Archer: At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners (CR014)
Review by Choir & Organ
Listen and Buy on Convivium Records
The only (minor) quibble here is that the young Convivium voices sound slightly remote in the admittedly difficult acoustics of Portsmouth Cathedral. Malcolm Archer is well practised at writing for such grand spaces. He never muddies the sound with excess notation or decoration that doesn’t add to the architecture of a piece. His instinct for text is evident in his lovely The Carol of the Stable, where the light-voiced ‘l’ sounds carry much of the music.
The title setting of Donne is eminently singable and plain-spoken, a reminder that the Dean of St Paul’s was a preacher as well as a ‘Metaphysical’. As we mark the centenary of the first world war next year, we might do worse than adopt Archer’s In War, Resolution (based on a line Churchill wrote in 1948 but apparently said 30 years earlier) as an anthem of peace.
Brian Morton, Choir & Organ, 21st July 2013
Choir & Organ is the leading independent magazine for all professionals and amateurs in the choral and organ worlds – whether you are an organist, choral director or singer, organ builder, keen listener, or work in publishing or the record industry, Choir & Organ is a must-read wherever you live and work.
Every two months our expert contributors bring you beautifully illustrated features on newly built and restored organs, insights into the lives and views of leading organists, choral directors and composers, profiles of pioneering and well-established choirs, and topical coverage of new research, festivals and exhibitions. In keeping with our commitment to music at the cutting edge, we commission a new work from a young composer in every issue, making the score freely available for download and performance.
Our international news and previews, with breaking stories, key awards and forthcoming premieres, combine with reviews of the latest CDs, DVDs and sheet music, and listings of recitals, festivals and courses, to keep you up to date with events and developments around the world.
Visit website: Choir & Organ
Convivium Records is a private recording, production, and distribution label, based in London, UK, provides cost conscious opportunities for composers, performers, educators and students to release and market their music on disc and online globally to professional studio standard. With a range of label artists from contemporary British composers to cathedral choirs, performers and vocal ensembles, the label offers expertise across all aspects of private and commercial productions, with a team of engineers, performers, directors, producers and designers supporting projects from concept to album delivery and marketing.
Media Enquiries, Review Copies & Contact
For press enquiries, information, or to request review copies of this work, please visit www.conviviumrecords.co.uk or contact Mike Cooter, Communications Director: email@example.com | T. 07941 871258
For latest news, follow Convivium Records on: