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New!………Newly completed choral works.

 

Just completed are two works for the Scottish choir Cappella Nova, He Who Clothed Himself in Light and Aurora radius, which will receive their premières in the 2005-2006 season (see www.cappella-nova.com), and O Viridissima Virga, a setting of words by Hildegard of Bingen for the St Louis Chamber Chorus, to be premiered in December 2004.   For further information, see www.chamberchorus.org

 

09/2004

 

 

New!………Première of Piano Concerto Linnunlaulu.

 

A major world première will take place at the Mafra Festival in Portugal on 17th October, when Elsa Silve and the Orchestrutopica will perform the piano concerto Linnunlaulu.  The title means “Birdsong” in Finnish: the work was inspired by hearing birds singing during a “white night” in Finland in 2003.  For further information, see www.novascenas.pt/orchestrutopica

09/2004

 

 

New!………Italian performances.

Crocifissione, for voices and brass, commissioned by the Antidogma Festival for performance by the DolciAure Consort of Turin, received its première on 19 June 2004 in the magnificent surroundings of the Abbazia di Staffarda.  On 13 October, the extraordinary Ensemble Vocale Tempus Floridum, directed by Joan Yakkey, will give the Italian première of Carol of the Magi in the “Lunedì del Conservatorio” series, Luigi Cherubini Music Conservatory, Florence, at 21.00h.

 

06/2004

 

New!………Dormition of the Virgin at the Temple Church.

 

The Dormition of the Virgin, a large-scale cantata commissioned by the BBC for soloists, choir and instrumental ensemble, was premiered to prolonged applause by the BBC Singers and St James Baroque under the direction of Stephen Layton at the Temple Church, London, on 21st May, 2004 (the work was also recorded by the BBC for future broadcast), following a monographic concert given to celebrate the composer’s 40th birthday at Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford, on the preceding day

 

05/2004

 

 

………Cappella Romana performs music by Ivan Moody at the Byzantine Festival.

 

This year’s Byzantine Festival, which takes place in London under the artistic direction of Guy Protheroe, includes two concerts featuring music by Ivan Moody.  The Passion of St Catherine receives its world première at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Tuesday 9th March at 7.45pm, and sections from the Akáthistos Hymn will be performed for the first time in the United Kingdom at a concert in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Aghia Sophia on Saturday 13th March at 7pm.  For further details, please see www.byzantinefestival.org

 

02/2004

 

 

………………i.classics.com interview with Ivan Moody.

 

Trio Mediaeval’s new ECM recording was the occasion for an interview with both the singers and Ivan Moody, available online at:

http://www.iclassics.com/homepage.jsp/iclassics/feature.jsp?featureId=1091

 

 

A previous iclassics.com feature on Ivan Moody, published at the time of the release of the Gothic Records double CD of the Akáthistos Hymn, is now available on the composer’s website here.

 

02/2004

 

 

………………New ECM disc launched in Oslo.

 

Trio Mediaeval’s second recording for ECM was launched in Oslo on 16th January, 2004 at a packed concert recorded by Norwegian Television.  The disc includes world première recordings of Troparion of Kassiani and A Lion’s Sleep, as well as other contemporary works, centred around Leonel Power’s  Missa Alma Redemptoris Mater.  Trio Mediaeval will shortly depart for a tour of the USA with this programme. 

 

The catalogue number is ECM New Series 1869  4761241.  Further information is obtainable from the ECM website: http://www.ecmrecords.com and from the Trio Mediaeval website: http://www.triomediaeval.no,

 

01/2004

 

……………North American premières.

Cappella Romana, directed by Alexander Lingas, will give the North American premières of Make ready, Bethlehem/Dormi Iesu and The Prophecy of Symeon on 2 January, at St Mary’s Cathedral, Portland OR.  These works will be repeated at subsequent concerts at Holy Rosary Church, Seattle WA (3 January) and  La Conner (4Janurary).  For more information, please visit http://www.cappellaromana.org.

 

12/2003

 

……………Isconsolada in Switzerland.

