|Orlando Gibbons||Drop, Drop, Slow Tears|
|Henry Walford Davies||I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills The Triumphs of Oriana (1601)|
|Jonathan Dove||The Passing of the Year|
|Claudio Monteverdi||Book VI: Lagrime D’Amante al Sepolcro Dell’Amata|
|Jean Sibelius||Be Still My Soul (Finlandia)|
|Stephen Paulus||The Road Home|
‘The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning.’ Gramophone Magazine
The Passing of the Year sees acclaimed vocal ensemble VOCES8 presenting music rooted in nature – from extravagant Elizabethan idylls, styled for their queen ‘Oriana’, to a set of Monteverdi madrigals in which an Arcadian shepherd pines for a nymph.
The programme title comes from Jonathan Dove’s superb song cycle which evokes the beauty and mystic power of the changing seasons and describes the triumph of nature’s perpetual cycle. The composer himself will accompany VOCES8 on the piano.
Also included are folksong arrangements describing the beauty of the landscape.