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  • Audio CD (22 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B001BPKMB0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): Kyrie: Close now thine eyesChoir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/London Musici/Natasha Marsh/Stephen Darlington 9:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): Revelation: Factum est silentiumChoir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/London Musici/Stephen Darlington 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): BeliefChoir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/London Musici/Alfie Boe/Stephen Darlington 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): Hymn: Lead, kindly lightChoir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/London Musici/Stephen Darlington 2:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): Lacrymosa: Do not stand at my grave and weepChoir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/London Musici/Christopher Maltman/Stephen Darlington 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): Dies Irae: In Flanders fieldsChoir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/London Musici/Natasha Marsh/Alfie Boe/Christopher Maltman/Stephen Darlington 5:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): Recordare: Drop, drop slow tearsChoir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/London Musici/Natasha Marsh/Stephen Darlington 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): Revelation: Tum angelus tertius clanxitChoir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/London Musici/Stephen Darlington 1:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): Agnus DeiChoir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/London Musici/Alfie Boe/Stephen Darlington 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): In Paradisum: Lux aeternaChoir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/London Musici/Natasha Marsh/Alfie Boe/Christopher Maltman/Stephen Darlington 8:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Love Divine (2000)Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/London Musici/Natasha Marsh/Alfie Boe/Christopher Maltman/Stephen Darlington 4:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Lord is my shepherd (Psalm 23) (1994)Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/London Musici/Natasha Marsh/Alfie Boe/Christopher Maltman/Stephen Darlington 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Spared (2008)Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/London Musici/Natasha Marsh/Alfie Boe/Christopher Maltman/Stephen Darlington 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 

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The writing of a Requiem is a special challenge for any composer. The great Requiems of the past by composers such as Mozart, Verdi, Fauré and Duruflé interpret the sacred Requiem text literally, and represent a prayer for the salvation of the departed soul(s). Howard Goodall s Requiem, by contrast, is intended to provide solace to the grieving. The composer said, For me, a modern Requiem is one that acknowledges the terrible, unbearable loss and emptiness that accompanies the death of loved ones, a loss that is not easily ameliorated with platitudes about the joy awaiting us in the afterlife. ... Musical expression can I hope provide some outlet, some reflection, some transportation, even some comfort....This was to be a Requiem for the living, a Requiem focussing on interrupted lives.

Commissioned by Mark Stephenson on behalf of London Musici to celebrate the orchestra s 20th anniversary, Eternal Light: A Requiem is a stand-alone choral work that will have its London premiere in November 2008 in an exciting collaborative version for choir, soloists, orchestra and dance. The dance, Eternal Light, commissioned by Sadler s Wells Theatre, will be performed by Rambert Dance Company, its associate orchestra London Musici and Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford. Rambert Dance Company and its artistic director, Mark Baldwin, worked closely with Howard Goodall from the conception of the project to find ways in which the themes of the Requiem might be explored further in dance.

Three other choral works by Howard Goodall are also included in this CD: his setting of Psalm 23, well known as the theme tune of the BBC s Vicar of Dibley series; Love Divine, a hymn of praise set to Charles Wesley s reassuring, open-hearted words; and, finally, Goodall s setting of Spared, Wendy Cope s poem capturing the feelings of many people following the destruction of the World Trade Centre in New York on September 11, 2001. [The work] acts, I hope, as a fitting companion to Eternal Light: A Requiem.

About the Artist

Howard Goodall
Almost everyone knows at least one of Howard Goodall's popular TV themes for Blackadder, Mr Bean, Red Dwarf, The Catherine Tate Show, Q.I. or The Vicar of Dibley. Other television scores include The Borrowers and his BAFTA-nominated The Gathering Storm. Film scores include Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie (1997), Richard Curtis Bernard and the Genie and Mr Bean's Holiday (2007).

He is a prodigious writer of choral music and has contributed songs to several platinum-selling CDs. In Memoriam Anne Frank was performed at the first National Holocaust Memorial concert in January 2001, O Lord God of Time and Eternity at the 2003 Service of Remembrance for the Iraq war in St Paul's Cathedral, and his settings of Psalm 23 and Love Divine are amongst the most performed of all contemporary choral works.

In the theatre his musicals have been performed throughout the world. The Hired Man, which he wrote with Melvyn Bragg in 1984, won The Ivor Novello Award for Best Musical (1985), 4 Olivier Award nominations, in Holland a John Kraaijkamp Musical Award (2001), 7 Waterford International Musical Festival awards and in 2004 the TMA Award for Best Musical. In 2007-8 the New Perspectives Theatre Company took a revival of it on a 6-month UK tour, followed by Greenwich Theatre in London and a highly-acclaimed season Off-Broadway. Girlfriends (1986) was premiered in London's West End in 1987 and in Washington DC in May 2003. Days of Hope (1990) was a co-production of Hampstead Theatre and the Oxford Stage Company, was revived at London's King's Head Theatre in 2007, Silas Marner was commissioned by the 1993 Salisbury Festival and subsequently revived by the City of Birmingham Touring Opera. The Kissing-Dance (1999) and The Dreaming (2001) were both commissioned by the National Youth Music Theatre and toured extensively after seasons at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Theatre. A Winter's Tale was premiered at the Sage Gateshead in December 2005, Two Cities at Salisbury Playhouse in September 2006. 2009 will see the UK Tour and West End premiere of Love Story.

