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. They provide opportunities for young singers at the early stages of performing careers. In addition, talented musicians who have chosen not to pursue careers in music form part of the ensemble. Above all, the ensemble specialises in performing and recording sacred and secular music by living European and American composers. BBC Radio 3’s ‘CD Review’ recently described them as ‘an extraordinarily good choir to listen to’. Read more
Convivium Singers have released a number of recordings in recent years. For instance, they collaborated with companies including the Baltic Exchange (London), and publishers including 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. In 2014 the choir was filmed at Portsmouth Cathedral for the BBC’s DDay70 Songs of Praise Special.
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). In addition, they performed at Milan’s La Fabbrica del Canto festival and 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 (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.
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