Following the highly successful concerts by the Winterthur Vocal Ensemble in May, two further performances of Isconsolada (part of a programme centred around Victoria’s Requiem) will be given, under the composer’s direction, at the Cathedral of St Gall on 1st November and at the Grossmünster, Zurich, on 2nd November 2003.  For more information, see

http://winterthur-vokalensemble.ch.

10/2003

 

………………Theatre première in Lisbon.

October 9th saw the first performance of the play Diálogos das Compensadas, by the innovative Portuguese theatre group Fatias de , in the Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon, with music specially composed by Ivan Moody and recorded under the composer’s direction.  The production will run until December. 

10/2003

 

New!………………Second Canadian performance of Passion & Resurrection.

Following the Canadian première in 2003 of Ivan Moody’s oratorio Passion & Resurrection, the renowned ensemble Pro Coro Canada has announced a performance in 2004 under the direction of the choir’s chief conductor, Richard Sparks.  The performance will take place on Friday 9th April 2004 at 19.30 at the impressive Francis Winspear Centre for Music, in Edmonton, Alberta.  For more information, please see Pro Coro Canada’s website:  http://www.procoro.ab.ca

09/2003

 

………………Two new works.

Ivan Moody has recently completed two substantial new works. One is a cantata commissioned by the BBC Singers, entitled The Dormition of the Virgin. Scored for three soloists, choir, two cornetts and baroque strings (though it is also performable by trumpets and modern strings), it will receive its première in early 2004. The other is a work for solo piano and large chamber ensemble, commissioned by the Orchestrutópica, to be given its premiere in Lisbon in December 2003, with Elsa Silva as soloist. The work has a Finnish title, Linnunlaulu, meaning "Birdsong", and takes its inspiration from the extraordinary antiphonal waves of birdsong during a "white night" that the composer heard on his last trip to Finland. Orchestrutópica’s website is: www.novascenas.pt/orchestrutopica.

07/2003

 

………………A Lion’s Sleep: première and recording.

A Lion’s Sleep was given its world première by Trio Mediaeval on Friday 18th July in the extraordinary acoustics of chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, in the composer;s presence. It was part of a concert centred around Leonel Power’s Missa Alma Redemptoris Mater and including other contemporary compositions. Both A Lion’s Sleep and Troparion of Kassiani have been recorded by Trio Mediaeval for their forthcoming disc on ECM, once again produced by John Potter. The disc will be launched in early 2004: more details will be published here as they become available. Trio Mediaeval’s website is http://www.triomediaeval.no.

07/2003.

 

……………… World première of A Lion’s Sleep.

The world première of A Lion’s Sleep, setting a text by John of Euchaia in a magnificent translation by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, will be given by Trio Mediaeval on Friday 18th July in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge. The programme also includes the Missa Alma Redemptoris Mater by Leonel Power, and works by Oleg Garkavi,Gavin Bryars, Andrew Smith and Piers Hellawell. Trio Mediaeval’s website is http://www.triomediaeval.no.

07/2003.

 

……………… World première of Isconsolada in Switzerland.

Sustained applause greeted the world première of Isconsolada, setting texts for Holy Week in Greek and Sardinian, was given by the Winterthur Vocal Ensemble, under the composer’s direction, at the St Arbogastkirche in Oberwinterthur, Switzerland, on 13th May. The work was part of a programme centred around Victoria’s Requiem, and the concert was repeated on 15th May at the magnificent baroque church at Rheinau. Two further performances will take place in Zurich and St Gall on 1st and 2nd November, and further collaborations with the Winterthur Vocal Ensemble are planned for the future. For more information, see http://winterthur-vokalensemble.ch.

06/2003.

 

………………World première of Canon for Theophany in Finland.

