All Shall Be Well CD

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Exultate Singers' first release on the Naxos label offers connections and contrasts in music of devotion and consolation in a wide-ranging programme including music by Roxanna Panufnik, Holst, Vaughan Williams, Rachmaninov, Tavener, Górecki, Mäntyjärvi, Villette and Nystedt.

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Exultate Singers’ first release on the Naxos label offers connections and contrasts in music of devotion and consolation in a wide-ranging programme.

The settings by life-long friends Holst and Vaughan Williams, whilst very different, are highly affecting. The music of Rachmaninov, whose hymn derives from his 1915 All-Night Vigil, and John Tavener is immersed in the ritual of the Russian Orthodox Church. Marian Prayers come from Pierre Villette and Knut Nystedt. The music that gives its name to the title of the disc is the beautiful ‘conversation’ of Roxanna Panufnik, All Shall Be Well, which the choir commissioned in 2009. The piece, scored for double choir and cello, was written for a concert marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and was premiered in Clifton Cathedral.

1. All Shall Be Well (premiere recording) – Roxanna Panufnik (b.1968)
2. Nunc Dimittis – Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
3. Valiant-for-Truth – Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
4. Bogoroditsye Dyevo – Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
5. Svyati – John Tavener (b.1944)
6. Totus Tuus – Henryk Górecki (1933-2010)
7. O magnum mysterium – Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (b.1963)
8. Hymne à la Vierge – Pierre Villette (1926-1998)
9. Stabat Mater – Knut Nystedt (b.1915)

With Richard May – cello

The CD was recorded in St Georges Bristol, and was released on 1st May 2012.

The CD was featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune on 10th May, and was played on Radio 3’s The Choir on Sunday 3rd June. It was selected as the Essential CD of the Week on Rob Cowan’s Essential Classics for the week of Monday 4th – Friday 8th June.

Recorded at St George’s Bristol, UK 11-12 June 2011. Recorded, edited & mastered by Colin Rae; Producer: Daniel Moult; booklet notes: David Ogden; vocal coach: Frith Trezevant; language coaches: Alicja Mazur, Olena Shvetsova, Elizabeth Corrigan

“An exciting new CD” Aled Jones, The Choir, BBC Radio 3

“The emergence of the Exultate Singers, founded in 2002 by David Ogden, adds to the growing list of stellar British mixed choirs capable of producing topnotch performances of some of the most dauntingly challenging choral literature.” AllMusic

“This imaginatively programmed disc marks the Exultate Singers out as a choir to be reckoned with.” BBC Music Magazine

“Sung with requisite purity by the Exultate Singers under David Ogden… the most powerful tracks are John Tavener’s exotic Syvati and Henryk Górecki’s Totus tuus, a work that encourages pure contemplation.” Financial Times

“Exultate’s style of singing stands apart from the mainstream major British choral groups, the warm quality generated by thirty-eight voices, and being much larger than their famous counterparts, the tone is not stressed. Very good sound from the popular UK recording location in St. George’s, Bristol.” David Denton, Naxos.com

‘This is a beautifully sung account with a fine narrative sense and scrupulous attention to the composer’s dynamic markings…Richard May’s cello playing in all three works is outstandingly fine and his contribution is one of the great strengths of the disc. The recording is full and rich, beautifully balanced and clear, with an attractive church acoustic…Choral enthusiasts to whom the programme appeals shouldn’t hesitate.’ © 2012 International Record Review

6 reviews for All Shall Be Well CD

  1. Stephen Eddins, AllMusic.com

    “The emergence of the Exultate Singers, founded in 2002 by David Ogden, adds to the growing list of stellar British mixed choirs capable of producing topnotch performances of some of the most dauntingly challenging choral literature.” AllMusic.com

  2. David Denton, Naxos.com

    Nine composers from very different times, different countries, and drawn to sacred music for different reasons. At the head of that list would be placed the young Ralph Vaughan Williams who spent a considerable amount of time gathering together, arranging and composing the large hymnal now used by the Church of England. He had no religious inclinations, but continued writing music with sacred connotations, one such work being the motet, Valiant-for-Truth, written on the death of a friend in 1940. Roxanna Panufnik’s All Shall Be Well reflected her feelings on a twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, part of the text taken from a Polish prayer as they went into battle. Holst’s setting of the canticle Nunc dimittis does not appear to have been particularly important to him and was first performed forty years after his death; Bogoroditsye Dyevo, is part of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, the pinnacle of Russian sacred works; Gorecki’s vivid and outgoing Totus Tuus came in celebration of Pope John Paul’s third pilgrimage to his native Poland; O magnum mysterium by the Finnish composer, Jaakko Mantyjarvi, spreads modern harmonies over its roots embedded in chant, while the disc’s most extensive work comes from the Finnish composer, Knut Nystedt, with the 13th century poem reflecting Mary’s agony at seeing her son on the cross. I leave my first choice to last: John Tavener’s Svyati is a masterpiece in expressing his response to death from his adopted Russian Orthodox Church. Exultate’s style of singing stands apart from the mainstream major British choral groups, the warm quality generated by thirty-eight voices, and being much larger than their famous counterparts, the tone is not stressed. Very good sound from the popular UK recording location in St. George’s, Bristol. David Denton, Naxos.com

  3. Financial Times

    “Sung with requisite purity by the Exultate Singers under David Ogden… the most powerful tracks are John Tavener’s exotic Syvati and Henryk Górecki’s Totus tuus, a work that encourages pure contemplation.” Financial Times

  4. Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine

    “This imaginatively programmed disc marks the Exultate Singers out as a choir to be reckoned with.” BBC Music Magazine

  5. William Hedley, International Record Review

    ‘This is a beautifully sung account with a fine narrative sense and scrupulous attention to the composer’s dynamic markings…Richard May’s cello playing in all three works is outstandingly fine and his contribution is one of the great strengths of the disc. The recording is full and rich, beautifully balanced and clear, with an attractive church acoustic… Choral enthusiasts to whom the programme appeals shouldn’t hesitate.’ © 2012 International Record Review

  6. Headintheclouds, Amazon.co.uk

    Creates a brilliantly peaceful mood. Good to have the more modern works too.

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