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Chilcott: The Angry Planet

Magazine article Gramophone

Chilcott: The Angry Planet

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Chilcott

The Angry Planet (a). Five Days that Changed the World (b). The Miracle of the Spring (c)

(a) The Bach Choir; BBC Singers; (ab) Finchley Children's Music Group; (a) London Youth Choir; (a) The Young Singers / David Hill

Signum (S) (2) SIGCD422 (81 * DDD * T)

Bob Chilcott is the master of musical pragmatism, making the absolute most of limited forces and abilities. If that sounds like damning with faint praise, it's anything but. Chilcott's is a serious and deeply necessary skill, generating practical, enjoyable music for churches, schools and community ensembles. This album brings together Chilcott's recent music for young voices--all recorded here for the first time--including the choral miniature Five Days that Changed the World, The Miracle of the Spring for choir and percussion, and the large-scale cantata The Angry Planet.

What's most impressive here is the range of textures and effects Chilcott conjures from his choirs. Pairing adult SATB forces here the BBC Singers and The Bach Choir --with youth ensembles--Finchley Children's Music Group, London Youth Choir, The Young Singers--he offers everything from thick homophony to pulsing ostinatos and even spoken text against a background of aleatoric murmurings. …

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