Cloths of Heaven

Cloths of Heaven by SANSARA (CR037)

Review by Cathedral Music Magazine

Listen and buy on Convivium Records

Sansara is an acclaimed choral group of young professional singers. Formed in 2013, it won the London International A Cappella Choir competition two years later. This is their first CD, the music of which ranges from Gombert (c1495-1560) to the present day. The overall scheme is darkness to light, although much of the music is fairly slow-moving and reflective in character. This isn’t really surprising as a majority of settings are for the Requiem Mass, Ash Wednesday, David’s mourning for his son Absalom, and the Lamentations of Jeremiah. Unusually, the conducting of the group is shared amongst four of the singers. Two works are by associate composers of the choir, Marco Galvani and Oliver Tarney. Both works have effective energy and are given fine performances.

Certainly the singing is of a high standard, with attention being focused on realising the full character of the music. It is good to have such a range of styles, from Byrd and Bach through Rheinberger and Holst to six modern settings. Along the way there is a fine performance of Mauersberger’sWie liegt die Stadt so wüst, composed in 1945 after the Allied bombing of Dresden. I also enjoyed the setting of Cloths of Heaven, which was specially composed by Malcolm Archer for this recording. However, I found the setting O come let us sing unto the Lord by Cheryl Frances-Hoad on the dark side, the last chord being one of the few joyful sounds. The choral writing of MacMillan’s Lux Aeterna was certainly beautiful, although it seemed strange to end the CD’s ‘darkness to light’ theme on a minor chord. That said, this is a very worthwhile collection of a cappella choral writing.

Paul Morgan, Choir & Organ, 1st February 2017

Further Information

Cathedral Music Magazine

Cathedral Music Magazine

The Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM) is a charity which seeks to maintain and expand the work of choral foundations of cathedrals, collegiate churches, chapels, and other appropriate places of worship in the United Kingdom and Ireland. founded in 1956 by the Revd. Ronald Sibthorpe.

Cathedral Music magazine is a full-colour publication covering a wide range of subjects relevant to Cathedral music.

It is sent out twice a year to all members of the The Friends of Cathedral Music.

Visit website: Friends of Cathedral Music

Convivium Records

Convivium Records

Convivium Records (est. 2009) is committed to working with exceptional artists and composers to record and share their music. It recognises that a great recording project needs to establish a balance between artistic aspirations and commercial expectations. In addition to commercial releases, the label takes on private projects for schools, charities and other institutions.

Convivium Records involves musicians and composers in all decisions relating to their projects. For instance, this may include initial discussions about a new album, to recording, distribution, promotion and marketing.

At the heart of Convivium Records is a dedicated team, each of whom bring their expertise to projects as required. Above all, the Label’s ambition is to exceed the expectations of their clients by creating recordings that reflect their true potential.

Media Enquiries, Review Copies & Contact
For press enquiries, information, or to request review copies of this work, please visit: www.conviviumrecords.co.uk/contact

Or contact Mike Cooter, Communications Director: mike@conviviumrecords.co.uk | T. 07941 871258

For latest news, follow Convivium Records on:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ConviviumRecords

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ConviviumUK