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99 Words

Voce Chamber Choir

99 Words

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212051924
Catnr: SIGCD 519
Release date: 08 December 2017
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212051924
Catalogue number
SIGCD 519
Release date
08 December 2017
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About the album

Voce Chamber Choir’s new album is a moving tribute to Sir John Tavener, featuring a selection of works by him (many of which are previously unrecorded) and by Roxanna Panufnik. At the heart of the album is the premiere recording of Panufnik’s 99 Words to my Darling Children, a moving setting of Tavener’s last message to his family.

As well as the Voce Chamber Choir, the disc features performances from cellist Matthew Barley, organist James Sherlock and narration from Simon Russell Beale.

Het nieuwe album van Voce Chamber Choir is een ontroerend eerbetoon aan Sir John Tavener, met een selectie van zijn werken (waarvan velen nog niet eerder zijn opgenomen) en die van Roxanna Panufnik. In de kern van het album is de premièreopname van Panufniks 99 Words to my Darling Children, een ontroerende toonzetting van Taveners laatste boodschap aan zijn familie.

Naast Voce Chamber Choir werkten cellist Matthew Barley, organist James Sherlock en hooggewaardeerd acteur Simon Russell Beale mee aan de opnames op het album.

Artist(s)

Voce Chamber Choir

Voce is a dynamic London chamber choir founded by Suzi Digby and Harry Briggs in the summer of 2003. A diverse group of around 30 talented singers, we're well-known for our polished performances of challenging repertoire from across the musical spectrum; from major canonical works to traditional and popular music from around the world. Voce also regularly commissions and performs new works from the brightest rising stars on the choral music scene. Voce singers come from all walks of life. Among our ranks are professional musicians, teachers, students, nurses, civil servants, social workers, lawyers, arts administrators, priests... in fact, if the apocalypse happened during a concert, Voce would probably be able to rebuild civilisation from scratch. Until then, we're united by...
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Voce is a dynamic London chamber choir founded by Suzi Digby and Harry Briggs in the summer of 2003. A diverse group of around 30 talented singers, we're well-known for our polished performances of challenging repertoire from across the musical spectrum; from major canonical works to traditional and popular music from around the world. Voce also regularly commissions and performs new works from the brightest rising stars on the choral music scene.
Voce singers come from all walks of life. Among our ranks are professional musicians, teachers, students, nurses, civil servants, social workers, lawyers, arts administrators, priests... in fact, if the apocalypse happened during a concert, Voce would probably be able to rebuild civilisation from scratch. Until then, we're united by our shared love of music and choral singing.

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Suzi Digby (conductor)

Suzi Digby was born Japan and lived in Hong Kong, Mexico and the Philippines before settling in London en Cambridge. She is an internationally renowned choral conductor and music educator. She has trailblazed the revival of singing in UK schools and the community over two and a half decades.  Suzi founded and runs the following influential  arts/education organisations: The Voices Foundation (the UK’s leading Primary Music Education Charity); Voce Chamber Choir (one of London’s finest young Chamber Choirs); Vocal Futures (Nurturing young [16-22] audiences for classical music); Singing4Success (Leadership and 'Accelerated Learning' for corporates); the London Youth Choir (a pyramid of 5 choirs, 8-22, serving all ethnic communities in London’s 33 boroughs); ORA (a professional vocal consort, commissioning international choral works as...
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Suzi Digby was born Japan and lived in Hong Kong, Mexico and the Philippines before settling in London en Cambridge. She is an internationally renowned choral conductor and music educator. She has trailblazed the revival of singing in UK schools and the community over two and a half decades. Suzi founded and runs the following influential arts/education organisations: The Voices Foundation (the UK’s leading Primary Music Education Charity); Voce Chamber Choir (one of London’s finest young Chamber Choirs); Vocal Futures (Nurturing young [16-22] audiences for classical music); Singing4Success (Leadership and "Accelerated Learning" for corporates); the London Youth Choir (a pyramid of 5 choirs, 8-22, serving all ethnic communities in London’s 33 boroughs); ORA (a professional vocal consort, commissioning international choral works as ‘reflections’ of Renaissance masterworks); and The Golden Bridge (one of the finest professional consorts in California, which commissions Californian composers to reflect masterpieces of the English ‘Golden’ Tudor Age and of the European Renaissance).
Suzi has conducted many major choral-orchestral works with, amongst others: BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, The English Concert, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Brandenburg Festival Orchestra. Venues at which she has conducted include The Royal Albert Hall, St John’s Smith Square, the Gstaad Festival;,Ambika P3, London, St Martin in the Fields, St James’ Piccadilly, King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.
Suzi is the official choral conductor for the Rolling Stones and has fixed and coached 70 local choirs for 70 cities Internationally for their 50th Anniversary Tour.

