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4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality Chilcott
Its very easy to brand Chilcott s a choral composer simply concerned with commercialisation and not with musical substance. Such judgements are unfair and this CD is a fine example of the quality of Chilcott's music when sung well. The gem of CD has to be the 'Little Jazz Mass'. The comparison with Todd's 'Mass in Blue' is unavoidable but both works go beyond simply being...
Published 20 months ago by JBingham

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3.0 out of 5 stars Chilcott - Everyone Sang
This broadly-programmed disc (all the way from Christmas to a jazz trio to Aesop's Fables) sets off strongly; the first track (`The Isle is Full of Noises') a catchy piece which could work in a concert programme or in an atmospheric theatrical situation, and the two parts of `You and Me' were another gem; `Brightness' reaches a good climax and `The Good Side of Me' is...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality Chilcott, 4 May 2013
This review is from: Everyone Sang (Audio CD)
Its very easy to brand Chilcott s a choral composer simply concerned with commercialisation and not with musical substance. Such judgements are unfair and this CD is a fine example of the quality of Chilcott's music when sung well. The gem of CD has to be the 'Little Jazz Mass'. The comparison with Todd's 'Mass in Blue' is unavoidable but both works go beyond simply being novelty pieces. 'Little Jazz Mass' is just as it suggests: far lighter than the Todd but written in a wonderfully idiomatic both for jazz and choral music. Outside of the mass are equally strong smaller works. 'The Isle of Full of Noises' is suitably atmospheric and 'There is a Rose in Middle of Winter' is a beautifully internal piece. I was let down slightly by 'Aesop's Fables', it's over sentimentality reminded me exactly what I disliked about some of Chilcott's other works. The CD is well sang Wellensian Consort; perhaps lacking a little depth to the sound some of the time but made up for with good diction and attention to phrasing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this cd., 20 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Everyone Sang (Audio CD)
Bought this product because my choir is performing The Little Jazz Mass but enjoyed the whole cd. Will look forward to hearing more from Bob Chilcott.,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and vibrant Chilcott, 18 Nov 2013
This review is from: Everyone Sang (Audio CD)
Bob Chilcott is fast becoming one of the most important composers in the UK choral music scene. His compositions are immediately attractive, accessible and tuneful. Chilcott always demonstrates a magical empathy with his chosen texts; finding a depth of expression in his lyrical melodies. It is a joy to hear many previously unknown shorter compositions on this excellent CD - particularly the beautiful setting of 'Our Father' and the title track 'Everyone Sang'. With the support of the excellent Will Todd Trio, the tight ensemble and groove of 'A little Jazz Mass' provides a well judged contrast to the programme.

The Wellensian Consort sing with commitment, clarity and beauty. Their vibrant young voices seem perfectly suited to this repertoire, with some delightfully sensitive accompaniment provided by Gemma Beeson.

Hugely enjoyable and strongly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Chilcott - Everyone Sang, 21 Aug 2013
This review is from: Everyone Sang (Audio CD)
This broadly-programmed disc (all the way from Christmas to a jazz trio to Aesop's Fables) sets off strongly; the first track (`The Isle is Full of Noises') a catchy piece which could work in a concert programme or in an atmospheric theatrical situation, and the two parts of `You and Me' were another gem; `Brightness' reaches a good climax and `The Good Side of Me' is lush without being sickly, and expansive without losing a sense of direction. The Wellensian Consort are always well-polished, yet you can still hear some lovely individual voices which add up to an individual whole, performing with plenty of subtleties often missing in choral recordings; I'd love to hear them live and I felt their reading of this music to be just right.

The Little Jazz Mass is something quite different, creating necessary contrast in the centre of the disc with the addition of the Will Todd Trio. A setting of the Lord's Prayer and three Christmas items follow, of which my favourite was `For him all stars have shone' but all three of which make good options for capable choirs looking for a change to the usual staples at Christmas.

If I had to criticise then sometimes I felt there was a conflict between Chilcott's easy, flowing word setting and the musical structures themselves, particularly in the Aesop's Fables settings (in prose), where the musical climaxes didn't seem, to me, to match the textual ones. The same devices come back a bit too often; the 3+3+2 rhythm, sometimes so effective, becomes a bit over-used after a while. But perhaps these are unavoidable effects of his skill at making his lines sound so natural and easy to sing.

If you've heard and liked some Chilcott and are looking for some more, this disc will be an excellent buy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bob Chilcott's "Everyone Sang", 17 Jun 2013
This review is from: Everyone Sang (Audio CD)
This collection of choral music and settings by Bob Chilcott is most sensitively handled by the Wellensian Consort, conducted by Christopher Finch. This young mixed voice choir blend very nicely, but also manage to create a sort of 'push and pull' with the sound and intertwining of the different vocal lines that makes the listener feel as if the lovely warm, rich sound of this music is simply washing over them.
Pianist Gemma Beeson accompanies the choir throughout much of the recording, the simplicity, or apparent simplicity of the accompaniment supports the vocal lines sensitively, but also adds an extra depth and warmth to the overall sound.
Most of the pieces chosen for this recording felt well matched, with the exception of "A Little Jazz Mass", this seemed rather disjointed from the other, rather serene pieces. That is not to say that "A Little Jazz Mass" was not done justice by the the Wellensian Consort and the Will Todd Trio, because it was very well done and showed off the flexibility and diversity of the choir, who seemed just as at home in this repertoire, and sang it just as beautifully, as in the more classically choral pieces. It also showed the ability of the Will Todd Trio, which consists of Will Todd on piano, Jim Fleeman on drums and Paul Francis on the double bass, to have you swaying in your seat. "A Little Jazz Mass" just didn't seem to fit in with the rest of this recording and felt rather jarring.
After the jazz interlude, which only consists of five tracks, the recording returns to more classically choral pieces, where some of the most beautiful pieces occur.
This recording is a wonderful example of Bob Chilcott's ability to compose music for young voices, but in this you never feel as if his vision for his music had been impeded by this, on the contrary, his compositions are both varied and diverse. Bob Chilcott's "Everyone Sang" is well worth listening to.
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