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JACKSON, G.: Requiem / In all his works / I am the voice of the wind / POTT, F.: When David heard (Vasari Singers, Backhouse)

Artist(s) Vasari Singers, Choir • Backhouse, Jeremy, Conductor • Herring, Carl, guitar
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredChoral - Secular
Catalogue 8.573049
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


While the unifying thread which links these works is that of loss, the underlying focus is an uplifting celebration of life and love. Gabriel Jackson’s Requiem combines traditional solemnity with poems which embrace wide-ranging spirituality, resulting in images of light and radiant optimism. Contrasting poignancy of expression is heard in personal tributes from John Tavener and Francis Pott, while Bob Chilcott uses Pachelbel’s famous Canon to set Oscar Wilde’s Requiescat. Vasari Singers’ Great British Anthems (8.572504) was described as ‘essential listening’ by Gramophone.


Review By Jerónimo Marín,Ritmo,July 2013

Reconfortante y esplendorosa es la música de este Requiemde Gabriel Jackson (1962), donde son intercalados otros poemas entre los textos litúrgicos tradicionales, todo para reflejar, en palabras del propio Jackson, una creencia de que la muerte “es la puerta de entrada a un mundo mejor”. No es necesario compartir tal creencia para disfrutar de esta maravillosa música en interpretación modélica de uno de los mejores coros actuales, los Vasary Singers, con su director titular Jeremy Blackhouse. Esta música está erizada de dificultades técnicas, como el número Epitafio, en el que Jackson pone a prueba al coro con glissandi, ritmos entrecortados, escritura conmuchos divisi, todo al servicio de imitar el


Review By John Quinn,MusicWeb International,October 2012

…all the performances on this CD are first rate. I have the impression that this is a programme that matters to Jeremy Backhouse and his choir. The recorded sound is very good and the notes, which are chiefly by Gabriel Jackson and Francis Pott about their own works, are good. This is a disc that should be investigated by all those who are interested in contemporary choral music. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review


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