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BRIAN FERNEYHOUGH: CHORAL MUSIC
BBC SINGERS + LONTANO
CONDUCTED BY ODALINE DE LA MARTINEZ

Widely regarded as one of the foremost composers of the modern age,Brian Ferneyhough has won the 2007 Ernst von Siemens Prize for Music. This prestigious award is made to a composer, performer, or scholar who has made outstanding contributions to the world of music. In this choral material as with all of his music, Ferneyhough pushes back boundaries of style, compositional and performing techniques.
A co-production with BBC Radio 3
playing time: 67:12
direct sale price:  £12.00
audio  sample:  MIssa Brevis: Sanctus (opening)
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tracks:

MISSA BREVIS:
Kyrie-Gloria-Sanctus-Benedictus-Agnus Dei
THE DOCTRINE OF SIMILARITY:
Amphibolies I-Dust to Dusk-Cannot Cross-
Motetus absconditus-Amphibolies II-
But even fire is light-Sometimes-
Anagrammatica-Dew and Die-Schein-
Dusts to Dusks-Amphibolies III-Salute

TWO MARIAN MOTETS:
Ave mater gloriosa salvatoris
Alma redemptoris Mater
STELAE FOR FAILED TIME

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“All authentic pieces for choir, though they all need a hugely proficient one like the BBC Singers. The mass is particularly welcome, for it's one of the most important of Ferneyhough's early works… Powerfully wrought and fiercely concentrated, it shows how far stylistically Ferneyhough had developed and set the agenda for the extraordinary series of pieces that followed in the next decade.”- Andrew Clements (The Guardian)
“Brian Ferneyhough’s music… inhabits a rich and roomy imaginative world, including the astonishing Missa Brevis. This performance generates an intense expressive heat, shot through with passages of icy calm.” - Performance ×××× Sound ×××× -
Ivan Hewett (BBC Music Magazine)
“An impressive disc” – Paul Driver (Sunday Times)
“This disc offers an overview of unexpected inclusiveness. All the performances are as authoritative as one would expect. Presentation is up to Metiers high standards.” – Richard Whitehouse (International Record Review)
“fascinating music…a must for anyone enjoying the contemporary scene” ××××× Nottingham Evening Post
“This is a rather special addition to Ferneyhough’s discography. The interpretative standard of these performances is uniformly high, as is the quality and presence of the sound recording; but in “Stelae” the results are exceptional” - Fabrice Fitch (Gramophone)
"Shows a characteristic virtuosity of texture and timbre. [Missa Brevis] is a fascinating piece to listen to. Caring performances." - Peter Palmer (Tempo)