Clive Osgood’s Sacred Choral Music (CR049)
Review by Judith Markwith, Church Music Quarterly
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Osgood writes attractive, approachable music that is particularly effective in the slower, more atmospheric movements, but also with Latin-American or jazz influences in the livelier pieces that sometimes seem to dance through the texts. The example of earlier composers is evoked in a six-movement Dixit Dominus, a Miserere met (including solo soprano top C) and an Ave serum corpus that the composer describes as modelled on Mozart.
A single movement Beatus Vir begins and ends quitly and shows how Osgood has a Karl Jenkins-like ability to write music that approaches the boundary of sentimentality without actually crossing it. But for me the most enjoyable pieces are the shorter settings of English texts such as Rejoice in the Lord alway, Lord for thy tender mercy’s sake, Come, my way, my truth, my life and above all a catchy setting of Heber’s hymn Brightest and best with lovely singing from Rebecca Moon. The composer is well served by the performers and the recording.
Judith Markwith, Church Music Quarterly, December 2019
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