“sung by [McCaldin] with real commitment and imagination” (Hilary Finch giving ★★★★ in BBC Music Magazine)
“This is a daring and striking disc, wonderfully enterprising in its repertoire and superb in execution” (Robert Hugill)
“Atmospheric, dramatic, evocative… a great showcase for both singer and composer” (Nick Boston)
McCaldin is superb with wonderful control and accuracy… (her) upper mezzo range is terrific… superbly accomplished singing (Classical Review)
The repertoire includes A Voice of One Delight, Madrigali dell’Estate, Farfalle di Neve and a new group of folksongs in the Italian dialiect of the Abruzzo region.
I sing the roles of Miss Tina, and an Italian servant. The other cast members are:
Harry Jordan: Owen Gilhooly
Mrs Prest: Pippa Goss
Juliana Bordereaux: Louise Winter
Christopher Wood writes: “When Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother died in 2002 there was an extraordinary show of emotion in Britain, with a real sense of national mourning. Thousands of people queued for hours to file past the coffin to pay their respects, with a mixture of sentiments that was hard to define. I wondered at the time that if the people filing past the coffin were a choir, what would they sing? More to the point, what music would I have sung to capture the emotions of that moment? So, I thought I would try to express, in music, that sentiment – which is how the idea was born for the composition of this Requiem.”
Available via Orchid Classics, ORC100068
Lydia Kakabadse’s The Phantom Listeners and other works are now available on the Naxos label.
Appearing on this recording with me are Kit Hesketh-Harvey (narrator), Emma Brain-Gabbott and Michael Bundy (vocals), and Christian Wilson (piano).