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Briggs/ Filsell: Contemporary Choral Music [Vasari Singers, Jeremy Backhouse] [Naxos: 8573111]

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  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Composer: David Briggs, Jeremy Filsell
  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00EWT17MA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Jeremy FILSELL | Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
  2. Jeremy FILSELL | Epitaph (Here shadow lie)
  3. Jeremy FILSELL | If God build not the house
  4. Jeremy FILSELL | Magnificat (Windsor Service)
  5. Jeremy FILSELL | Nunc Dimittis (Windsor Service)
  6. Jeremy FILSELL | The Transfiguration
  7. Jeremy FILSELL | Te Deum (Windsor Service)
  8. Jeremy FILSELL | Jublilate (Windsor Service)
  9. David BRIGGS | Pange lingua
  10. David BRIGGS | Organ Improvisation on Tantum Ergo
  11. David BRIGGS | Messe pour Saint-Sulpice

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This recording brings together two of today's finest British organist/composers and includes specially commissioned works. Jeremy Filsell's music is rooted in a long liturgical tradition and ranges from a poignant Epitaph to a Te Deum which recreates the spirit of William Walton's glorious piece for the 1953 Coronation. David Briggs's Pange lingua portrays the wonders of the Holy Communion in music, and his dramatic and grandiose Messe pour Saint-Sulpice also has moments of quiet, emotional profundity. The Vasari Singers' Great British Anthems (8.572504) has been described as "essential listening" (Gramophone).

The Vasari Singers have already been recognised as superb performers, with their acclaimed album Great British Anthems (8.572504) given "Recommended" status by Gramophone magazine. Jeremy Filsell's reputation as a performer also precedes him in his accompaniment of songs by Vierne (8.572346) and Widor (8.572345) which have been acclaimed as "deeply felt and extremely communicative" (Fanfare). The creative frisson of the close collaborations in this recording makes it uniquely special, with both composers performing alongside the Vasari Singers and providing invaluable insight into their works, including those specially commissioned for this CD.

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'This lovely CD was not at all what I expected...The scene is set with Filsell's Tomorrow shall be my dancing day which is lively and thoroughly entertaining and makes it obvious that the Vasari Singers are a very classy group indeed...I enjoyed this disc enormously and would urge music-lovers to buy it at once and wash away their preconceptions.' --MusicWeb International

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In 2011 I picked up a copy of the David Briggs Messe pour Notre Dame, a recording that received rave reviews and personally blew me away. I reviewed that disc on Amazon back then and said I couldn't wait for someone to record his other Mass, "Messe pour Saint Sulpice". Well here it is, and it has been well worth the wait.

The disc is presented as a 50/50 split between two British organist-composers, Jeremy Filsell and David Briggs, both of whom now work Stateside, and this creates a lovely contrast of styles. Briggs's beautiful anthem "Pange Lingua" opens his half of the CD in what is a true virtuoso performance of a rich, vibrant and complex anthem - commissioned and premiered by Vasari Singers and a real highlight of the CD. Following that is a short organ improvisation by Briggs, before the above-mentioned Briggs Mass concludes the recording in stunning style.

The opening half of the CD is taken with the music of Jeremy Filsell, again featuring new commissions, and Filsell's cycle of Morning and Evening Canticles (Te Deum, Jubilate, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) written for the choir of Windsor Chapel (where Filsell used to sing). The Te Deum in particular stands out with it's Walton-esque references, intricate organ colour and floating soprano lines.

The Vasari Singers excel on this recording under Jeremy Backhouse's direction and the audio quality is absolutely superb, with a wonderful balance between choir and organ throughout. Interesting to note the Producer Adrian Peacock also produced the Notre Dame mass so he must have an ear for Briggs's music.

Highly recommended.
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If you love truly contemporary choral music and you love the organ, you will adore this. Stunning compositions (the Pangue Lingua in particular raised all the hairs on my body), and incredible musicianship from both the singers and the organists - as one would expect from a collaboration between such well known and accomplished artists. A word of warning: Some of these pieces contain contemporary discords that may not be to everyone's taste - to me these just add to the incredibly rich and varied sound. Top marks!
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This is choral music both accessible and heartfelt, at least to me - l'm on their wavelength. It is contemporary but in the great English choral tradition. Jeremy Filsell has 8 pieces including three Canticles for St. George's Chapel, Windsor. David Briggs a setting of the Mass, an organ piece based on Tantum Ergo, and a short choral piece. The beautiful singing of the Vasari Singers under Jeremy Backhouse sounds glorious in this music, with the organ of Tonbridge School Chapel providing the ideal accompaniment. At Naxos's bargain price this lovely disc is one to savour over and over. Buy it..
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Fabulous !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Write On, Write On 9 Oct. 2015
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These new choral works are worship-worthy additions to the repertoire I found them refreshing, clearly written, and very accessible to me as a listener. Yes, the organ work under them needs a highly competent player, but that is true of every good anthem, or hymn, for that matter. This CD will find its place in my computer library, as I will want to listen again and again. I'd love to hear what Kings College, Christ Church, Oxford, Winchester, Salisbury, and Canterbury choirs could do with them. Congratulations to Jeremy and David! Good Work, colleagues! Ken the organist in Marshalltown, Iowa
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