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A Sound Came From Heaven

Superbly recorded and produced by Wayne Laird of Atoll Records, this CD features material taken from live performances in Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland on the occasion of the choir's 2007 North Island tour, as well as recordings made in the warm acoustics of St Michael's Church, Remuera.

The disc title is coined from the opening track, Douglas K. Mews' beautiful anthem of the same name.

Atoll Records 2007 #acd407

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"This multi-ethnic Auckland choir of 35 has strong Polynesian numbers.  That’s a guarantee against bloodless singing and towards a full and rich tone with spontaneous emotional involvement.  The choir sounds assured in the deepest classical heavyweights such as the double canon writing in Brahms’ Geistliches Lied and their powerfully declamatory singing in Charles Stanford’s long and pro-active sacred work.  This and the rich choral sonority of David Hamilton’s Karanga are the two standout items.  They respond superbly to Hamilton’s imaginative changes of colouring and density.  Director Terence Maskell has shaped this into one of our most exciting smaller choirs."

Ian Dando, The Listener, Vol 213 No 3545, April 2008

"The indefatigable Laird has been travelling around this year, catching Terence Maskell’s Graduate Choir in various venues for its new album A Sound Came From Heaven.  The title offering, a short anthem by the late Douglas Mews, shows the refinement and strength of Maskell’s 35 singers as they take advantage of the spectacular spaces of Wellington’s St Paul’s Cathedral.  While New Zealand music is a strong point of the graduate programme, Maskell’s choir excels in everything from Victorian madrigals and skittish Schumann to gemutlich Gershwin."

William Dart, NZ Herald, 20 December 2007
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Track Listing & Previews

Terence Maskell, Conductor
with Elizabeth Salmon, organ
and Christina Bevan, piano

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1. A sound came from heaven  Mews  (NZ) Listen
2. For lo, I raise up  Stanford Listen
3. Kyrie  Mendelssohn Listen
4. Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe  Mendelssohn Listen
5. Heilig  Mendelssohn Listen
6. Abendlied  Mendelssohn Listen
7. Es ist verraten  Schumann Listen
8. Who shall have my lady fair?  de Pearsall Listen
9. Great God of love  de Pearsall Listen
10. Geistliches Lied  Brahms Listen
11. Lord, when the sense of thy sweet grace  J Ritchie  (NZ) Listen
12. Song of hope  A Ritchie  (NZ) Listen
13. Karanga  Hamilton  (NZ) Listen
14. Horizon I  Marshall  (NZ) Listen
15. To L.H.B.  Marshall  (NZ) Listen
16. Moemoe pepe  Marshall  (NZ) Listen
17. Minoi, minoi  Marshall  (NZ) Listen
18. Embraceable you  Gershwin Listen
19. I'm gonna sing  Thomas Listen

Producer: Wayne Laird
© 2007


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