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Gabriel Jackson: Requiem / Backhouse, Vasari Singers

Jackson / Herring / Vasari Singers / Backhouse
Release Date: 10/30/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573049   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gabriel JacksonJohann PachelbelJohn TavenerFrancis Pott
Performer:  Carl Herring
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

While the unifying thread which links these works is that of loss, the underlying focus is an uplifting celebration of life and love. Gabriel Jackson’s Requiem combines traditional solemnity with poems which embrace wide-ranging spirituality, resulting in images of light and radiant optimism. Contrasting poignancy of expression is heard in personal tributes from John Tavener and Francis Pott, while Bob Chilcott uses Pachelbel’s famous Canon to set Oscar Wilde’s Requiescat. Vasari Singers’ Great British Anthems (8.572504) was described as ‘essential listening’ by Gramophone. While the unifying thread which links these works is that of loss, the underlying focus is an uplifting celebration of life and love. Gabriel Jackson’s Requiem combines traditional solemnity with poems which embrace wide-ranging spirituality, resulting in images of light and radiant optimism. Contrasting poignancy of expression is heard in personal tributes from John Tavener and Francis Pott, while Bob Chilcott uses Pachelbel’s famous Canon to set Oscar Wilde’s Requiescat. Vasari Singers’ Great British Anthems (8.572504) was described as ‘essential listening’ by Gramophone. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
In All His Works by Gabriel Jackson
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
2.
I am the Voice of the Wind by Gabriel Jackson
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
3.
Requiem by Gabriel Jackson
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
4.
Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major: Canon by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Carl Herring (Guitar)
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Notes: Arrangement: Bob Chilcott 
5.
Song for Athene by John Tavener
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; England 
6.
When David Heard that Absalom was Slain by Francis Pott
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers

Sound Samples

Requiem: aeternam I
Requiem: Epitaph
Requiem: aeternam II
Requiem: Autumn Wind of Eve
Requiem: Sanctus - Benedictus
Requiem: Peace, My Heart
Requiem: Lux aeterna
In all his works
I am the voice of the wind
Canon and Gigue in D major: Canon (arr. B. Chilcott for chorus and guitar as Canon, "Rosa Mystica")
Song for Athene
When David Heard that Absalom was Slain

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