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Requiem

Philip Higham, Anthony Gray, Vox Luna, Alex Woolf, Nicky Spence, Iain Burnside, Christopher Mitchell, Joseph Edwards, Gwendolen Martin, Sophie Timms, William Wright

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Requiem  
1.1
I. Introit
Alex Woolf; Philip Higham; Anthony Gray; Vox Luna; Alex Woolf
4:26
1.2
II. Kyrie
Alex Woolf; Philip Higham; Anthony Gray; Vox Luna; Alex Woolf
7:33
1.3
III. The Fall
Alex Woolf; Nicky Spence; Philip Higham; Iain Burnside; Alex Woolf
7:34
1.4
IV. Offertory
Alex Woolf; Philip Higham; Anthony Gray; Vox Luna; Alex Woolf
4:44
1.5
V. Sanctus
Alex Woolf; Christopher Mitchell; Joseph Edwards; Anthony Gray; Vox Luna; Alex Woolf
4:20
1.6
VI. A Crowd of Cares
Alex Woolf; Nicky Spence; Philip Higham; Anthony Gray; Iain Burnside; Alex Woolf
3:24
1.7
VII. Agnus Dei
Alex Woolf; Gwendolen Martin; Sophie Timms; William Wright; Joseph Edwards; Philip Higham; Vox Luna; Alex Woolf
5:45
1.8
VIII. The Year's Midnight
Alex Woolf; Nicky Spence; Philip Higham; Anthony Gray; Iain Burnside; Alex Woolf
6:33
1.9
IX. Pie Jesu
Alex Woolf; Vox Luna; Alex Woolf
5:45
1.10
X. In paradisum
Alex Woolf; Gwendolen Martin; Philip Higham; Anthony Gray; Vox Luna; Alex Woolf
5:37
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    55:41
A major statement by a composer still in his mid-twenties, Alex Woolf’s "Requiem", composed in 2018, combines powerful expressive immediacy with an impressive ability to synthesise the diverse traditions that have grown up around the "Requiem" genre in the past two hundred years, as it has moved from the church into the concert hall.

As in Britten’s War "Requiem", the traditional Latin texts are brought into dialogue with modern-day poetry – here, three poems by the Welsh writer Gillian Clarke (who was National Poet of Wales from 2008 to 2016). Initially these exist in the separate sound-world of a solo tenor and piano, with a solo cello creating the bridge to the liturgical sphere of choir and organ. Yet ultimately, Clarke’s very human concerns focus and inflect Woolf’s approach to the religious texts, confirming the work’s trajectory from despair into consolation.

Nicky Spence, fresh from his triumph at the 2020 BBC Music Magazine Awards, is the solo tenor, joined by Delphian artists Iain Burnside and Philip Higham; and Woolf conducts his own choir Vox Luna in this strikingly personal work.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Delphian Studio Masters

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