“Revoiced”

music for voices and saxophones

Our debut album, in collaboration with the Ferio Saxophone Quartet on Chandos Records.

released on 1st July 2022

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Contemporary works by leading living composers sit alongside a programme of Baroque and Renaissance vocal music uniquely reimagined for voices and saxophones.

Early music by J. S. Bach, J. M. Bach, H. Schütz, G. Gabrieli, A Gabrieli, O. de Lassus.
Contemporary works by Owain Park, Roderick Williams, Sarah Rimkus, James MacMillan.

‘Revoiced’ explores the magical blend of saxophones and voices, bringing new colours to music from the Baroque and Renaissance, recasting contemporary choral works into a fresh soundworld, and inspiring the creation of new music.

track listing

Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)

Ich weiss dass mein Erlöser lebt

Andrea Gabrieli (c.1532-1585)

O salutaris hostia

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Zion hört die Wächter singen

Owain Park (b. 1993)

Miserere after Allegri

Giovanni Gabrieli (c.1554-1612)

O magnum mysterium

Johann Michael Bach (1648-1694)

Herr, ich warte auf dein Heil

Johann Michael Bach (1648-1694)

Ich weiss dass mein Erlöser lebt

James MacMillan (b. 1959)

Christus vincit

Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)

Das Word ward Fleisch

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Weil du mein Gott und Vater bist

Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)

Selig sind die Toten

Roderick Williams (b. 1965)

Ave verum corpus re-imagined

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Nun ich weiss du wirst mir stillen

Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)

Was mein Gott will, das g’scheh allzeit

Orlande de Lassus (c.1532-1594)

Aurora lucis rutilat

Sarah Rimkus (b. 1990)

Mater Dei

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Jesus bleibet meine Freude

 

Supported by the Genesis Foundation’s Kickstart Fund

Four of the works on the disc are drawn from Heinrich Schütz’s Geistliche Chor-Music of 1648. In the preface to this collection, Schütz writes that “You can perform some of these pieces […] with an organ or instruments on the choral parts along with a full choir”. He was not, of course, thinking of saxophones, as these wouldn’t be invented for another 200 years, but ‘Revoiced’ gives a fascinating insight into how this music would have sounded on the instruments of the future.

Schütz intended his collection to be a demonstration of good composition without ‘basso continuo’, focussing on contrapuntal techniques as the foundation of compositional technique. It is these contrapuntal techniques that make the music of Schütz and his contemporaries so infinitely adaptable, and perfectly-suited to the treatment of ‘Revoiced’. New transcriptions and arrangements make use of the saxophone’s quasi-vocal timbre to blur the distinction between voices and instruments, creating an intense blend and heightened sense of unity in the ensemble, offering a fresh and exciting route into the Baroque and Renaissance vocal repertory.

Corvus and Ferio have also enjoyed working closely with leading living composers to present four contemporary works, each inspired in its own way by early music. Written specially for the disc and receiving its premiere recording, Owain Park’s Miserere after Allegri is a recomposition of Allegri’s iconic choral work, placing voices and saxophones in dialogue and translating the original music into a rich contemporary soundworld. Roderick Williams gives a similar treatment to a famous work by Byrd in his Ave verum corpus reimagined, here in a brand-new version for choir and saxophones. The disc also features Sarah Rimkus’s refashioning of her beautiful Marian ode Mater Dei, as well as a new arrangement of James MacMillan’s Christus vincit by the Consort’s director, Freddie Crowley.

Das Wort ward Fleisch   |   Heinrich Schütz

A video taken during our sessions recording Revoiced in November 2021 at St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb.

Filmed by Classical Films
David Hinitt // Tom Mungall // Mike Panayiotis
Sound by David Hinitt // Adrian Peacock

Executive Producer

Ralph Couzens

Recording Producer

Adrian Peacock

Sound Engineer

David Hinitt

 

Performers

Huw Wiggin

soprano (& tenor) saxophone

Ellie McMurray

alto saxophone

Anthony Brown

tenor (& soprano) saxophone

Shevaughan Beere

baritone saxophone

 

Ailsa Campbell, Rachel Haworth, Hannah Littleton, Danni O’Neill
Izzi Blain, Sophie Overin, Ella Rainbird-Earley
Jack Harberd, Alexander Hume, Matthew McKinney
George Cook, Thomas Lowen, Chris Murphy

Freddie Crowley

conductor

 

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