Bernard Rose: Music for Choir and Organ

As conductor, trainer and composer, Bernard Rose (1916–96) was one of the mainstays of English choral music in the second half of the twentieth century. His compositions occupy an honourable place within the mainstream of the cathedral tradition, being both grounded in the past and leaning gently into the future, and speaking its language of stylistic restraint and understated passion – and occasionally flaring into moment of considerable drama. This recording, sung by one of Europe’s leading vocal ensembles and conducted by the composer’s son, makes a good number of his works available for the first time.

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Ene Salumäe, organ
Gregory Rose, conductor

Annike Lohmus, soprano
Karolina Kriis, soprano
Marianne Parna, contralto
Raul Mikson, tenor
Rainer Vilu, baritone


Catalogue No: TOCC0307
EAN/UPC: 5060113443076
Release Date: 01.08.2016
Composer: Bernard Rose
Artists: Ene Salumäe, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Gregory Rose

Listen To This Recording:

  1. Feast Song for Saint Cecilia (1975)
  2. Three Addison Anthems (1978)

  3. No. 1 When all thy mercies
  4. No. 2 The Lord my pasture shall prepare
  5. No. 3 The Spacious Firmament on High
  6. Evening Canticles in C minor (1968)

  7. I Magnificat
  8. II Nunc Dimittis
  9. Evening Canticles: The Chichester Service (1994)*

  10. I Magnificat
  11. II Nunc Dimittis
  12. Chimes (1974)
  13. Upon Westminster Bridge (1990)*
  14. If I could tell you (1993)*
  15. Slow, slow, fresh fount (1939)*
  16. Lines for the Magdalen Choir (1981)*
  17. Two Carols

  18. A Christmas Carol: The Christ Child (1984)*
  19. Our Blessed Lady’s Lullaby (1968)*
  20. Behold, I Make All Things New (1997)*
  21. The Lord’s Prayer (1957)
  22. Lilia agricolae (1980)*
  23. Lord, I have loved (1957)
  24. O God, who didst give the law to Moses (1987)*
  25. Praise ye the Lord (1949)

*First Recordings

1 review for Bernard Rose: Music for Choir and Organ

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    ‘Bernard Rose (1916-1996) is one of the most prominent names in English religious music of the second half of the twentieth century. … His music was influenced by composers such as Gerald Finzi (1901-1956), Herbert Howells (1892-1983), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Edward Bairstow (1874-1946) and William Henry Harris (1883-1973). However, an identification with earliest compositional traditions in some of his choral compositions is also noteworthy, along with a repertoire that often assumes a dramatic character. The Bernard Rose album … is an excellent business card for this composer’s work, combining a cappella choral music, repertoire for choir and organ and also solo organ, in a total of 21 works composed between the years of 1939 and 1994. … The recording shows considerable quality, both from the point of view of sound and interpretation, and a significant number of works are recorded here for the first time.’ –Xpressing Music, December 2016

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