Neil Ferris, Convivium Singers and Christopher Cromar, Piano: Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year out now on Naxos Records.
Jonathan Dove is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music, and his writing for choral forces is charged with intensity and beauty. The Passing of the Year is dedicated to the memory of his mother and sets seven texts with moving directness and a beguiling sense of the seasons’ passing.
It sounded as if the streets were running also celebrates nature, his setting of the storm imagery in Emily Dickinson’s poetry rich in surging climax. Vivid characterisation, this time of animals, suffuses Who killed Cock Robin? which, like all Dove’s music, is hugely approachable, varied and exciting.
A detailed track listing can be found on Page 2 of the Booklet.
The sung texts can be found inside the booklet, and may also be accessed at www.naxos.com/libretti/572733.htm
All tracks published by Edition Peters, except for tracks 10 and 15 by Faber Music Ltd.
Recorded at St John’s Church, Spencer Hill, Wimbledon, London, UK on 28th and 29th July 2011 by Neil Ferris, directing the Convivium Singers, with Christopher Cromar, Piano.
Engineered by Peter O’Toole.
Booklet notes: Neil Ferris.
Cover photograph by Jelena Veskovice (iStockphoto.com)
Produced by Michael Higgins.
For more information about this album, including to purchase copies, please see Naxos Records