ASCENDIT DEUS
Music for Ascensiontide and Pentecost

Ascendit Deus: Music for Ascensiontide and Pentecost
Ascendit Deus: Music for Ascensiontide and Pentecost

PHILIPS Ascendit Deus
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS O clap your hands
GOWERS arr. GRAHAM ROSS Viri Galilaei*
BRETT DEAN Was it a voice?*
NICO MUHLY Let all the world in every corner sing*
FINZI God is gone up
STANFORD Caelos ascendit hodie
MARTIN Credo from ‘Messe’
GRAHAM ROSS Ascendo ad Patrem meum*
JUDITH WEIR Ascending into heaven
HARVEY Come, Holy Ghost
GRIEG Pinsesalme
ELGAR The Spirit of the Lord
GILES SWAYNE God is gone up*

* world premiere recordings

The Dmitri Ensemble
Anthony Brown | saxophone
Ben Michaels | ‘cello
Peter Harrison, Matthew Jorysz | organ
Graham Ross | conductor
Harmonia Mundi HMU907623

 

“The famous setting of ‘Ascendit Deus’ by Peter Philips spurts forward like a colt sprung freshly from a stable, the vocal decorations spinning vertiginously round like Monteverdi. It’s a bracing opening salvo…Amid the muscular Christianity there are welcome oases of reflection. Conductor Graham Ross’s ‘Ascendo ad Patrem’ meum is one of them.” 4 stars, BBC Music Magazine

“Peter Philips’s ‘Ascendit Deus’ is splendidly bright and vigorous…Nico Muhly’s ‘Let all the world’, quite unlike the RVW setting, is gentle, almost contemplative; Giles Swayne’s ‘God is gone up’ offers another surprise with its quiet ending. These and the well-known Elgar and Finzi pieces are all beautifully performed by this accomplished choir.” Gramophone Magazine

“This is another very fine and varied album from Clare College. The singing is consistently superb in every respect throughout a demanding programme.” MusicWeb International

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