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17 April 2024
Angelus: French Sacred Song

Sarah Fox (soprano)
Rupert Gough (organ)
Cecily Beer (harp)

Marking the hours of the day by praying the Angelus is a tradition dating back to the eleventh century. By the early twentieth century, this devotional prayer was given musical life in Louis Vierne’s triptyque for voice and organ of the same name, whose first and last movements’ timeless quality is imbued with the repetition of the tolling Angelus bell hidden within the accompaniment. The sound of this bell is a recurring theme in this recording, captured in the glorious acoustic of Buckfast Abbey, where the Angelus continues to sound to this day – an unbroken link through the centuries. The lyrical writing of these songs of veneration is given enchanting voice by Sarah Fox, together with a number of premiere recordings including Olivier Messiaen’s O sacrum convivium, performed in its original guise for solo voice and organ.

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Louis Vierne: Les Angélus, Op. 57

I. Au matin

II. À midi

III. Au soir

 

César Franck: Panis angelicus

Jean Roger-Ducasse: Ave Regina cælorum

Jean Roger-Ducasse: Salve Regina

Henri Büsser: Le sommeil de l’enfant Jésus, Op. 3 No. 3

Ernest Chausson: Pater noster, Op. 16

Louis Vierne transcr. Rupert Gough: À l’Angélus du soir, Op. 17 No. 5

Jean Langlais: Ave Maria

Jean Langlais: O salutaris

Olivier Messiaen: O sacrum convivium

Jean Langlais: Noël Breton (Huit Chants de Bretagne), Op. 161

III. Angelus

 

André Caplet: Pater noster

Lili Boulanger: Pie Jesu

Nadia Boulanger: Lux æterna

Flor Peeters: Speculum vitæ

I. Night

II. Morning

III. Midday

IV. Evening

Recorded in Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK on 5th-7th January 2023
Recording Engineer: David Hinnitt
Recording Producer: David Hinnitt
Assistant Producer: Matthew Searles
Executive Producer: Philip Arkwright
Total Time: 79:57
Release Date: July 2023

Sarah Fox (soprano)Educated at Giggleswick School, Sarah Fox was a choral scholar at Royal Holloway, University of London, before further study at the Royal College of Music. A former winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the John Christie Award, she is also an Honorary Fellow of Royal Holloway. She is equally at home in many musical genres including opera, folksong and musical theatre.

She regularly performs roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and The Royal Danish Opera, and her concert career encompasses engagements across America as well as tours throughout the UK and Europe. She works with many of the world’s leading orchestras and has appeared several times at the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh Festival and the Three Choirs Festival, and is a regular guest at London’s Wigmore Hall. Sarah also performs frequently with John Wilson and his orchestra.

Cecily Beer has been Resident Harpist at The Waldorf Hotel, Covent Garden, sinceCecily Beer (harp) 2014 and enjoys a varied freelance music career. Alongside playing for high profile
events at venues such as Blenheim Palace, Goodwood Estate and National Trust properties, she has performed on separate occasions for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Princess Anne, and a 60th birthday concert for King Charles III at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She has performed all over the world, including as guest recitalist in Kuwait City. She has taken part in broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio London, Classic FM, and has made several musical appearances on television. On the concert platform she has performed Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp in The Shipley Festival, Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane for harp solo and strings at St Martin in the Fields, and Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker at Cadogan Hall.

Rupert Gough (organ)Rupert Gough has been Director of Choral Music & College Organist at Royal Holloway, University of London, since 2005. He is also Organist & Director of Music at London’s oldest surviving church, St Bartholomew the Great, which maintains a professional choir. At Royal Holloway Rupert has developed the choral programme to include weekly choral recitals, choral conducting courses for undergraduates, frequent new choral commissions and has transformed the Chapel Choir into an elite group of 24 choral scholars.

Rupert has worked with a variety of professional ensembles including the BBC Singers, King’s Singers, Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. As an organist he has performed widely as a soloist and as a part of a violin and organ duo. Highlights include the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and recitals in Moscow and across the USA.

 

AF009     View Booklet     UPC: 0793591948584

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