Extended applause greeted the world première of Canon for Theophany, a thirty-five minute unaccompanied choral work, which took place at the Karelia Hall, Joensuu on 22nd May, in the presence of His Eminence Leo, Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland. The work was performed by the Orthodox Choir of the University of Joensuu, under the direction of the composer, as part of a concert featuring new music written for the Orthodox Church, largely in the English language, forming part of the 15th anniversary celebrations of the Department of Orthodox Theology of the Faculty of Theology. Also premièred was the composer’s Exaposteilarion for Pascha, in the version with Finnish text, and the concert also included music by Tikey Zes, Nikola Resanovic, Alexander Lingas, James Chater and Timo Ruottinen. New photographs of the occasion have been added to the Photo Gallery: http://www.ivanmoody.co.uk/photo.htm

05/2003.

 

………………Australian premières.

The Melbourne Autumn Music Festival this year featured the Australian première of Pnevma on 2 May, performed by virtuoso recorder player Genevieve Lacey and e21, directed by Stephen Grant. The concert also featured music by Monteverdi, Fontana, Teleman, Anonymous and Eric Stokes. For further information, see: http://www.autumnmusic.org.au/evening.htm. The ensemble Past Echoes (directed by Louisa Hunter-Bradley) will be performing more of Ivan Moody’s work in a concert on 20th June at St Martin’s Anglican Church, Melbourne. For further information, see http://pastechoes.com

05/2003.

 

……………… World première of Erimos

Erimos, for four female voices, will be given its world première by the Scottish ensemble Canty on Friday 6 June, 2003 at Old St Paul's Episcopal Church in Edinburgh, as part of a programme centred on ecological concerns, featuring both new music and old (in particular Hildegard of Bingen). Erimos is e Greek word meaning "desert" or "wilderness", and uses texts from the Orthodox tradition in order to place modern ecological concerns in a spiritual perspective. It will receive further performances on Saturday 7 June at St Salvador's Episcopal Church, Dundee, and on Sunday 8 June at St Andrew's in the Square, Glasgow. For further information, please see Canty’s website: http://www.cappella-nova.com/canty.html.

04/2003

 

……………… Canadian première of Passion & Resurrection

Ivan Moody’s 1992 oratorio Passion & Resurrection, one of his most widely-performed works, will receive its Canadian première on Sunday, 13th April at 7.00pm at Westminster United Church, Westminster and Maryland, Winnipeg, Manitoba. The performance will be given by the choral ensemble Canzona (http://www.canzona.mb.ca/htm/main.htm) and the MusikBarock Ensemble under the direction of Henry Engbrecht. The programme will also include Bach’s Cantata No. 4, Christ lag im Todesbanden, and Komm, Jesu, komm.

04/2003

 

……………… Akáthistos Hymn released on CD

Ivan Moody’s monumental setting of the Akáthistos Hymn has been released as a double CD set by Gothic Records (http://www.gothicrecords.com/akhym2cds.html) The composer’s largest work to date, this first setting of the entire Akáthistos Hymn since the middle ages, was recorded by Cappella Romana (for whom the work was written and who gave the world première) in Portland, Oregon, USA in August 2002. The conductor was Alexander Lingas, founder and director of Cappella Romana, and composer acted as producer. For more information, please visit Cappella Romana’s website: http://www.cappellaromana.org

"…a major addition to the literature" (Willamette Week, USA)

03/2003

 

……………… Russian première of In Nomine

The renowned British viol consort Fretwork will give the Russian première of In Nomine on 17th April in Moscow for the Moscow Forum for Contemporary Music, at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

In Nomine was written in February 1996 as a birthday present for Fretwork on their 10th anniversary. It relates somewhat obliquely to the English In nomine tradition in that it is not built upon the chant of that name as set by John Taverner in his Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas. Instead, it is constructed around a Russian Znamenny chant for the same words (In Slavonic: Blagosloven grady vo imya Gospodne. Osana v vyshnikh) from the Orthodox Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. More specifically, the piece relates to these words as sung on Palm Sunday, when the entry of Christ into Jerusalem on a donkey symbolizes the passing from darkness into light, and initiates the events leading to His Passion and Resurrection.

