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Drop Down, Ye Heavens

By Patrick Allies

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By Patrick Allies, Sam Corkin, and Siglo de Oro. By Antoine de Mornable, Bonnie Miksch, Francis Pott, Gareth Wilson, Matthew Kaner, Ralph Allwood, Richard Allain, Samuel Rathbone, Stuart Turnbull, Michael Praetorius (1571-1621), Josquin des Prez (1440-1521), Pierre Certon (1510-1572), Judith Weir (1954-), and Will Todd. Country of Origin: United Kingdom. Classical. CD (1 disc). Published by Naxos (NX.DCD34184).

Item Number: NX.DCD34184

Sigio de Oro's first commercial recording sees the choir and its director Patrick Allies in collaboration with saxophonist Sam Corkin. Their intriguing program highlights the saxophone's natural kinship with the human voice, as well as the endless expressive possibilities which this versatile instrument stimulates in the imaginations of modern composers. The instrument's athletic vigor launches Will Todd's "O Wiom," the first of eight settings of the Advent antiphons in English which, having been commissioned by the present artists, now form the backbone of this recording. Elsewhere the instrument soars above the voices' urgent prophecy and imploration, while the choir is heard unaccompanied in glowing renditions of sixteenth-century polyphony. Included on this recording are works by Pierre Certon, Antoine de Mornable, Michael Praetorius, and Josquin des Prez, whose music complements the atmosphere of quiet expectancy proper to Advent.

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