- 15/08/15 Iberian Colours ‘A seriously impressive disc…’
- 12/07/15 Robert Hugill on ‘Iberian Colours’ (★★★★)
- 21/05/15 Stanford: Choral Music “Highly professional and a credit to all concerned” (Cathedral Music)
- 01/05/15 Iberian Colours and beyond – Chamber music and Spanish roots
- 28/02/15 Plainsong: The Echo of Angels “Well executed & Beautifully sung” (RSCM CMQ)
- 20/02/15 A Multitude of Voices “Accomplished & Well Recorded” (MusicWeb International)
- 25/01/15 Rizza’s Officium Divinum “finely shaped, flexible and beautifully focussed performances”
- 22/01/15 BBC Music Magazine on Sospiri’s ‘A Multitude of Voices’ (★★★★)
- 21/01/15 Peter Philips played on ‘Essential Classics’
- 16/12/14 Plainsong: The Echo of Angels “Thoughtful, Imaginative” (★★★★)
What’s Hot: Margaret Rizza: Officium Divinum
‘A chant starts in the head and begins the longest journey in the world’
This beautiful album of choral music continues to be a best-seller. Recorded by Convivium Singers under the direction of guest conductor, Eamonn Dugan, the music is structured into four sections which cover morning, midday, evening and night prayer. The disc was released alongside a music publication by the RSCM in 2013 and has since been used as part of a DDay 70 commemorative edition of Songs of Praise on BBC1 (June 2014). It is also regularly featured as part of the Pray as you go podcast service.
Coming Up: Oliver Tarney: Magnificat
28 August 2015
‘My soul doth magnify the Lord’ usually elicits the most exultant of musical reactions from most noted composers. This one, however, offers a more human response and in a style which touches one’s soul in an exceptional manner. Picture this: Mary is 16 and living in ancient Judea. Tarney is not convinced that the news that she was to be the mother of God, out of conventional wedlock, would have necessarily made her heart leap with joy in the first instance.
In this newly-commissioned work in 12 movements, Tarney has interpolated the conventional text from the Gospel of Luke with apocryphal and old Testament texts as well as extracts from the Book of Maryam from the Qur’an. The fuller picture this paints completely changes the way we think of this important bible story and Tarney sets the whole with memorably exquisite musical colours which bow to no one. In a world riven with division and violence based on religious lines, this piece reminds us of what we could have in common if we looked a little harder.
Scored for string orchestra, choir, string quartet and soloists, Tarney’s Magnificat was premiered in the chapel of Keele University, as part of Sing for Pleasure’s Golden Anniversary Summer School in 2014 and is to be published by Sing for Pleasure this autumn (2015).