Gabriel Jackson: To The Field Of Stars


Gabriel Jackson’s To The Field Of Stars, performed by Nonsuch Singers and conducted by Tom Bullard.

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About this release

In October 2013, Nonsuch Singers gave the UK premiere of Gabriel Jackson’s To the field of stars, and it seemed the ideal piece for the choir’s debut recording. The companion pieces have their thematic origins in the stars and the heavens—Arvo Pärt’s invocation to the Morning Star, taken from his Seven Magnificat Antiphons, Jonathan Dove’s exultant Seek Him that maketh the seven stars, and another gem by Gabriel Jackson, Creator of the stars of night. Broadening the celestial theme allows for the inclusion of the Assumption of the Virgin in Victoria’s sublime Vidi speciosam, and the sheer joy of Byrd’s dance-like Laudibus in sanctis.

CD Booklet
  • O quam gloriosum est regnum - Tomas Luis de Victoria
  • To the field of Stars: i. Intrada - Gabriel Jackson
  • To the field of Stars: ii. Prayer for travelling - Gabriel Jackson
  • To the field of Stars: iii. Pilgrims’ Song with history lesson - Gabriel Jackson
  • To the field of Stars: iv. Walking with God - Gabriel Jackson
  • To the field of Stars: v. Miracles - Gabriel Jackson
  • To the field of Stars: vi. Our journey had advanced - Gabriel Jackson
  • To the field of Stars: vii. Campus Stellae (The field of stars) - Gabriel Jackson
  • To the field of Stars: viii. Compostela (O quam gloriosum) - Gabriel Jackson
  • O Morgenstern - Arvo Part
  • Vidi speciosam - Tomas Luis de Victoria
  • Creator of the stars of night - Gabriel Jackson
  • Laudibus in sanctis - William Byrd
  • Seek Him that maketh the seven stars - Jonathan Dove
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Commissioned Programme Note

Since the very first journeys to Santiago de Compostela began over 1,000 years ago, the Way of St James has been articulated and celebrated in music. The vast Codex Calixtinus, dating from the 12th century, is a compendium of advice and instructions for pilgrims, sermons, reports of miracles, prayers and polyphonic motets. Over the years many concert programmes have been devised to relive the mediæval pilgrims’ journey in song, drawn from the codex and other sources, and new pieces have been composed which also re-imagine the experience of travelling the Way of St James. Read more

Production Credits

Catalogue number CR032
Covert Artwork Catherine Barnes
Engineering Andrew Mellor
Editing Will Brown
Mastering Will Brown
Producer Adrian Peacock
Creative Director John Bevan
Executive Producer Adrian Green
Recorded 24, 25, 26 October, 2014
Venue St John’s, Upper Norwood, London

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