In Memoriam

 
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In Memoriam
The Choir of King's College London, Gareth Wilson

[ Delphian / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 18 March 2016

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The choir which David Trendell directed for twenty-two years pays tribute to him in a collection of specially chosen pieces by David's colleagues, friends and former students, interspersed with the Renaissance polyphony which was Trendell's area of scholarly expertise. His deep love for the Song of Songs has inspired many of the inclusions, and its nature imagery threads through the disc, adding a suggestion of renewal and rebirth to the memorial tone of works written in the difficult months after his untimely death. The composers' affection for David and gratitude for his life and musical achievements is matched by the intelligence and deep musicality of the choir he raised to an international reputation, and which here takes on a sophisticated and challenging programme in his memory.

"This disc is the result of an outpouring of love and, naturally, of grief, brought together in a splendid collection that stands as a celebration of David [Trendell's] life as much as a memorial…[the choir produces] renditions of transparent beauty and exemplary balance. A radiant tribute to a radiant musician" (Gramophone)

"The Choir of King's College do David Trendell's memory proud here. I've admired several of their previous discs and I mean it as a sincere compliment when I say that his passing does not appear to have affected their standards. Clearly Gareth Wilson had stepped into the breach to excellent effect; he has trained them very well in what must have been a musically and emotionally demanding programme. As is invariably the case, Delphian's production values are high. Paul Baxter has recorded the choir with his customary skill and clarity. The notes are by Michael Emery who manages to combine in them with great success a tribute to David Trendell and useful comments about the music." (MusicWeb)

Tracks:

1 Laudibus in sanctis [5:18]
William Byrd
2 Duo seraphim [5:09]
Matthew Kaner
3-4 Magnificat & Nunc dimittis (Collegium Regale)
Gareth Wilson [11:00]
5-6 ushnarasmou - untimely spring [8:42]
Silvina Milstein
7 Nigra sum sed formosa [6:30]
Francis Pott
8 Nigra sum sed formosa [5:31]
Jean Lhéritier
9 Ego sum resurrectio et vita [2:27]
Robert Busiakiewicz
10-11 Magnificat & Nunc dimittis [7:07]
Rob Keeley
12-13 Pie Jesu (Prayer of the Heart) [12:33]
Antony Pitts
14 An Invocation to the Holy Spirit [2:43]
Matthew Martin
15 Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui [4:38]
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
16 Ego flos campi [5:27]
Jacob Clemens Non Papa
17 Panis angelicus [2:46]
Francis Grier