The first performance of In Nomine was given by Fretwork in Prokopi, Evia, Greece, on 31st August 1996. Fretwork’s website is http://www.fretwork.co.uk/.

03/2003

 

……………… Lisbon première of Pnevma.

Pnevma, for solo recorder and string orchestra, will receive its Lisbon première on 31st March 2003, at the Sociedade de Geografia. The performers will be António José Cariilho and the Lisbon Sinfonietta, directed by Vasco Pearce de Azevedo, by whom the work was given in first performance in 1998 at the Mafra International Festival.

03/2003

 

……………… Première of Khárama.

Khárama, for solo piano, will be premièred by American pianist Mac McClure in Córdoba, Ecuador, on 31st March 2003. Subsequent performances will take place in Guayaquil on 3rd April and Quito on the 9th April. Khárama, meaning "daybreak" in Greek, is a meditation on the Resurrection, specifically the moment when the tomb is found to be empty, "as the first day of the week began to dawn".

03/2003
 

.…………… Forthcoming premières.

First performances in the near future include Lament for Adam, written for the male voices of the choir of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection, New York City, who last year gave the American première of Troparion of Kassiani. Lament for Adam will be performed at Matins of Forgiveness Sunday 9th March, 2003. Another new work is Bogoroditse Devo, a setting in Slavonic (scored for SSAATTBB) written for the "Bogoroditse Devo" Festival organized by the musicologist Bogdan Djakovic in Novy Sad, Yugoslavia, which will begin in April 2003 and continue throughout the year.

02/2003

 

……………… New commissions.

Recently commissioned works include two large-scale cantatas. One is for the Portuguese ensemble L’Antica Musica, and will deal with the theme of the Annunciation, and the other is for the BBC Singers. This will take as its subject the Dormition of the Virgin, and will be scored for three soloists, choir and period instruments. Both these works will receive their premières in the 2003-2004 season. Rather different is a collaboration with the theatre group Fatias de . Ivan Moody is currently completing music for their new production of the play Diálogos das Compensadas by João Aguiar, which will be produced in the extraordinary space of the Lisbon Pantheon in late March.

02/2003

 

......................Canon for Theophany in Finland.

The recently completed Canon for Theophany, a thirty-minute unaccompanied choral work, will be given its world première by the Orthodox Choir of the University of Joensuu, under the direction of the composer, on 22nd May 2003. The work will form part of a concert featuring new music written for the Orthodox Church, largely in the English language. Both this and Ivan Moody’s guest lecture constitute a major part of the 15th anniversary celebrations of the Department of Orthodox Theology of the Faculty of Theology.

02/2003

 

……………… Lisbon succes for Anghelu.

Anghelu, for double-bass quartet, met with great success at its Lisbon première on 1st February, where it was given by the remarkable double-bass orchestra Contr’Orquestra at the Centro Cultural de Belém. Full use was made of the spatial possibilities of the auditorium and special lighting was employed to great effect.

 

02/2003

 

......................Epitaphios, Portugal and Armenia.

The outstanding young Armenian ‘cellist Levon Mouradian gave the Portuguese première of Epitaphios to tremendous applause with the Lisbon Sinfonietta on 20th November, 2002. The concerto’s success has led to a commission for a new work for Mouradian and plans for further collaboration.

11/2002

 

......................New works for Switzerland, Finland and Canada.

2003 will see the première of the recently-completed Isconsolada, setting texts for Holy Week in Greek and Sardinian, by the Winterthur Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of the composer. The work will be given first in Zurich on 14th June, and repeated on the following day in Rheinau. Two further concerts will take place in November. Another new work, a setting of the complete Canon for Theophany, has just been completed for the Orthodox Choir of the University of Joensuu, Finland. The premiere of this work will also to be directed by the composer, as part of his residency at Joensuu University in May 2003.

Also to be premièred in 2003 are Lullaby for a Byzantine Princess, by Suzie Leblanc and the Quatuor Alcan on 5th June as part of the New Music Series in Vancouver, Canada, following on the Canadian première of Passion and Resurrection under the direction of Henry Engbrecht in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on 13th April.

