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Philip Moore: Awake Up My Glory / Matthew Owens, Exon Singers

Moore / Exon Singers / Owns / Vaughn
Release Date: 12/14/2010 
Label:  Regent   Catalog #: 315  
Composer:  Philip Moore
Performer:  Jonathan VaughnSusan Hamilton
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Exon Singers

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



P. MOORE Awake Up My Glory. Salve Regina. O sacrum convivium. All Wisdom Cometh from the Lord. 3 Pieces for Withycombe (org. solo). Thou Art My Life. Magnificat and Nunc Dimitas in B?. Dance-Rondo (org. solo). The Song of Roses. In Memoriam 1. Cantate Domino and Deus Miseratur Matthew Owens, cond; Read more 1 Susan Hamilton (sop); Jonathan Vaughn (org); Exon Singers REGENT REGCD315 (71:15 Text and Translation)


Philip Moore (b.1943), who studied at the venerable Royal College of Music, is squarely in the traditions of Hubert Parry, Edward C. Bairstow, and, with a bit of a stretch, Ralph Vaughan Williams. But, as in the case of all composers worthy of the name, he takes the languages of his forebears into new dimensions without leaving sight of them. He also shares some traits with John Tavener and John Rutter of the competing Royal Academy of Music—a user-friendly sweetness of utterance that compels the listener to live in the moment. To be sure there are a few other modernistic elements to this music. First, its harmonic structure is quite simple—a lot of unisons and two-part harmonies. Second, the harmonic rhythm is often comparatively slow in true Minimalist fashion. When there is a chord change, it therefore has greater than expected impact. Third, some of these pieces are rhythmically driven with catchy syncopations.


It is in the penultimate piece, In Memoriam , that all of Moore’s virtues, for me, come to the fore. It was inspired by the death of his cousin Duncan Johnston, organist of St. Columba’s, Pont Street, London. In this case his inspiration is far more personal, and Susan Hamilton’s soprano is unerringly appropriate to the music. She sings simply and with a boy soprano’s sweetness and innocence. Operatically trained sopranos need not apply in this repertoire. As a result, the composer’s personal grief is more than palpable in this seemingly modest cantata for soprano and organ.


The choral singing is in the typical British tradition—one that had inspired Handel and Haydn after him to write some of their most brilliant vocal works. The sound, given the resonant space of Wells Cathedral in Somerset, England, is full-bodied and detailed. The organ is also well recorded.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Awake up my glory by Philip Moore
Performer:  Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Exon Singers
2.
Salve Regina by Philip Moore
Performer:  Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Exon Singers
3.
O sacrum convivium by Philip Moore
Performer:  Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Exon Singers
4.
All wisdom cometh from the Lord by Philip Moore
Performer:  Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Exon Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; England 
5.
Thou art my life by Philip Moore
Performer:  Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Exon Singers
6.
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B flat major by Philip Moore
Performer:  Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Exon Singers
7.
Song of the Roses by Philip Moore
Performer:  Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Exon Singers
8.
In Memoriam by Philip Moore
Performer:  Jonathan Vaughn (Organ), Susan Hamilton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Exon Singers
9.
Cantate Domino and Deus Misereatur by Philip Moore
Performer:  Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Exon Singers
10.
Pieces (3) for Withycombe by Philip Moore
Performer:  Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Exon Singers
11.
Dance-Rondo by Philip Moore
Performer:  Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Exon Singers

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