With Richard May cello
"An exciting new CD" Aled Jones, The Choir, BBC Radio 3
"The emergence of the Exultate Singers, founded in 2002 by David Ogden, adds to the growing list of stellar British mixed choirs capable of producing topnotch performances of some of the most dauntingly challenging choral literature." AllMusic
"This imaginatively programmed disc marks the Exultate Singers out as a choir to be reckoned with." BBC Music Magazine
"Sung with requisite purity by the Exultate Singers under David Ogden... the most powerful tracks are John Tavener's exotic Syvati and Henryk Górecki's Totus tuus, a work that encourages pure contemplation." Financial Times
"Exultate's style of singing stands apart from the mainstream major British choral groups, the warm quality generated by thirty-eight voices, and being much larger than their famous counterparts, the tone is not stressed. Very good sound from the popular UK recording location in St. George's, Bristol." David Denton, Naxos.com
Exultate Singers' new release, its first on the Naxos label, offers connections and contrasts in music of devotion and consolation in a wide-ranging programme.
The settings by life-long friends Holst and Vaughan Williams, whilst very different, are highly affecting. The music of Rachmaninov, whose hymn derives from his 1915 All-Night Vigil, and John Tavener is immersed in the ritual of the Russian Orthodox Church. Marian Prayers come from Pierre Villette and Knut Nystedt. The music that gives its name to the title of the disc is the beautiful 'conversation' of Roxanna Panufnik, All Shall Be Well, which the choir commissioned in 2009. The piece, scored for double choir and cello, was written for a concert marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and was premiered in Clifton Cathedral.
The CD was recorded in St Georges Bristol, and was released on 1st May 2012.
The CD was featured on BBC Radio 3's In Tune on 10th May, and was played on Radio 3's The Choir on Sunday 3rd June. It was selected as the Essential CD of the Week on Rob Cowan's Essential Classics for the week of Monday 4th - Friday 8th June.
1. All Shall Be Well (premiere recording) Roxanna Panufnik (b.1968)
2. Nunc Dimittis Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
3. Valiant-for-Truth Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
4. Bogoroditsye Dyevo Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
5. Svyati John Tavener (b.1944)
6. Totus Tuus Henryk Górecki (1933-2010)
7. O magnum mysterium Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (b.1963)
8. Hymne à la Vierge Pierre Villette (1926-1998)
9. Stabat Mater Knut Nystedt (b.1915)
Recorded at St George's Bristol, UK 11-12 June 2011. Recorded, edited & mastered by Colin Rae; Producer: Daniel Moult; booklet notes: David Ogden; vocal coach: Frith Trezevant; language coaches: Alicja Maur, Olen Shvetsova, Elizabeth Corrigan
Exultate Singers' second CD, A Time For Singing was recorded and produced by John Rutter. The CD was released in November 2008.
"This is a terrific mixed bag of a programme, designed to show off the considerable qualities of the Exultate Singers under their founding conductor, David Ogden. With music from Byrd and Victoria to Britten and Bob Chilcott, there's something for everyone. This 40-strong chamber choir based in Bristol sounds confident in just about anything they perform here; the blend and balance is admirable... The resonant recording venue occasionally blurs their words, but this is to quibble. Warmly recommended. 4 stars."
Philip Reed, Choir & Organ magazine, May/June 2009
CDs can be ordered online or purchased from Providence Music shop in central Bristol - 1 St George's Road, Bristol or by phone on 0117 927 6536.
Tracks from the CD are also available to download from iTunes, The Classical Shop, CD Baby and other online retailers.
1. Tomorrow shall be my dancing day Gardner
2. Hymn to the Virgin Britten
3. Come Sunday Duke Ellington
4. Geistliches Lied Brahms
5. Christ whose glory fills the skies Carpenter
6. Sing joyfully Byrd
7. Ave Verum Corpus Byrd
8. Lay a garland Pearsall
9. O little one sweet Bach
10. What sweeter music Rutter
11. Super flumina Babylonis Victoria
12. Song of Ruth Ogden
13. Abendlied Rheinberger
14. Lully, lulla Leighton
15. The Infant King (Sing Lullaby) Basque Noel arr Willcocks
16. Salvator mundi Tallis
17. Die himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes Schutz
18. My spirit sang all day Finzi
19. Where riches is everlastingly Chilcott
20. O vos omnes Ginastera
21. And so it goes Billy Joel
Visions of Peace is Exultate Singers' debut CD which brings together a wide range of choral music, all beautifully sung and recorded in the crystal clear acoustic of St Alban's Church, Bristol.
It featured on BBC Radio 3's The Choir and described by Aled Jones as being 'full of interesting items'.
CDs can be ordered online or purchased from Providence Music shop in central Bristol. Tracks are also available to download on iTunes and at the Classical Shop.
1. O magnum mysterium Morten Lauridsen
2. E'en so, Lord Jesus Paul Manz
3. The Reproaches Martin Le Poidevin
4. I wonder as I wander Trad arr. Andrew Carter
5. Nova, nova Bob Chilcott
6. Lux aurumque Eric Whitacre
7. A Spotless Rose Herbert Howells
8. Away in a manger Trad arr. Bob Chilcott
9. Set me as a seal Ian Carpenter
10. Christ has no body now but yours David Ogden
11. Mundi renovatio Gyorgy Orban
12. The Lamb John Tavener
13. Hear my prayer Henry Purcell
14. Be still, my soul Jean Sibelius
15. Versa est in luctum Alonso Lobo
16. Tomorrow shall be my dancing day Trad arr. David Willcocks
17. Bring us, O Lord God William Harris
18. Goin' home to God Trad arr. Steve Barnett