Other recent works to be premièred in the 2002-2003 season include Chalice of Wisdom, written for the German ensemble Amarcord, The Blessed Among Women, Weeping, for Red Byrd, and A Lion’s Sleep, Ivan Moody’s third work for the extraordinary Trio Mediaeval.

11-12/2002

 

......................"Moving beauty and power": Acclaim for US tour of Passion & Resurrection

Passion and Resurrection was featured in four concerts in the USA in October, 2002, and received with rapturous applause. The singers of Cappella Romana, experienced performers of Ivan Moody’s music, were this time under the composer’s direction. The concerts took place in, Portland, Seattle, Irvine, CA (where the work opened the Eclectic Orange Festival) and Los Angeles. The Portland concert elicited the observation by the Willamette Week’s reviewer Grant Menzies that "Moody’s Passion does more than just echo the music of the Orthodox church, it paints images with all the compressed message and gesture of Russian icons. Appropriately, and brilliantly, Moody’s oratorio is divided into eight such icons, from Incarnation (Ikon I) to The Resurrection (Ikon VIII). And as with the most spiritually and artistically effective religious art, the starkest image can speak the richest of meanings. Therein lies the foundation of this oratorio’s moving beauty and power, Moody’s adroit shaping of the material, and Cappella Romana¹s sensitive interpretation of it."

Of the Irvine performance, the Los Angeles Times commented: "Purer, sweeter, more austere and impersonal than baroque composer Heinrich Schütz, who makes Bach sound like an overwrought romantic, is the music of the Byzantine liturgy. Ivan Moody drew on that glorious tradition for his deeply moving ‘Passion and Resurrection’, heard Friday at Sy Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine. Sung gorgeously by the Portland, Oregon-based Cappella Romana, led by Moody, the performance set a high-water mark at the start of the fourth Eclectic Orange Festival sponsored by the Philhamronic Society. (…) The 16 singers were exemplary in breath and dynamic control, creating timeless, endless melody by starting every new line at exactly the same dynamic and colour as the one they had just finished. Tenor Les Green was the gentle, marathon Evangelist. Bass John Vergin was the warm, authoritative Christ. LeaAnne Den Beste sang the Mother of God with aching purity."

For the full reviews, click here.  Cappella Romana’s website is http://www.cappellaromana.org.

10/2002

 

......................Passion & Resurrection: US Tour

Passion and Resurrection, Ivan Moody’s 1992 oratorio, will be featured in four concerts in the USA in October, 2002. The performers will be Cappella Romana, under the composer’s direction. The concerts will take place in, Portland, OR (4th October), Seattle, WA (5th October), Irvine, CA (11th October, as part of the Eclectic Orange Festival) and Los Angeles, CA (12th October). For further information, please see Cappella Romana’s website: http://www.cappellaromana.org.

 

Passion and Resurrection, originally commissioned by the Tampere Festival, has met with great acclaim at past performances in Finland, Holland, Great Britain and the USA, and is available on CD, in a recording by Red Byrd and Cappella Amsterdam, on Hyperion CDA 66999. Of this disc, the UK periodical Choir and Organ wrote: "The music of Ivan Moody's Passion and Resurrection is given such a compelling performance on this recording that there are times when it touches sublimity. […] It is hard to explain how music which is not understated but never shoutingly draws attention to itself or waves rowdy rhetorical flags nevertheless conveys, over the span of an hour of more, an overwhelming sense of completion, of things felt and understood with a rare, strange wholeness."

Hyperion Records’ website is: http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk

09/2002

 

......................In Paradise

In Paradise of Old is a setting of a kathisma from Matins of the Exaltation of the Cross, scored for SSAATTBB and written for the Schola Cantorum of St Peter the Apostle, Chicago and their conductor, J. Michael Thompson. It will receive its first performance at the Monastery of the Holy Cross, Chicago, on the Eve of the Exaltation of the Cross, 13th September, and will be repeated at a concert in St Paul, Minnesota (University of St Thomas), in early October (date to be confirmed).

