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Sea Change

Sea Change

The Choral Music of Richard Rodney Bennett

John Rutter Conductor
The Cambridge Singers
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Farnham Youth Choir

CSCD521

RE-MIXED & RE-MASTERED

Taking advantage of the latest advances in audio technology, this re-release of  the first recorded survey of choral music the composer Richard Rodney Bennett is presented in a new stereo mix for the first time, in a spirit of tribute to his long and distinguished career.

The CD spans a period of over thirty years from the Five Carols written in 1967 through to A Farewell to Arms written in 2001. The disc also includes his virtuosic Sea Change, a luminous and visionary setting of various dreamlike texts; A Good Night, composed in 1999 for the ‘Garland for Linda’ project in memory of Linda McCartney and the Missa Brevis, his only piece of liturgical music, composed in 1990 for Canterbury Cathedral Choir.

Bennett’s choral pieces are all possessed of a gift for heart-melting, memorable and quintessentially English melody – and an instinctive lyric responsiveness to English poetry. Poetry always mattered intensely to Bennett and in his choral writing we find him setting some of the very greatest – Shakespeare, Donne, Marvell and Spenser – alongside slighter but exquisite lyrics by such poets as Herrick, Quarles and the medieval ‘anon’s.

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Listing Track   Composer   Length Listen
Sea Change
01. Sea Change | The isle is full of noises   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00
02. Sea Change | The Bermudas   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00
03. Sea Change | The waves come rolling   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00
04. Sea Change | Full fathom five   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00
05. A Farewell to Arms   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00
06. A Good-night   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00
07. Verses   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00
Missa Brevis
08. Missa Brevis | Gloria   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00
09. Missa Brevis | Kyrie   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00
10. Missa Brevis | Sanctus   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00
11. Missa Brevis | Agnus Dei   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00
Five Carols
12. Five Carols | There is no rose   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00
13. Five Carols | Out of your sleep   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00
14. Five Carols | That younge child   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00
15. Five Carols | Sweet was the song   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00
16. Five Carols | Susanni   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00
17. Lullay mine liking   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00
18. What sweeter music   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00
19. Puer Nobis   Richard Rodney Bennett   00:00

 

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