Label: Delphian - DCD34106 • Format: CD Album • Country: UK • Genre: Classical • Style: Contemporary
Gabriel Jackson, judging by the photo in this release with its graffiti-background, looks like someone more comfortable The Christ-Child - Gabriel Jackson - Choir Of St.
Marys Cathedral Jodie Sands - With All My Heart / Please Dont Tell Me Sayonara beatnik club back in the s. But in this case the reality of the music in no way matches the picture of the man. Jackson is rapidly becoming one of the new choral wunderkind of the age, writing music that strikes the listener with fire, passion, mystery, and an ineffable sense of wonder.
Eleven of the pieces are directly written for the Choir of St. Well, there goes the neighborhood. You will not find the exceptional quality of tone found in the Holst Singers or even the Westminster Cathedral Choir in my opinion, but that is not to slight the group.
They do have a more rugged, in many ways, more alive sound, very vibrant with a lot of presence. All of the works save two are premiere recordings, so this disc does have value in that regard as well. The two previously-recorded works also happen to be two of the best, especially the miraculous Justorum anime and the lovely The Land of Spicesfrom a poem of George Herbert.
The centerpiece must be the wonderful medieval-haunted Missa Sanctae Margaretaedeveloped for the choir of St. This piece is motivically centered in the first and last movements with a unifying theme. The piece strikes one as something that could have emerged from yesteryear with a modern twist, though one might be hard pressed to define exactly of what that twist consists. I must also mention the organ prelude Fanfare for St. This work is effectively balanced as an attention-getter as well as settling in, almost imperceptibly, to the tone of impending worship.
There you have it. Jackson fans need not hesitate, and others should definitely explore. Another essential disc in The Christ-Child - Gabriel Jackson - Choir Of St.
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