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BINGHAM: Choral works

Composer(s):Bingham, Judith
Artist(s)
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicChoral - Secular
Catalogue 8.570346
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The British composer Judith Bingham was for several years a member of the BBC Singers and before that the Symphony Chorus, so it is not surprising that choral music makes up a major part of her compositional output. Salt in the Blood is a ghost story based on the legend of a fatal quarrel between two Norwegian sailors over who was the better dancer. Four traditional sea shanties form the backbone of the music, and its text draws from fragments of ships’ log books, the Beaufort Scale, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. A 2004 BBC Proms commission, The Secret Garden is a magical and intriguing piece in which Bingham imagines what the Garden of Eden was like after Adam and Eve’s expulsion, and

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Review By Guy Rickards,Gramophone,April 2007

The performances all round are first rate and the recorded sound is excellent, which is no less than Bingham deserves. The BBC Symphony Chorus sing with gusto and Fine Arts Brass relish some fine brass writing, not least in The Snow Descends (1997), an atmospheric paraphrase for brass of one of Bingham’s choral works. Recommended.




Review By David Denton, Naxos,February 2007

I felt rather sad at reaching the seventh and last volume of the Kodaly’s complete Schubert string quartets, a feeling made no better by that sombre opening to the Quartettsatz, which is here so heavily laden with sadness. The complete cycle has been a long time coming, but with each new disc the wait has been amply rewarded. The Quartettsatz is a work I have loved playing and in this quite gorgeous performance it sets the scene for a disc that continues the unfussy presentation characteristic of their playing throughout the series. In essence this final release is a ‘sweeping-up’ of all the bits and pieces that Schubert produced for string quartet. Much comes from the precocious teenager and most are incomplete. He was just 16 when he composed the Fifth Quartet, a

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