As well as presenting a range of BBC TV and Radio series, Howard also writes and presents his own highly-successful Channel 4 documentary series on the theory and history of music. For these six series he has been honoured by a BAFTA, an RTS Judges Prize and over a dozen other major international broadcast awards. He hosts a weekly Saturday lunchtime show on Classic FM, Howard Goodall On...

He is a tireless advocate for music education, receiving the 2007 Sir Charles Grove/Making Music Prize for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, a British Academy of Composers & Songwriters Gold Badge for exceptional work in support of his fellow composers, Honorary Doctorates of Music from Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln, and Bolton University, the Voice of the Listener & Viewer Naomi Sargant Memorial Award for 'Outstanding Contribution to Education in Broadcasting' and in January 2007 he was appointed as England s first ever National Ambassador for Singing, leading a 4-year programme (Sing Up) to improve the provision of group singing for all primary-age children.

Howard is Classic FM's Composer-in-Residence for 2008-9.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G. E. M. Twissell on 27 Nov. 2008
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I heard this piece as part of a performance of the ballet by the Rambert ballet company, and was immensely moved by it. It truly lifts the listener to an existence beyond the material world. Buy it! You will never tire of listening to it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Crimp on 10 Dec. 2011
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Howard Goodall says in his notes that "this was to be a Requiem for the living, a Requiem focussing on interrupted lives .... in particular the catastrophic grief that follows the loss of young people". In the piece,Howard Goodall skilfully uses English poetry with fragments of Latin, either sung together or antiphonally. There is much to admire in this work and each listener will have their own favourite movements. Howard Goodall displays a great gift for melody as well as providing contrasts in mood. The over-riding feel of the work is one of peace, which is after all what those who are bereaved are seeking. The CD is completed with three other short choral works: Love Divine, The Lord is my Shepherd and Spared. Natasha Marsh, Alfie Boe, Christopher Maltman, London Musici and the Choir Of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford give a very satisfying performance, which is well worth investigation.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By H. Page on 21 Oct. 2008
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With breathtaking music played by London Musici and angelic vocals from the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Goodall's "Eternal Light" is able to evoke the listeners' deepest emotions, successfully showing both the deep sadness and loss associated with death and the splendours of the afterlife.

Goodall's refreshing, original and intelligent take on the Requiem, manages to create a certain relevance to today's society without destroying the foundations of a Requiem. By combining the Latin sequence of a requiem with words to some of the finest poetry, Goodall creates a beautiful array of emotions, and makes the requiem more accessible and meaningful to the listeners.

Eternal Light is a joy to listen to over and over again. Its superbly constructed movements with harmonies that will undoubtedly stick with and move you, Goodall's requiem is a truly magnificent piece of music. Anyone who appreciates either music or poetry will see how Goodall's choice of poems compliment the Latin meaning of each movement, and emphasises the powerful, confusing range of the strongest emotions one feels after losing someone.

Beautiful, inspiring, emotional and stunning, Eternal Light must be one of the best pieces of music I've ever heard. I simply cannot do it justice in this review, nor can I recommend it highly enough.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Skypilot VINE VOICE on 19 Oct. 2008
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There is much to like in this modern requiem containing a surfeit of beautiful, nice music that is peaceful, and indeed comforting, in tone. I'm sure that it will be enjoyed by many and that school and church choirs all over the country will soon be singing selections from it - and enjoying them too!

Unsurprisingly, at times the music is a little Lloyd-Weber meets the Vicar of Dibley ('Lead Kindly Light', 'Belief', 'Do not stand at my grave and weep') but it is certainly pleasant enough and occasionally the singing thrills as in the innovative 'Revelations' both mixing a medieval yet modern feel. The 'Recordare' is a beautifully poignant combination of latin text and Phineas Fletcher's early-17th century sacred verse Drop, drop, slow tears and its simply exquisitely sung by Natasha Marsh. It works extremely well and is my favourite piece in the Requiem.

The problem I have with all of this is the composer's stated aim to provide "a modern Requiem... that acknowledges the terrible, unbearable loss and emptiness that accompanies the death of loved ones, a loss that is not easily ameliorated with platitudes about the joy awaiting us in the afterlife." I'm not at all sure that, in the round, he's actually done this, particularly in what I can only describe as a disfunctional "Dies Irae" where the latin text is coupled with "In Flanders Fields". In my opinion this completely fails to do justice to both texts and indeed to the imagined horrors of hell or the real horrors of the modern battlefield. The "Dies Irae" is traditionally the most powerful and terrifying piece in a traditional requiem for a very good reason.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Trodd on 17 Aug. 2010
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Lovely modern work. Full of well known British soloists. The "Do not Stand at My Grave and Weep" is fantastic
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Howard Goodall shows us what can be achieved by contemporary composers. There is very little on the CD that I didn't like. The Recordare is terrifying clever and sounds very challenging to sing. 'Lead, Kindly Light' is a welcome surprise. The 'bonus' tracks at the end are variable: 'Love Divine' is superb and I have to disagree with the reviewer who thought it would be useful for choirs as the different time signatures from bar to bar will make it difficult for anything other than very accomplished choirs to tackle. Track 10 (the In Paradisum) brings the whole requiem together superbly. One slight criticim is Natasha Marsh's voice - I would have preferred a richer-toned mezzo; however this does not detract from the intrinsic goodness of this work.
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