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music for voices

Here you can listen to a selection of vocal music recordings (both choral and solo).

Flos florum is a piece for double choir with solo flute, juxtaposing the choir’s chaste purity with the flute’s sultry and exotic arabesques: listen to the beginning here.

Exultation is the going is a setting of visionary words by Emily Dickinson for unaccompanied choir.  This link gives the whole piece.

Of noblest cities is a carol for choir and organ, setting a meditative poem by Prudentius about the three wise men, in a beautiful Victorian translation.  Each verse is based on the same melody, but set in increasingly elaborate polyphony, in a modern evocation of the wonderful choral music of Tudor times: Tallis, Shepherd, Byrd and so on.  Between the verses there is stillness and space.   Listen to an excerpt here.

And now ((February 2012) I can add my first setting of the ‘Evening Canticles’ – the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, written for the choir of Gonville & Caius College and wonderfully performed by them earlier this month.  I’ll be able to post up a recording here within a few days.

Turning to the solo voice, here’s a setting for tenor, horn and piano of some powerful and disturbing lines by John Keats, performed here live by John McMunn (tenor), Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn) and Matthew Schellhorn (piano): Unbidden Visions

Completely different from the above, The Pedlar of Swaffham is a ‘music fable’ (I’ve written two of these and hope there will be more) which tells an old story about a Pedlar who dreams of going to London…  Brilliantly sung here by Lesley-Jane Rogers with the Bergamo Ensemble, conducted by Michael Downes.

Coming soon: clips from my video opera A Sudden Cartography of Song, filmed at Carmen-Elektra‘s fantastic warehouse performance in Cambridge earlier this summer.

Meanwhile, here’s a partsong for choir and horns, This is our Eden, sung by Robinson College Chapel Choir.

And here’s a Christmas carol I wrote a couple of years ago, As Joseph was a-walking, also sung by Robinson College Chapel Choir, conducted by Tim Brown.  These are from a new album of Choral music, including a new piece by Giles Swayne as well as lots of familiar favourites – more on this when it comes out next month.

Click here for the main Listening page *

Music by Jeremy Thurlow.

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