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The Song of the Stars: British Music for Upper Voice Choir: Chilcott, Mealor, Holst, MacMillan, O’Regan, McDowall, Tavener & Whitbourn

Eleanor Turner, Elliot Launn, Wells Cathedral School Choralia, Christopher Finch

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1.1
The Song of the Stars
Bob Chilcott; Wells Cathedral School Choralia; Christopher Finch
4:13
1.2
Lux Benigna
Paul Mealor; Elliot Launn; Wells Cathedral School Choralia; Christopher Finch
5:13
1.3
Ave Maria, H49
Gustav Holst; Wells Cathedral School Choralia; Christopher Finch
4:49
Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Group 3, Op. 26 No. 3, H. 99  
1.4
No. 1. Hymn to the Dawn
Gustav Holst; Eleanor Turner; Wells Cathedral School Choralia; Christopher Finch
3:18
1.5
No. 2. Hymn to the Waters
Gustav Holst; Eleanor Turner; Wells Cathedral School Choralia; Christopher Finch
2:03
1.6
No. 3. Hymn to Vena
Gustav Holst; Eleanor Turner; Wells Cathedral School Choralia; Christopher Finch
4:57
1.7
No. 4. Hymn of the Travellers
Gustav Holst; Eleanor Turner; Wells Cathedral School Choralia; Christopher Finch
2:39
1.8
Nova! Nova! Ave fit ex Eva
James MacMillan; Wells Cathedral School Choralia; Christopher Finch
5:47
1.9
New-made for a King
James MacMillan; Elliot Launn; Wells Cathedral School Choralia; Christopher Finch
7:22
1.10
Columba aspexit
Tarik O'Regan; Jessica Malcolm; Lydia Ward; Wells Cathedral School Choralia; Christopher Finch
3:28
1.11
A Light Exists in Spring
Tarik O'Regan; Elliot Launn; Wells Cathedral School Choralia; Christopher Finch
4:32
1.12
Alleluia, laus et gloria
Tarik O'Regan; Wells Cathedral School Choralia; Christopher Finch
2:19
1.13
Regina Caeli (version for female choir)
Cecilia McDowall; Wells Cathedral School Choralia; Christopher Finch
2:59
1.14
Ikon of Saint Hilda
John Tavener; Annabel Green; Wells Cathedral School Choralia; Christopher Finch
9:41
1.15
ΘΕΟΤΟΚΕ (Theotóke)
John Tavener; Wells Cathedral School Choralia; Christopher Finch
5:06
Missa Brevis  
1.16
Agnus Dei
John Tavener; Wells Cathedral School Choralia; Christopher Finch
3:09
1.17
Festival Alleluia
James Whitbourn; Elliot Launn; Wells Cathedral School Choralia; Christopher Finch
4:04
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    75:39
The 25-member all-female Wells Cathedral School Choralia, one of the UK’s leading upper voice choirs, embraces classics of the genre such as Gustav Holst’s sublime Ave Maria and his third group of hymns from the Rig Veda alongside contemporary music on this recording. James MacMillan and Sir John Tavener are represented by works that explore their unique musical language, while Bob Chilcott’s technically demanding The Song of the Stars offers richly approachable pleasures. Under the baton of distinguished choral conductor Christopher Finch, several of these pieces are world premiere recordings.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded at St James the Great Parish Church, St Kew, Cornwall, UK, from 8th to 10th July, 2014 Producer and editor: Mark Brown Engineer: Julian Millard Publishers: Oxford University Press (track 1); Novello & Co. Ltd. (tracks 2, 11, 12); Bosworth Edition (track 3); Stainer & Bell Ltd. (tracks 4-7); Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers, Ltd. (tracks 8, 9); Oxford University Press (track 10); Oxford Contemporary Repertoire (track 13); Chester Music Ltd. (tracks 14-17) Booklet notes: Christopher Finch Cover image by Natouche (iStockphoto)

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