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    Music for Mary, Bristol University Singers, Directed by David Allinson and David Bednall

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    Gratia plena
    Music for Mary
    Bristol University Singers
    Directed by David Allinson and David Bednall

    ‘This chamber choir excels in the clean, but expressive vocal lines of the Renaissance masterpieces and also displays wonderful control of dynamics in the more recent repertoire. Another fine recording from Regent. Highly recommended.’

    Sydney Organ Journal Spring 2015

    A glorious debut recording from the Bristol University Singers, dedicated to works in praise of the Virgin Mary. The programme contrasts Marian music from sixteenth century, with pieces from the twentieth, and twenty-first, centuries. Masterworks from the Renaissance by Victoria and Guerrero are interspersed with compositions by Howells, Villette, and new works by David Bednall and John Pickard.

    The Bristol University Singers is a chamber choir with 35 members, singing to the highest standards, and on this recording they are conducted in the early works by early music specialist, David Allinson, and in the later works by David Bednall.

    David Allinson is Director of Music at Canterbury Christ Church University. At the time this recording was made he was a Teaching Fellow at Bristol University, where he lectured, and co-conducted the University Singers with David Bednall. Before teaching at Bristol, David held posts at several Oxford colleges and at Oxford Brookes University. His research interests focus particularly on Tudor music and the Reformation.

    David Bednall is rapidly emerging as one of Britain’s foremost young composers. He combines an extensive freelance career with the positions of Organist of the University of Bristol, Sub Organist at Bristol Cathedral, and the Directorship of the University Singers. He recently completed a PhD in Composition. He was Organ Scholar at The Queen’s College, Oxford, and then at Gloucester Cathedral, and subsequently Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral. Regent has released three CDs dedicated to his music: Hail, gladdening light (REGCD247); Flame Celestial (Regent REGCD320) – both with Wells Cathedral Choir under Matthew Owens; and Requiem (REGCD327) with St Mary’s School, Calne, Edward Whiting (Director) and Philip Dukes (viola). All have received great critical acclaim. His largest work to date, Welcome All Wonders – A Christmas Cantata, was commissioned by The Queen’s College, Oxford, and a recording released on Signum.



    Alma Redemptoris a8 — Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548–1611) 4:53
       
    Salve Regina — Herbert Howells (1892–1983)   5:00
       
    Regina caeli  a8 — Victoria  4:15   
       
    Salve Regina — Pierre Villette (1926–98) 3:15
       
    Tota pulchra es, Maria  a6 — Francisco Guerrero (1528–99) 5:21
       
    Ave Regina caelorum a8 — Victoria 3:33
           
    Salve Regina — David Bednall (b.1979) 3:45
       
    Trahe me post te, Virgo Maria — Guerrero 3:57
       
    Hymne à la Vierge — Villette 4:47
       
    Ave maria, gratia plena  a8 — Victoria 3:46
       
    Three Latin Motets — John Pickard (b.1963) 8:40
    O nata lux* 2:19
    Te lucis ante terminum* 3:14
    Ubi caritas et amor 3:07
       
    Ave maris stella — Pickard 4:51

    Salve Regina  a8 — Victoria 8:27
            *First recording

    Total Playing time: 64:32

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