JEAN BELMONT FORD (b.1939): Electa, JAVIER BUSTO (b.1949): 2 Marian Pieces, STEPHEN PAULUS (b.1949): Splendid Jewel, CECILIA MCDOWALL (b.1951): 3 Latin Motets, HEALEY WILLAN (1880-1968): 3 Liturgical Motets, HERBERT HOWELLS (1892-1983): A Spotless Rose, BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976): A Hymn to the Virgin.
Catalogue Number: 10K077
Description: Collectors of modern sacred choral music might especially like to make the acquaintance of Belmont Ford's 21-minute setting, imaginatively accompanied by bass drum and single timpanum, of a variety of Marian texts (this whole collection is of music devoted to Mary) with a wide emotional range, from the rapt adoration of Ave, dulcissima Maria to the almost pagan-sounding celebration of the concluding Magnificat. Busto's short works, likewise first recordings, are, in turn, simple and serene, and harmonically striking with employment of subtle but striking dissonances. Texts included. Phoenix Chorale; Charles Bruffy. SACD hybrid.