Mstation Classical Reviews
pre Dec 04 reviews are here
Mon, 27 Feb 2006
various, All the ends of the earth contemporary and medieval music Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge Geoffrey Webber LP, Signum Classics
The idea here is that some contemporary music is inspired by that of the medieval. This particular movement started off as a reaction to the sometimes bombastic Romantics and perhaps has as its real root, a search for more tranquility in a noisy world.
The composers range from Anonymous from c. 1000 to Judith Weir, James Weeks, Bayan Northcott, John Dunstaple, Gabriel Jackson, and a slew more Anonymous's from the 14th and 15th centuries.
It is nicely concieved and put together and very nicely performed by the Gonville and Caius (pronounced "keys") choir and somehow avoids the aura of new-age krankiness that sometimes goes with this sort of thing. (Baron K)