Will Todd: Lux et Veritas

Will Todd: Lux et Veritas

by Tenebrae

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Overview

The tremendous success of British composer John Rutter is beginning to spawn imitators, both back in the direction of more challenging music and here, from composer Will Todd, in the direction of even more smooth and mellow. Todd in the past has composed jazz-flavored settings of sacred texts, but here, in a collection of mostly English texts (despite the album title), he smoothes almost everything down to pleasant tunes with diatonic harmonies. The album certainly delivers on its "Music for Peace and Reflection" subtitle, and Todd's effort to control the musical surface even leads him to write many of his own texts. A few pieces, such as the concluding "Christus est stella," could have been composed by Rutter, but the majority of the music has a greater density of simple diatonic harmonies than Rutter would permit himself. It's safe to say that if listeners a) like Rutter, b) listen to Britain's Classic FM, or c) are comfortable with music that could land in the new age bin as well as in the classical one, they will love this release. For those who believe that peace and reflection come more from challenging oneself than from anesthesia, they'll probably hate it. The two camps will find common ground in evaluating the performance of British choir Tenebrae under director Nigel Short: the group achieves the kind of opening up of individual tones that's possible only with extreme precision and that fits the aims of the music well. Signum's engineers obtain impressive results in London's St. Augustine's church.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2014
Label: Signum Uk
UPC: 0635212039427
catalogNumber: 394
Rank: 165246

Tracks

  1. O Lux Beata, for chorus, organ, piano & orchestra
  2. Sanctus, for chorus, organ, piano & orchestra
  3. Tidings, for chorus, organ, piano & orchestra
  4. Exalt Us in Your Love, for chorus, organ, piano & orchestra
  5. In This Place, for chorus, organ, piano & orchestra
  6. Agnus Dei, for chorus, organ, piano & orchestra
  7. Encircled, for chorus, organ, piano & orchestra
  8. Precious Moment, for chorus, organ, piano & orchestra
  9. A Celtic Blessing, for chorus, organ, piano & orchestra
  10. For Peace, for chorus, organ, piano & orchestra
  11. Softly, for chorus, organ, piano & orchestra
  12. No More Sorrow, for chorus, organ, piano & orchestra
  13. Remembrance, for chorus, organ, piano & orchestra

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Tenebrae   Primary Artist

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