Choral Works of Ben Ponniah
Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge
directed by Sarah MacDonald
Continuing their pioneering series of discs devoted to new music by young British composers, the Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, under the direction of Sarah MacDonald, Introduce an exciting new and distinctive voice in the world of choral composition.
Ben Ponniah began composing in 2007 during a post-postgraduate gap year. At the core of his music is his own personal journey with faith, his love of the natural world, and his training as a singer and a jazz pianist.
He has a voice of great interest and attractiveness; his music combines the harmonic richness and colour of Poulenc and early Messiaen, with elements of Latin American and jazz to produce a heady mixture of sensual and exotic choral textures, but all with a natural flair for writing for voices. The text is paramount, and words are vividly painted. This is definitely a voice to watch!
Three Marian/Christmas Anthems
Ave Maria 3:27
A hymn to the mother of God 3:10
O magnum mysterium 3:17
Four Lenten Anthems
O sacrum convivium 4:39
Judas mercator pessimus 5:01
When David heard 3:26
Four Evening Anthems
Bring us, O Lord God 4:30
Lighten our darkness 1:39
O Lorde, the maker of al thinge 2:56
God be in my head 2:07
Requiem in Blue
Introit and Kyrie 3:01
Pie Jesu 2:20
Agnus Dei 4:05
Libera me 4:41
In paradisum 3:31
Some reviews of previous recordings from the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, directed by Sarah MacDonald:
‘...performed better than one can ever imagine.’
‘The music is as timeless, spacious, and rapturous as you would hope for. The performances by the choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge are sublime, and the recording captures them in all their glory’
‘Sensitive, precise and well-balanced’
‘Their vocalism is distinguishedby clarity of diction, immediacy, purity of tone, superb balance, blend, intonation, rhythmic precision, and subtle expression...’
The American Organist
‘If you are looking for something new with exuberant, youthful singing, then the Selwyn College CD is the one for you.'
Sydney Organ Journal