Voces Cantabiles

Ronald Corp: Forever Child and Other Choral Music

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The choral music of Ronald Corp lies solidly in the tradition of contemporary Anglican church music. What distinguishes his work from that of the many British composers who write in this unabashedly conservative idiom is the naturalness of his text setting and his ability to use very simple gestures to create powerfully dramatic music. His setting of the Elizabethan lyric "My prime of youth is but a frost of cares" begins in unison, and when the voices finally bloom into harmony, the effect is overwhelmingly moving. He is especially adept at choral canons that recall Britten, especially in When daffodils begin to peer and Weep you no more sad fountains. His Missa San Marco breathes fresh lyric life into the texts, and should be of interest to churches with capable choirs. The composer leads Voces Cantabiles in sweet and vibrant performances. Epoch's sound is warm, with just enough resonance.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Forever Child, for chorus
1 Voces Cantabiles 01:19 Amazon
2 Voces Cantabiles 01:58 Amazon
3 Voces Cantabiles 02:44 Amazon
4 Voces Cantabiles 01:27 Amazon
5 Voces Cantabiles 01:46 Amazon
6 Voces Cantabiles 00:58 Amazon
7 Voces Cantabiles 02:29 Amazon
8 Voces Cantabiles 01:59 Amazon
9 Voces Cantabiles 04:06 Amazon
10 Voces Cantabiles 03:21 Amazon
11 Voces Cantabiles 12:54 Amazon
12 Voces Cantabiles 02:29 Amazon
Heraclitus, part song for chorus
13 Voces Cantabiles 02:15 Amazon
I Strove with None, part song for chorus
14 Voces Cantabiles 01:11 Amazon
Four Elizabethan Lyrics, for chorus & piano
15 Voces Cantabiles 01:57 Amazon
16 Voces Cantabiles 02:01 Amazon
17 Voces Cantabiles 03:55 Amazon
18 Voces Cantabiles 01:36 Amazon
19 Voces Cantabiles 01:36 Amazon
20 Voces Cantabiles 03:02 Amazon
Missa San Marco, for chorus
21 Voces Cantabiles 02:05 Amazon
22 Voces Cantabiles 03:12 Amazon
23 Voces Cantabiles 02:33 Amazon
24 Voces Cantabiles 03:29 Amazon
25 Voces Cantabiles 01:55 Amazon
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