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THIS CHURCH - Michael Finnissy

THIS CHURCH - Michael Finnissy-Voice and Organ-Vocal Collection
ID: MSVCD92069 (EAN: 5060054460118)  | 1 CD | DDD
Ausgefolgt: 2003
Vocal Collection
Voice and Organ
ADAMS, Philip (organ) | JACKSON, Richard (baritone) | MONEY, Jane (mezzo-soprano)
Andere Infos:

RICHARD JACKSON (baritone), JANE MONEY (mezzo-soprano), TONY POTTER & LARRY YATES (narrators), PHILIP ADAMS (organ), IXION, conducted by the composer.

Michael Finnissy is among the leading composers of our generation, and this CD forms part of the Metier Finnissy cycle, still ongoing. Finnissy wrote "This Church" in 2001-3 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of St. Mary de Haura, New Shoreham, on the Sussex coast. This church and the evolving community around it is typical of countless others across Britain. Its story exemplifies the history of Christianity from Norman times to the present.

This Church - parts 1-4
CD also includes a FLASH multimedia presentation about the project.

Ixion was formed in May 1987, and launched with concerts at the BMIC and Dartington; it was from the title of an early Feldman score that the name Ixion was chosen. The purpose in forming this ensemble was to provide an independent platform for composers and instrumentalists. Ixion has had five series of concerts at the Brighton Festival and at Dartington, as well as concerts at the Bergen Festival, Huddersfield Festival, Darmstadt Summer School, various universities and the South Bank - many of these concerts were broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Ixion have also been featured on BBC2 and Channel 4 television. Over the last few years, Ixion has also recorded and released several critically acclaimed CDs featuring the music of Andrew Toovey and Michael Finnissy.


“This music has grit and invention and documents a genuine situation: a cutting reproach to the glibness and ingratiation which seem to be the inevitable condiment to commerce.” - Ben Watson (The Wire)

“The courage of Finnissy's This Church in challenging preconceived notions of new music stood out like a beacon” - Philip Clark (The Wire ) (The Wire Top CDs of 2003)

“Texts of endless interest and fascination, the words … underpinned with evocative music which makes the whole greater than the sum of its disparate parts. an ambitious, but at the same time economical and unpretentious, oratorio for our times… utterly compelling” - Peter Grahame Woolf (Musical Pointers)

“This is a remarkable document of a remarkable large-scale piece that, in all likelihood, won't be performed again. this piece owes everything to the performers it was written for. The professionals sound like professionals, the amateurs sound like amateurs, and they are wonderful together. But it enjoys the additional virtues of a taut structure and some real passion and humanity. We're lucky indeed they made this recording.” - “Quinn” (American Record Guide)

“There are new compositions worthy of note. One such is Finnissy's This Church, a cycle of stirring, beautifully-sung music performed with great skill.” - Andy Richardson (Shropshire Star)

“The textures are always spare and the manner ritualistic, but the journey from "Kyng Edward the syxt" to the first world war is epic.” - Paul Driver (The Sunday Times)


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