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Howard Skempton – The Cloths of Heaven

Choral Music and Songs

The Exon Singers

Matthew Owens conductor

Delphian Records  DCD34056 (2008)

“a wonderfully nuanced performance from the Exon Singers and Matthew Owens” – Gramophone, Critic’s Choice of the Year

“The Exons are at their most exciting in exalted mode – the Sanctus from the Missa Brevis is thrilling” – BBC Music Magazine

Best known as a composer of exquisitely quirky miniatures for accordion or piano solo, Howard Skempton has in recent years developed an equally strong affinity for the choral medium. The Exon Singers’ programme includes a new Missa brevis composed especially for this recording, alongside songs and shorter choral pieces constituting a broad survey of Skempton’s output over the past twenty-five years.

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Track listing

1. Upon my lap my sovereign sits
2. O Saviour of the World
3. Locus iste
4. The Song of Songs
5. O Life!
6. Nature’s fire for organ
7. Adam lay y-bounden Magnificat & Nunc dimittis (Edinburgh Service)
8. Magnificat
9. Nunc dimittis
10-13. Lamentations
14. Beati quorum via
15-18. Emerson Songs
19. He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
20. Ave Virgo sanctissima
21-25. Missa brevis
26. Ostende nobis Domine
27. Recessional for organ

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