G Jackson Requiem

Cat No:
01 - 10 - 2012

G Jackson Requiem

Carl Herring (guitar), Vasari Singers, Jeremy Backhouse (conductor)

While the unifying thread which links these works is that of loss, the underlying focus is an uplifting celebration of life and love. Gabriel Jackson's Requiem combines traditional solemnity with poems which embrace wide-ranging spirituality, resulting in images of light and radiant optimism. Contrasting poignancy of expression is heard in personal tributes from John Tavener and Francis Pott, while Bob Chilcott uses Pachelbel's famous Canon to set Oscar Wilde's Requiescat. Vasari Singers' Great British Anthems (8572504) was described as 'essential listening' by Gramophone.

Gabriel Jackson Requiem, In all his works, I am the voice of the wind; Chilcott (after Pachelbel) Canon (Rosa Mystica), Tavener Song for Athene, Pott When David Heard

Running Time: 1 hr 10 min

4 STARS (BBC Music magazine)
'contemporary choral music with a natural affinity for the human voice and a fine empathy for words. This is an excellently sung and moving programme of fine modern music for unaccompanied choir.' (Recording of the Year, MusicWeb International)
'The music feels as spontaneously descriptive as Eric Whitacre's' (Gramophone)
'very accessible and very lyrical in its often lush melodic flow...attractive and will appeal to most listeners interested in choral music...It would be hard to imagine a choral ensemble turning in finer renditions of this music...Highly recommended!' (Classical Net)
'Backhouse and his Vasari Singers perform this music to the manner born, with gorgeous tone that rejoices in the rich harmonies and fluid part-writing.' (5 STARS Choir and Organ)
'This is a disc that should be investigated by all those who are interested in contemporary choral music.' (Recording of the Month, MusicWeb International)