<< -- 2 -- Patric Standford BRIGHTNESS AND FIDELITY
The setting of Ave
maris stella, first performed by the choir of Portsmouth Grammar
School and the London Mozart Players on Armistice Day 2001, draws two
Psalms from the Vulgate into its texts to highlight its theme of
peace, significantly remembering Portsmouth's naval history (Psalm 106
begins 'They that go down to the sea in ships'). The men sing of the
gathering storm -- 'Dixit et surrexit ...'
[listen -- track 1, 5.57-6.50].
The most substantial work on the CD is the setting of the Magnificat, a
centenary commission last year from the Finchley Choral Society.
After an instrumental introduction that rises from the dark
[listen -- track 2, 0.01-0.55),
the choir makes its bright entry in what seems (with
this limited McDowall acquaintance) to be the composer's brightest
[listen -- track 2, 1:40-2:41].
Copyright © 11 December 2004
Patric Standford, Wakefield UK