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(though love be a day), selected choral works of Matthew Brown

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. (though love be a day)
  2. the night has a thousand eyes
  3. sweet was the song
  4. a red, red rose
  5. another lullaby for insomniacs
  6. she walks in beauty
  7. it may not always be so
  8. daybreak
  9. above: I there above
  10. above: II dandelion
  11. above: III you and i shall go
  12. sitivit anima mea
  13. o magnum mysterium
  14. o ecclesia
  15. table grace
  16. true colors, Kelly/Steinberg arr. Brown


Product Details

  • Performer: Joshua Copeland
  • Conductor: Joshua Copeland
  • Composer: Matthew Brown
  • Audio CD (September 15, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Acis Productions
  • ASIN: B00EI3XIVS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a CD I really wanted to like, after hearing a track on Minnesota Public Radio Classical and buying it. And to be fair, the singing is excellent, the acoustic generous and the material challenging.

There is no question that The Antioch Chamber Ensemble are a very fine choir indeed. The tone is clear, the intonation secure and the parts well-balanced. My reservations are in regard to the recording itself and to some extent the repertoire. The chapel where this was recorded has a spacious acoustic but, to my ears at least, the recording, although very clean and even, is a little too distant, and the diction often suffers. A choir this good - and they ARE unquestionably good - could, I think, have be miked a little closer for better clarity, while still providing the desired lush ambience. No doubt the balance was agreeable to the conductor and producer, but I am coming at this from an outside vantage point, and unlike them, not intimately familiar with the material. There are a few pieces with piano accompaniment- very well played, but here again the distant miking produces a rather washy sound.

As to Matthew Brown's music, it is lush and richly textured, with shifting harmonies, reminding me in places of that of Herbert Howells. Having been a choral singer for several decades I would guess the scores are not easy, and I was impressed that the recording was made over only two days. But doing an entire CD of one composer's music has its hazards; unless there is a broad spectrum of moods and tempos, it can be a bit "much of a muchness" if listened to all at once, and I feel this is the case here.
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Beautiful and thoughtful. If you like Lauridsen and aarvold Part, you'll appreciate this music, which seems informed by Tallis, Palestrina, Bach and other traditions, but nevertheless soars through new ideas. Fabulous performance by the Antioch choir and beautifully recorded.
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Awesome music, pretty lousy recording process, where everything is awash in the same bathtubby sound. Look forward to hearing more from this stellar ensemble and notable young composer!
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I love contemporary choral music, have a substantial collection, and listen to it all the time, but this collection just doesn't measure up for me. The singers, direction, and engineering are top-notch; however, in my view, this music has very little to offer. It just seems to drone on and on, with barely a discernible melody, dated and predictable harmonies, and far too much mechanical, mid/late 20th century dissonance for my taste. All but the first 2 or 3 tracks sound virtually identical to me. I love what has happened in this genre over the past 15 years or so. There's a virtual heyday of melody, substance, and ethereal beauty to be enjoyed nowadays. I find those attributes almost completely lacking here. There's so much dull, sour sameness in this release that I find it hard to even finish listening to the entire CD, and that almost never happens to me when modern/contemporary choral music is involved. (exception: Nordic Sounds I)

As much as I love modern choral music, I just can't recommend this disc. To me, this is just not in the same league as most other contemporary choral offerings currently available, which are many. For those of you looking for a real treat in fascinating, gorgeous, contemporary choral music, please seek out Kreek's Notebook on Hyperion. This 2013 release of choral music by Tonu Korvets and two other contemporary Baltic composers is absolutely sublime. For a recent American release, see The Heart's Reflection with music by Daniel Elder. And for those of you who may have missed Northern Lights with music of Ola Gjeilo, I highly recommend it. I'm fairly certain you'll find them a lot more satisfying than this endless feast of senseless monotony. Honestly, I cannot fathom what the other reviewers of this disc are hearing in this. But as the old saying goes: to each his own. On the other hand, save your time and money and look elsewhere for some real musical pleasure.
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This is a hauntingly beautiful album. Antioch is a wonderful chamber group and this is very special music by Matthew Brown. Not to be missed!
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