09/2002

 

......................Akathistos Hymn recorded

Ivan Moody’s largest work to date, his setting of the entire Akathistos Hymn (in English) was recorded on CD by Cappella Romana (for whom the work was written and who gave the world première) in Portland, Oregon, USA in August 2002. The conductor was Alexander Lingas, founder and director of Cappella Romana, and composer acted as producer. The recording will be available as a two-disc set in Spring 2003. For more information, please visit Cappella Romana’s website: http://www.cappellaromana.org

"…a major addition to the literature" (Willamette Week, USA)

09/2002

 

......................World première of Lumière sans déclin in Québec

Lumière sans déclin received its première on 23rd August, 2002 as part of the Jusqu'aux oreilles / Up to Your Ears festival, in a performance by Les Voix Baroques. Lumière sans déclin, written specifically for period instruments, takes its title from the lighting of the candles at the beginning of Paschal Matins in the Orthodox Church, symbolizing the Resurrection and is a joyous meditation on the Paschal Light.

The programme also included works by Dunstable, Tallis, Byrd and Purcell, The Defeat of Ferdiad by Elizabeth Liddle (1995/2002; Canadian première), Before Summer Rain by Michael Oesterle (2002; Québec première), Liebeslied by Rodney Sharman (2001/2002; Québec première) and After Tallis by C. Scott Tresham (2001; Québec première).

08/2002

 

......................Two angelic premières: Vigil of the Angels, Anghelu

The première of Vigil of the Angels, for solo viola and string orchestra, met with a rapturous reception on Friday 7th June in Lisbon. The soloist was the work’s dedicatee, Alexandre Delgado, with the Lisbon Sinfonietta directed by Vasco Pearce de Azevedo, and the concert took place in the beautiful main hall of the Sociedade de Geografia in Lisbon. On 29th June, Anghelu (the title is the Sardinian word for "angel") for double bass quartet was given a similarly successful world première as part of a remarkable concert, including special choreographic and lighting effects, by Contr’Orquestra, at the Teatro Garcia Resende, Évora.

06/2002

 

......................Akathistos recording in August

Ivan Moody’s largest work to date, his setting of the entire Akathistos Hymn, will be recorded on CD by Cappella Romana (for whom the work was written and who gave the world première) in Portland, Oregon, USA in August 2002. The conductor will be Alexander Lingas, founder and director of Cappella Romana, and composer will be producing.

06/2002

 

......................Award for Supplication for Peace

Supplication for Peace, scored for TTBarBB, has been awarded top honours in the male voice category by "Waging Peace through Singing", based in Oregon, USA. Over 700 works were considered for awards; more details may be found at www.iwagepeace.com

06/2002

 

......................Kassiani in New York

The Troparion of Kassiani, originally written for Trio Mediaeval, received its North American première on 30th April, 2002. It was sung in liturgical context, as part of the "Bridegroom" Matins of Great and Holy Tuesday, by soloists from the choir of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection, New York City. Ivan Moody will be writing a further work especially for this choir, for 2003.

04/2002

 

......................New additions to the catalogue

Amongst recently completed works are three works for voices: The first is The Blessed Among Women, Weeping (A Passion Carol), on a text by John of Euchaita in a translation by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and a brief text from Orthodox Matins of Holy Saturday, scored for TTBarB, to be premiered by Red Byrd later in 2002. The second is Chalice of Wisdom, dealing with the life of St Thomas, and commissioned by the German ensemble Amarcord, whose members were all choristers at the ThomaskIrche in Leipzig. This work, scored for TTBarBB, will received its first performance at the Amarcord Festival later this year. Finally, In Paradise of Old, scored for SSAATTBB, is a setting of a kathisma from Matins of the Exaltation of the Cross, written for the Schola Cantorum of St Peter the Apostle, Chicago and their conductor, J. Michael Thompson. It will receive its first performance at the Monastery of the Holy Cross, Chicago, on the Eve of the Exaltation of the Cross,13th September, and will be repeated at a concert in St Paul, Minnesota (University of St Thomas), in early October.

