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'My Beloved's Voice'

Magazine article Gramophone

'My Beloved's Voice'

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'My Beloved's Voice' 'Sacred Songs of Love' Bairstow I sat down under his shadow Brumel Sicut lilium Casals Nigra sum Clemens non Papa Ego flos campi Durufle Ubi caritas Finzi My lovely one Grieg How fair is thy face Hadley My beloved spake Muhly Set me as a seal Rivafrecha Anima mea Skempton How fair and how pleasant. How fair is thy love. My beloved is gone down. Rise up my love Vierne Pieces de fantalsie--Aubade R Walker As the apple tree Walton Set me as a seal SS Wesley Blessed be the God and Father Willan I held her beautiful as a dove. Rise up my love Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge / Mark Williams with Robert Dixon, Benjamin Morris org Signum (F) SIGCD370 (64' * DDD * T/t)

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Jesus College, Cambridge, has 'choirs' rather than a choir: the all-male Chapel Choir with its boy trebles, the mixed College Choir, and a Combined Choir that brings both groups together. 'My Beloved's Voice' features all three, taking advantage of three subtly different sonorities to explore repertoire that ranges from Renaissance polyphony to violet-scented Victoriana and contemporary works.

Running as a connecting thread through this wide-ranging music is the Song of Solomon with its fecund imagery of fruits and vines, and ecstatic portraits of the poet's beloved. …

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