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When I'm Gone - Allain / Brewer, Harle, Laudibus, Et Al


Release Date: 02/14/2006 
Label:  Delphian   Catalog #: 34026   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Allain
Performer:  John Harle
Conductor:  Michael Brewer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Choir of Great BritainLaudibus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A single note twice opening out in a big crescendo to a wide-spaced, ringing discord; high clouds of sound created by free-time repetitions, floating over collective whispering and then powerful parallel chords. The Salve regina which opens this disc of sacred works by the British composer Richard Allain (b1965) immediately proclaims his unusually imaginative ear for choral textures. Although he can occasionally lapse into the conventional, as in the jazzily syncopated Gloria of his Missa brevis for women’s voices and organ, his music generally maintains a high level of originality and interest. Even the 23-minute Improperia for the Good Friday liturgy sustains attention, with the help of a clear refrain structure. Moreover, Allain’s Read more inventive sense of colour doesn’t desert him when he writes for saxophone and organ, both accompanying a solo soprano in a Song of Songs setting and in the purely instrumental Memento homo. Mike Brewer’s two choirs, the 74-strong National Youth Choir and the chamber-scale Laudibus, both do Allain proud with confident, committed performances – as do the solo team, with John Harle’s plangent soprano saxophone to the fore. The recordings, made in a south London church and in St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, are poorly matched in level but suitably atmospheric.

-- Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Salve Regina by Richard Allain
Performer:  John Harle (Soprano Saxophone)
Conductor:  Michael Brewer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Choir of Great Britain,  Laudibus
Period: 20th Century 
2.
At Night by Richard Allain
Performer:  John Harle (Soprano Saxophone)
Conductor:  Michael Brewer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Choir of Great Britain,  Laudibus
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Seek the one my spirit loves by Richard Allain
Performer:  John Harle (Soprano Saxophone)
Conductor:  Michael Brewer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Choir of Great Britain,  Laudibus
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Bow down thine ear, o Lord by Richard Allain
Performer:  John Harle (Soprano Saxophone)
Conductor:  Michael Brewer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Choir of Great Britain,  Laudibus
Period: 20th Century 
5.
Missa brevis by Richard Allain
Performer:  John Harle (Soprano Saxophone)
Conductor:  Michael Brewer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Choir of Great Britain,  Laudibus
Period: 20th Century 
6.
Improperia by Richard Allain
Performer:  John Harle (Soprano Saxophone)
Conductor:  Michael Brewer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Choir of Great Britain,  Laudibus
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Memento homo by Richard Allain
Performer:  John Harle (Soprano Saxophone)
Conductor:  Michael Brewer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Choir of Great Britain,  Laudibus
Period: 20th Century 

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