Time and its Passing

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Time and its Passing
Rodolfus, Ralph Allwood

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Release Date: Friday 20 November 2015

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The Rodolfus Choir return to disc on Signum with a stunning new collection of choral works drawn from composers spanning over 500 years. Ralph Allwood MBE introduces the programme and the personal inspiration behind it: "The concept of time is so rich that it has inspired a large body of writing and musical setting.

This collection is a tribute to my father, because I learnt so much about time from him. Mathematician and philosopher, theologian, musician and physicist, he was fascinated by our perception of time, and he and I had many discussions about its nature. In a trivial sense, music traces the passage of time, but also, as with all events, manipulates it. A watch traces a different pattern of time during events. But who is to say that the watch is 'right'."

"their musings on time take us in some fascinating and unexpected directions … a rewarding sequence, a good recording as well" (BBC Radio 3, Nov 2015)

"The fresh, unforced quality of these young singers brings a pleasant friction to grave-facing works like Gibbons's What is our life? and Howells's Even such is time, and comes into its own in the soft-focus sentimentality of Parry's Music, when soft voices die. Rooted in a warmly present bass section, the choral blend is always thoughtfully calibrated." (Gramophone, Nov 2015)

Tracks:

Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232: Et incarnatus est
Byrd: Diliges Dominum
Cruft: These Hours
Finzi: Haste on, my joys! (No. 6 from Seven Partsongs - Poems by Robert Bridges, Op. 17)
Gibbons, O: What is our life?
Howells: Even such is time
Jackson, Gabriel: To Morning 'O holy virgin! clad in purest white'
Kodály: Esti dal
Ley: A Prayer of King Henry VI
Parry: Music, when soft voices die
Pärt: Nunc dimittis
... which was the son of ...
Recknell: Ozymandias
Rowarth: The Evening Watch
Tallis:
Thou wast, O God
Miserere nostri, motet for 7 voices, P. 207
Tavener: O, do not move
trad.: The Three Ravens
arr. Edward Chapman
Victoria: Lux aeterna