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Kakabadse: Cantica Sacra / Ross, Clare College Cambridge Alumni Choir


Release Date: 05/13/2016 
Label:  Divine Art   Catalog #: 25135   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Lydia Kakabadse
Performer:  Grace Durham
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Alumni Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

British-born composer Lydia Kakabadse shows her multicultural heritage through her choral music. Written in the Western church tradition, her music is also highly influenced by the modes of middle-eastern music and ancient Greece. This collection of choral works consists of liturgical texts, some of which have been set into a mini-cantata, called a ‘Concert Requiem Mass’ by Kakabadse. Performing these works are alumni members of the renowned Clare College Choir. British-born composer Lydia Kakabadse shows her multicultural heritage through her choral music. Written in the Western church tradition, her music is also highly influenced by the modes of middle-eastern music and ancient Greece. This collection of choral works consists of liturgical texts, some of which have been set into a mini-cantata, called a ‘Concert Requiem Mass’ by Kakabadse. Performing these works are alumni members of the renowned Clare College Choir. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Spectre of the Maiden Scorned by Lydia Kakabadse
Performer:  Grace Durham (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Graham Ross
2.
Cantica Sacra by Lydia Kakabadse
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Alumni Choir
3.
Kontakia by Lydia Kakabadse
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Alumni Choir
4.
Theotokia by Lydia Kakabadse
Conductor:  Graham Ross
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Alumni Choir

Customer Reviews

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 Appealing music from a meld of traditions May 13, 2016 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Here is new music that should appeal to a wide audience. Lydia Kakabadse has a melodic gift, and is able to present an interesting meld of musical traditions into immediately appealing music. Kakabadse's musical heritage comes from her Russian/Georgian father and her Greek/Austrian mother, and from her Greek/Russian Orthodox faith. She was born and raised in Cheshire, so the English choral tradition is part of this appealing mix. The music included in this CD is direct and clear, but with exotic overtones, sounding like Orthodox chants or Vaughan Williams' G Minor Mass one minute, and Carl Orff or 1940s Hollywood fantasy the next. The music is often serious but never bleak, and the mood is often broken by a sprightly tune, like a ray of sunshine in a dark church. The singing by the Alumni of the Choir of Clare College Cambridge, under the direction of Graham Ross, is outstanding. They're helped out by an excellent instrumental group, and some expert sound engineering. This disc is highly recommended; I look forward to more music from this fascinating composer." Report Abuse
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