The CD also includes two organ works by Pierucci played by the composer in the Monastery of St Saviour's, Jerusalem:
PIERUCCI: DE PROFUNDIS
Father Pierucci's first cantata to words by Regina Derieva, "Via Crucis" was described as "a major find" and " a remarkable work" by critics. Pierucci writes in a tonal and very listenable style but with a distinctive voice of his own, and this new work, using a chamber ensemble rather than organ, takes as its basis a short, haunting motif, used in variation form in all the movements. This work, like "Via Crucis" is highly recommended to choirs and choral societies.
| playing time: 56:26
direct sale price: £8.50
audio sample: "The Fewer Former Things"
The poems in this cantata, with other poems by Derieva, are available in Pilgrim's Star books. Details here
|review extracts: for full reviews click here|
|“The music is not morbid, on the contrary it is tuneful and uplifting in spirit. It is written in traditional European mode with just a hint of Eastern exoticism and is enjoyable to listen to. The performance and recording is excellent. The presentation is good, and includes the full text of the poems in various languages. The disc also includes two sets of organ variations played by the composer. The disc can be recommended strongly to lovers of church music.” - Arthur Baker (Federation of Recorded Music Societies)|
|“The cantata… is conceived for chamber forces and as such has a lightness of tone rarely heard in works of this ilk. The Alleluia Variations are beautiful, almost folklike, if an organ can be! The performers do the music and its composer full justice and the whole enterprise shines out like a beacon of integrity in the midst of compilation and crossover driven blandout.” - Neil Horner (MusicWeb)|
|“Pierucci’s musical language is conservative and should present no problems to most listeners. Mezzo-soprano Ginatre Skeryte has a clean, bright voice… The Aidija chamber choir sing admirably, with a clear clean tone and they are never stretched by Pierucci’s music. The instrumental players give fine support. The first (organ piece)… has a strikingly Irish folksong-like cast... [The second organ] piece has the complexity, depth and even violence that is lacking from the ‘De Profundis’ and gives us a glimpse of another aspect of Pierucci’s musical personality.” - Robert Hugill (MusicWeb)|
|"Pierucci has created a deeply-felt and clearly moving work of art which is exceptionally well performed and recorded here. The rich acoustic suits the music well, and it is a welcome surprise to encounter such a fine Organ in this part of Northern Europe. [Regina Derieva's] thoughtful and penetrating text is well captured by this genuine and gifted composer… A fascinating and important issue." - Musical Opinion|