|dds 29002 (digital download EP)|
MEALOR: NOW SLEEPS THE CRIMSON PETAL
This special digital-only EP release contains a very special piece of music: Paul Mealor's short choral cycle Now sleeps the crimson petal; adapted, as 'Ubi Caritas' for the 2011 Royal Wedding; its four poems set with such skill as to make this one of the most astonishingly superb choral works of our age. The EP is also a 'taster' for the full album Madrigali: Fire and Roses which also features ancient madrigals and a brilliant extended work, Madrigali, by American composer Morten Lauridsen, available in both CD and download: DDA25094.
|CD DURATION: 11:37
AUDIO SAMPLE: A spotless rose [extract]
|"Like most of us, I imagine, I had never heard of Paul Mealor until a couple of weeks ago, when these works were performed at the Royal Wedding, adapted to the words Ubi caritas et amor . With whichever text, they make for entertaining listening. With a booklet of texts, good performances and recording, and a reduced price to match the ‘ep' length, this is strongly recommended. (Discovery of the Month) - Brian Wilson (MusicWeb Download Roundup)|