Grier: Lit by Holy Fire (Live) King's College Choir Cambridge & Stephen Cleobury
- Francis Grier (1955- ):
- 1Genesis I, 1-2 (Reading) 00:25
- 2Lit by Holy Fire: I. Introit (First dark) 02:41
- 3Jeremiah IV, 23-26 (Reading) 00:51
- 4Lit by Holy Fire: II. "My feet were almost gone" 03:46
- 5Job XXXVIII, 16-27 (Reading) 02:01
- 6Lit by Holy Fire: III. "He made darkness his secret place" 03:38
- 7Ezekiel XXXVII, 1-6 (Reading) 01:37
- 8Lit by Holy Fire: IV. "Thou requirest truth" 03:40
- 9Proverbs III, 13-23 (Reading) 01:50
- 10Matthew VII, 13-14 (Reading) 00:33
- 11Lit by Holy Fire: V. "Order my steps in thy word" 02:36
- 12Romans VIII, 32-39 (Reading) 01:49
- 13Lit by Holy Fire: VI. "Blessed are those" 04:05
- 14Revelations XXII, 1-5 (Reading) 01:21
- 15Lit by Holy Fire: VII. "For with thee is the well of life" 05:22
- 16Genesis XVIII, 1-8 (Reading) 02:01
- 17Lit by Holy Fire: VIII. "Thou hast set my feet in a large room" 02:45
- 18John XV, 4-11 (Reading) 01:54
- 19Lit by Holy Fire: IX. "I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever" 04:54
- 20Luke I, 26-38 (Reading) 02:52
- 21Lit by Holy Fire: X. Magnificat 07:10
- 22Lit by Holy Fire: XI. Magnificamus (Live)03:17
Info for Grier: Lit by Holy Fire (Live)
Stephen Cleobury and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge present a live world premiere recording of Francis Grier’s lit by holy fire.
A vespers service that is, in the composer’s words, ‘less traditional than most’, lit by holy fire is set for unaccompanied choir and takes seven poems by the British writer Elizabeth Cook as its base. The scoring and musical atmosphere follows the emotional sequence of Cook’s poems, leading from darkness to light, from music often of brooding intensity and simplicity towards more complex and more animated forms and tonal pictures.
The musical style overall is a nod to Rachmaninov’s soaring setting, and the full resources of the choir are utilised, from unison and homophony to complex contrapuntal configurations. Solo voices from all the different sections of the choir sing in contrast to the tutti; the dynamic range is extreme; and the tessitura in all parts covers both the lowest and highest points of those parts’ vocal ranges.
This is a live recording of the service in King’s College Chapel, which included the world premiere performance of lit by holy fire, interspersed with readings.
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
King’s College Chapel Readers
Stephen Cleobury, director
Recorded 15 June 2014 live in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge
Producer & Editor Benjamin Sheen
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