Clare let me

breathe, discover

and give all of

myself to music

Robin Ticciati, conductor (2001-04)
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STABAT: music by Arvo Pärt, Pēteris Vasks and James MacMillan

Original release date: 2020
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'A crystalline simplicity'
Encompassing works by Arvo Pärt (Estonia), Pēteris Vasks (Latvia), and the James MacMillan (a native of Scotland), this album charts the evolution of choral music in three regions of Northern Europe that saw the rise of a startling new language beginning in the 1980s. Its subsequent development has had far-reaching implications well beyond the staid confines of the house of worship or the serial techniques current at the time. The spiritual focus of this trio of trail-blazers resonates with many of today's composers, a dimension that has not escaped their listeners or, for that matter, Graham Ross, the enterprising Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge.
 
“Singing of breathtaking virtuosity from the magnificent Cambridge choir, directed with passion by Graham Ross”
Apple Music
 
“Rapt, intense...visions of the spiritual in the modern era”
4★ Financial Times
 
“Soothing music for troubled times.  A must-have for those seeking solace in today’s troubled world.”
San Francisco Classical Voice
 
“Emotionally charged … the best recording of Vasks’ Plainscapes to date”
The Classic Review
 
“Crystalline, ethereal … exciting and moving interpretations”
4★ Pizzicato
 
“This recording from the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge under the direction of Graham Ross cements their position as one of the finest church ensembles in the country ...'
Classical Music Daily
 
“Beautifully performed by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Sung with mesmerising beauty...fine performances, really well put together, luminously recorded”.
BBC Radio 3 Record Review
 
“Ross and his forces give us magical moments, showing us a wide selection of highly sophisticated textures leading to a very satisfyingly varied programme … the young performers show themselves attuned to the emotional complexities underlying the music.”
 
“Completely magical performances … Ross and his singers keep the performance tightly focused and beautifully poised.”
5★ Planet Hugill
 
 
 

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