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99 Words / Digby, Voce Chamber Choir


Release Date: 01/05/2018 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 519  
Composer:  John TavenerRoxanna PanufnikMatthew Barley
Performer:  Matthew BarleyJames Sherlock
Conductor:  Suzi Digby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voce Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Voce Chamber Choir’s new disc is a moving tribute to Sir John Tavener, featuring a selection of works by him (many of which are previously unrecorded) and by Roxanna Panufnik. At the heart of the disc is the premiere recording of Panufnik’s 99 Words to my Darling Children, a moving setting of Tavener’s last message to his family. As well as the Voce Chamber Choir, the album features performances from cellist Matthew Barley, organist James Sherlock and narration from Simon Russell Beale. Voce is a dynamic London chamber choir founded by Suzi Digby and Harry Briggs in the summer of 2003. A diverse group of around 30 talented singers, they're well-known for their polished performances of challenging repertoire from across the musical spectrum; Read more from major canonical works to traditional and popular music from around the world. They also regularly commission and perform new works from the brightest rising stars on the choral music scene. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Svyati by John Tavener
Performer:  Matthew Barley (Cello)
Conductor:  Suzi Digby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voce Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; England 
2.
Heav'nly Harmony by Roxanna Panufnik
Performer:  James Sherlock (Organ)
Conductor:  Suzi Digby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voce Chamber Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
3.
Look in thy Glass by John Tavener
Conductor:  Suzi Digby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voce Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
4.
99 Words to my Darling Children by Roxanna Panufnik
Conductor:  Suzi Digby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voce Chamber Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
5.
Improvisation on Tavener Themes by Matthew Barley
Performer:  Matthew Barley (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
6.
Thrinos by John Tavener
Performer:  Matthew Barley (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; England 
7.
The Tablet of your Heart by Roxanna Panufnik
Performer:  James Sherlock (Organ)
Conductor:  Suzi Digby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voce Chamber Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
8.
Maha Maya by John Tavener
Performer:  James Sherlock (Organ)
Conductor:  Suzi Digby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voce Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Exceptional Tribute to John Tavener January 15, 2018 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "What a beautiful album. And what a fitting tribute to John Tavener and his unique artistic vision. 99 Words presents music that honors the memory of Tavener, interspersed with music by Tavener. It's a powerful combination. John Tavener's sublimely spiritual music has a serenity and transparency that sounds like no other. Roxanna Panufnik doesn't try to emulate Tavener's style. But her music seems to come from the same aesthetic. The title track is a heartbreaking, yet inspiring work. It's Panufnik's setting of Tavener's last letter to his children. The words are spoken, wreathen in choral sound clouds with a cello obbligato. The composer writes, the cello represents John [Tavener] -- supporting, encouraging, and embellishing the words. And that's exactly what it seems to do. Without copying Tavener, Panufnik has captured the essence of the composer. In the process, she's transformed his deeply personal message into one we can all embrace. The Voce Chamber Choir, directed by Suzi Digby, have an exceptional ensemble sound. And it takes an exceptional talent to make Tavener's music sound as ethereal as it should. The Voce Chamber Choir does so every time. This is just one of those releases where everything's right -- the program, the sequencing, the recording, the performances, and the music. Especially the music." Report Abuse
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