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Composer(s)

Matthew Barley (cello)

Matthew Barley has created a unique international career full of improvisation, new music, cutting-edge computer technology, collaboration with jazz and Indian musicians, education, and arranging – but always with cello playing at the heart. He has played with some of the finest orchestras (Frankfurt Radio Symphony, BBC Philharmonic/Scottish, Czech Philharmonic), in some of the greatest concert halls, given premieres by major composers (MacMillan, Dusapin, Larcher) and appeared on tv and radio worldwide. He counts himself blessed to be able to dream up unusual projects and (usually) make them happen, and also pursue his own personal dreams of spending time with family and in nature. He lives in London with his wife, violinist Viktoria Mullova.
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Matthew Barley has created a unique international career full of improvisation, new music, cutting-edge computer technology, collaboration with jazz and Indian musicians, education, and arranging – but always with cello playing at the heart.
He has played with some of the finest orchestras (Frankfurt Radio Symphony, BBC Philharmonic/Scottish, Czech Philharmonic), in some of the greatest concert halls, given premieres by major composers (MacMillan, Dusapin, Larcher) and appeared on tv and radio worldwide.
He counts himself blessed to be able to dream up unusual projects and (usually) make them happen, and also pursue his own personal dreams of spending time with family and in nature. He lives in London with his wife, violinist Viktoria Mullova.

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John Tavener

Sir John Kenneth Tavener was an English composer, known for his extensive output of religious works, including The Protecting Veil, Song for Athene and The Lamb. Tavener first came to prominence with his cantata The Whale, premiered in 1968. Then aged 24, he was described by The Guardian as 'the musical discovery of the year', while The Times said he was 'among the very best creative talents of his generation.' During his career he became one of the best known and popular composers of his generation, most particularly for The Protecting Veil, which as recorded by cellist Steven Isserlis became a bestselling album, and Song for Athene which was sung at the funeral of Princess Diana. The Lamb featured in the...
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Sir John Kenneth Tavener was an English composer, known for his extensive output of religious works, including The Protecting Veil, Song for Athene and The Lamb.
Tavener first came to prominence with his cantata The Whale, premiered in 1968. Then aged 24, he was described by The Guardian as "the musical discovery of the year", while The Times said he was "among the very best creative talents of his generation." During his career he became one of the best known and popular composers of his generation, most particularly for The Protecting Veil, which as recorded by cellist Steven Isserlis became a bestselling album, and Song for Athene which was sung at the funeral of Princess Diana. The Lamb featured in the soundtrack for Paolo Sorrentino's film The Great Beauty. Tavener was knighted in 2000 for his services to music and won an Ivor Novello Award.

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Roxanna Panufnik

ROXANNA PANUFNIK b.1968 ARAM, GRSM(hons), LRAM studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and, since then, has written a wide range of pieces – opera, ballet, music theatre, choral works, orchestral and chamber compositions, and music for film and television – which are performed all over the world. She has a great love of music from a huge variety of cultures and different faiths, whose influence she uses liberally throughout her compositions.  2018, Roxanna’s 50th Birthday year, saw some exciting commissions and premieres for the BBC Last Night of the Proms and a co-commissioned oratorio “Faithful Journey – a Mass for Poland” for City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Poland, marking Poland’s centenary as...
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ROXANNA PANUFNIK b.1968 ARAM, GRSM(hons), LRAM studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and, since then, has written a wide range of pieces – opera, ballet, music theatre, choral works, orchestral and chamber compositions, and music for film and television – which are performed all over the world. She has a great love of music from a huge variety of cultures and different faiths, whose influence she uses liberally throughout her compositions. 2018, Roxanna’s 50th Birthday year, saw some exciting commissions and premieres for the BBC Last Night of the Proms and a co-commissioned oratorio “Faithful Journey – a Mass for Poland” for City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Poland, marking Poland’s centenary as an independent state. 2019 included a new commission for two conductors and two choirs, premiered by Marin Alsop and Valentina Peleggi with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and 2022 will see the world premiere of “Ever Us” for 10 choirs symphony orchestra commissioned by the Rundfunkchor Berlin for their 2020 Beethoven anniversary celebrations and a new opera for Garsington Opera.

Her works are published by Peters Edition Ltd and recorded on many labels including Signum, Warner Classics, Chandos, and EMI Classics.


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