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Song Of Songs / Mike Brewer, Laudibus

Laudibus / Brewer
Release Date: 12/18/2007 
Label:  Delphian   Catalog #: 34042   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giovanni PalestrinaSir William WaltonGuillaume BouzignacHoward Skempton,   ... 
Conductor:  Mike Brewer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laudibus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As Anthony Burton indicates in the booklet, although it is frequently argued that The Song of Solomon is an allegory of the soul’s relationship with the deity, it is difficult not to accept it as what it appears to be, a celebration of erotic love. That said, several pieces here lean towards the reverent and spiritual rather than the sensual and sexual, if only because of the circumstances of their creation. Even then, the nature of the inspiration for these works is not necessarily straightforward: Palestrina, in dedicating his book of settings to the Pope as an apology for earlier madrigals on the subject of profane love, conceded that the music was ‘somewhat livelier than I have been accustomed to use in ecclesiastical melodies.’ The Read more mixture of music from five centuries is successful, the leaps in time barely perceptible. Whether ostensibly promoting religious devotion or glorying in physical love, each work is pervaded with a controlled yet sensuous pleasure in texture and melody, and it’s pleasing to hear some lesser-known composers next to the usual suspects. Skempton and Jackson’s settings, holding their own alongside even Victoria, receive welcome premiere recordings. The cover design may suggest a budget-compilation of R&B-lite hits, but the music, performances and sound on the disc are warm, sensitive and luminous.

-- Barry Witherden, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Set me as a seal upon thine heart by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Mike Brewer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laudibus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; England 
Venue:  St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, Lond 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
Surge, amica mea, motet for 6 voices by Guillaume Bouzignac
Conductor:  Mike Brewer
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Venue:  St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, Lond 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3.
Rise up, my love by Howard Skempton
Conductor:  Mike Brewer
Written: 2002 
Venue:  St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, Lond 
Length: 10 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4.
I am the Rose of Sharon, for chorus by Gabriel Jackson
Conductor:  Mike Brewer
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2001 
Venue:  St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, Lond 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
5.
Dilectus meus mihi, for solo voices & chorus by Francis Grier
Conductor:  Mike Brewer
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1987; England 
Venue:  St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, Lond 
Length: 7 Minutes 19 Secs. 
6.
Descendi in hortum meum by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Mike Brewer
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1584; Italy 
Venue:  St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, Lond 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
7.
Le cantique des cantiques by Jean Yves Daniel-Lesur
Conductor:  Mike Brewer
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; France 
Venue:  St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, Lond 
Length: 20 Minutes 52 Secs. 
8.
Quam pulchra es, MB 44 by John Dunstable
Conductor:  Mike Brewer
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
Venue:  St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, Lond 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
9.
Vadam, et circumibo civitatem, motet for 6 voices by Tomás L. de Victoria
Conductor:  Mike Brewer
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Venue:  St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, Lond 
Length: 9 Minutes 57 Secs. 

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