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Release Date: Friday 18 May 2018
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Paul McCreesh leads the Gabrieli Consort in a collection of works that explores the diverse and extensive body of works dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary over the centuries. Music by Tallis, MacMillan, Howells and Leighton frames the world premiere of a new work by the young British composer, Matthew Martin: a setting of the Magnificat, interpolated with verses from the atmospheric medieval poem 'There is no rose'.
Gabrieli are world-renowned interpreters of great vocal and instrumental repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day. Formed as an early music ensemble by Paul McCreesh in 1982, Gabrieli has both outgrown and remained true to its original identity through its live performances and award-winning recordings for their Winged Lion label.
The Gabrieli Consort, under McCreesh, give an outstanding performance that is caught in superb sound by the Signum engineers - iClassical
Excellent recorded sound sets the seal on another outstanding issue from this outstanding team" - BBC Music Magazine
"the recording, especially as heard in 24-bit format, is excellent" - MusicWeb International
Nearly 78 minutes playing time
"Sweet tuning and subtle dynamic distinctions mark James MacMillan's Ave maris stella, with gleamingly pure-toned contributions from the soprano…Technically the most difficult piece is probably Matthew Martin's A Rose Magnificat…It is daily meat and drink to the superlative Gabrieli choir, who give a formidably encompassing performance…another outstanding issue from this outstanding team." BBC Music Choral & Song Choice June 2018
"he vogue for pairing Renaissance and contemporary choral works is well established but this is a programme that draws the dialogue between the two repertories into fresh animation...McCreesh's ear for a contemporary classic is unerring, and this is a programme to win new audiences for composers who aren't (yet) household names. The Park and Lane, along with MacMillan's Ave maris stella, are easy wins but it's Martin's A Rose Magnificat that demands a second and third return to the disc" Gramophone Editor's Choice July 2018
1 Of a rose is all my song Kenneth Leighton
2 Videte miraculum Thomas Tallis
3 As dew in Aprylle Peter Warlock
4 Magnificat Robert White
5 Ave maris stella James MacMillan
6 Ave maris stella John Sheppard
7 Ave maris stella Owain Park
8 Salve regina Robert Wylkynson
9 Salve regina Herbert Howells
10 There is no rose Jonathan Lane
11 A Rose Magnificat Matthew Martin