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BLAKE, H.: Passion of Mary (The) / 4 Songs of the Nativity (London Voices, Royal Philharmonic, Blake)


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BLAKE, H.: Passion of Mary (The) / 4 Songs of the Nativity (London Voices, Royal Philharmonic, Blake)

Howard Blake is a popular and prolific composer whose output includes film scores (not least the extraordinarily successful The Snowman), choral, orchestral and instrumental works, ballets and opera. This disc presents the world première recordings of Four Songs of the Nativity, commissioned by The Book Club for The Bach Choir and London Brass, and Blake’s second dramatic oratorio, The Passion of Mary, commissioned by The Summer Music Society of Dorset in association with South West Arts. ‘The Passion of Mary draws together the Stabat Mater, the Magnificat, the Salve Regina and other Marian and Nativity texts with the wisdom of a Berlioz. The outcome is a splendid, highly accessible choral work.’ Roderick Dunnett (reviewing the London première for Church Times)

Blake, Howard
Petrus av Compostela / Bible / Caswall, Edward / Todi, Jacopone da, lyricist(s)

  The Passion of Mary, Op. 577
1.   Part I: Visitation, Nativity, Childhood (Prophet, Chorus, Mary, Angel, Simeon, Jesus as a boy) 00:23:13
2.   Part II: Temptation in the Wilderness, Sermon on the Mount, Crucifixion (Satan, Jesus as a man, Chorus) 00:12:49
3.   Part III: Stabat Mater Dolorosa (Mary, Chorus) 00:12:11
4.   Part IV: Resurrection, Salve Regina (Jesus as a man, Mary, Soloists, Chorus) 00:09:08

Blake, Howard

  4 Songs of the Nativity, Op. 415
5.   Part I: Holy Mary, Mother Mild 00:06:37
6.   Part II: Of a Rose, a Lovely Rose 00:05:40
7.   Part III: Jesus, Son Most Sweet and Dear 00:03:30
8.   Part IV: Let Us Gather Hand in Hand 00:03:18

Total Playing Time: 01:16:26

Blake, Howard

Bible; Caswall, Edward; Petrus av Compostela; Todi, Jacopone da

Blake, Howard

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

London Voices

Blake, Robert William; Edgar-Wilson, Richard; Rozario, Patricia; Wilson-Johnson, David

Label: Naxos

Genre: Choral - Sacred

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.572453

Barcode: 747313245376

Physical Release: 04/2010

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