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.

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