New release from Convivium Records
7th April 2013
Convivium Records’ highly anticipated recording of Fauré’s Requiem, re-scored for string quintet and organ by Michael Higgins has been released today for review and retail. The album will retail in disc and digital download online through the label’s site and distributor Harmonia Mundi (UK).
The album marks Convivium Records’ return to romantic choral music with label residents Convivium Singersperforming under the direction of Neil Ferris, accompanied by string quintet and organ.
Higgins’ imaginative re-scoring of the Requiem for chamber ensemble offers a real alternative to other orchestrations, and is a faithful re-working of Fauré’s original. Combining the fresh voices of Convivium Singers with the intimate sound of the string quintet, Higgins’ ambition is the creation of unique colours and textures, breathing new life into an otherwise familiar work.
Higgins quote: “Fauré’s Requiem is a choral gem, which continues to inspire listeners in the 21st century. My new arrangement creates ear-catching timbres and draws out individual lines, enhancing the Requiem’s luminescent qualities.”
The 12-track album also includes performances of Camille Saint-Saëns Ave verum corpus (track 08), de Séverac’s Tantum ergo (track 09) and new orchestrations of Fauré’s Tantum ergo (track 10), Ave verum corpus (track 11) and Cantique de Jean Racine (track 12).
Conductor: Neil Ferris | Organist: Michael Higgins | With Convivium Singers
Engineering: Adaq Khan | Mastering: Adaq Khan | Album Photography: Tom Kuglin, Maximilian Führig
Producer: Alexander Norman | Creative Director: John Bevan | Executive Producer: Adrian Green
Convivium Records: Fauré Requiem is available to browse, sample and order now at www.conviviumrecords.co.uk, including track listings, album information and exclusive artwork previews. The album retails worldwide for £9.99 + delivery and the high quality digital download, including PDF artwork at £5.99.
Notes to Editors
Convivium Singers is an award-winning, critically acclaimed choral ensemble, providing opportunities for young singers at the early stages of performing careers, as well as for talented musicians who have chosen not to pursue careers in music. The ensemble specialises in performing and recording sacred and secular music by living European and American composers. It was recently described as ‘an extraordinarily good choir to listen to’ by BBC Radio 3’s ‘CD Review.’
Convivium Singers have released a number of recordings in recent years, collaborating with companies, including the Baltic Exchange, London, and publishers, notably the Royal School of Church Music. Composer discs include works by Jonathan Dove, Margaret Rizza, Malcolm Archer, Carson Cooman, Hugh Benham and Michael Higgins. They have also delved into early music, and their CD of motets by Peter Philips (Convivium Records) received a Choir & Organ five-star review. The choir was filmed at Portsmouth Cathedral in 2014 for a special Songs of Praise programme on BBC1, as part of the DDay70 commemorations.
The Singers often work with established conductors and composers to introduce contemporary music to wider audiences. They were prize-winners at the Tolosa International Choral Contest (2011, Spain). The ensemble has also performed at Milan’s La Fabbrica del Canto festival and in Hradec Králové at the Czech choral festival Sborové slavnosti.
Convivium Singers have a diverse repertoire from traditional choral music to folk-songs, partsongs and popular arrangements.
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.
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