03/2002

  

......................Words of the Angel's continuing success

"Words of the Angel" (ECM New Series 461 782-2) has been an end-of-the-year recommendation of several important newspapers: in Germany, Die Zeit, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, in the Swiss Tages-Anzeiger and is, according to the Brazilian magazine Clube do Audio & Video, one of the Ten Best CDs of 2001.  It was also an Editor's Choice in the January 2002 issue of Gramophone.  Michael Oliver, in the February 2002 issue of International Record Review, wrote : "It is a tribute to Moody's piece, a Resurrection motet with vivid effects of dazzling light, that it can follow these pieces without anticlimax. An exceptionally coupling, finely and atmospherically recorded."

01/2002

 

......................Third CD recording of Canticum Canticorum

The Canadian ensemble Musica Intima, based in Vancouver, has recently made the third commercial CD recording of Canticum Canticorum I, on Atma Classique ACD2 2284.  Details of the recording, which was released in early December 2001, may be obtained from the group's website: http://www.musicaintima.org

01/2002

 

......................Make ready, Bethlehem/Dormi Iesu première

Make ready, Bethlehem/Dormi Iesu, which combines the texts of the apolytikion of the Preparation of Nativity (in English) and the anonymous Christmas carol Dormi Iesu (in Latin) was given its first performance with great success at the Church of St Andrews-by-the-Wardrobe, London, on Wednesday 12th December, 2001 by the English Chamber Choir under the direction of Guy Protheroe.

12/2001

 

......................Lamentations of the Myrrhbearer première

Lamentations of the Myrrhbearer, for string quartet, received its world première at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, on Monday 10th December, 2001.  The performers were soloists from the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Garegine Arouthounian, Pedro Pacheco, André Cameron and Levon Mouradian, and the concert also included works by Alexandre Delgado and Giuseppe Verdi.

12/2001

 

.....................Words of the Angel CD Lisbon launch

On 4th December 2001, the CD "Words of the Angel", on the ECM label, distributed in Portugal by Dargil, was officially launched in Portugal at the FNAC-Colombo. The disc includes mediaeval music and my work Words of the Angel, sung by the Trio Mediaeval from Norway. The launch included a short presentation by the composer, and both Words of the Angel and Troparion of Kassiani were given their Portuguese premières by a trio of Portuguese singers - Angélica Neto, Elsa Cortês and Susana Moody.

12/2001

 

.....................Pravoslava Chamber Choir premieres Vecheri Tvoeya

Vecheri Tvoeya, a setting of the Communion Hymn for Holy Thursday, was given its première by the Pravoslava Chamber Choir, under the composer's direction, at the Palácio Foz in Lisbon on 13th November, 2001.  The concert, which received a standing ovation, also included works by Nikolsky, Chesnokov, Christov and Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as chants from the Byzantine and Bulgarian traditions.

11/2001

 

.....................Words of the Angel released on CD

The Norwegian group Trio Mediaeval have recorded Words of the Angel, written for them in 1998, for ECM.  The disc was launched in Oslo on Saturday 13th October, 2001.  The disc also includes the Messe de Tournai, mediaeval English polyphony and Italian laude.  Disc catalogue number is ECM New Series 1753 (461 782-2).

The London launch will take place at the Wigmore Hall on Friday, 30th November, 2001, and in Austria at the Vienna KonzertHaus on 30th January, 2002

10/2001

 

......................Prophecy of Symeon premiered in Oporto

The Grupo Vocal Olisipo gave the world première of The Prophecy of Symeon, written specially for them and commissioned by Porto European Capital of Culture 2001 at the Convento de São Bento, Oporto, on Sunday 14th October, 2001, to resounding applause.  The concert also included a previous work written for the group, Meeting in the Garden, and new works by Portuguese composer Manuel Pedro Ferreira and Englishman Christopher Bochmann.

09/2001

 

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