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Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Glory Tree

  • Type CD
  • Label Champs Hill
  • UPC 5060212590220
  • Catalog number CHRCD 021
  • Release date 01 June 2011
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About the album

"The Glory Tree had remarkable scoring, stratospheric singing and was performed with shamanic authority, her final scream reverberating through the cloisters."
- Keith Bruce, The Herald

Cheryl Frances-Hoad has a unique and special compositional voice, recently becoming the youngest composer to win two prizes in the same year at the British Composer Awards, in 2010.

Since winning the BBC Young Composer Competition in 1996, at the age of 15, Cheryl's works have garnered high praise and awards from all quarters. Over recent years, she has had numerous notable successes, with commissions including solo, chamber, orchestral and choral works, as well as opera.

The songs of the title work on this album - The Glory Tree - are arresting settings, in original Anglo-Saxon, from The Dream of the Rood and Judith, treated as the utterances of Shamanic ritual. Shamanism also provides the inspiration for the solo violin work The Snow Woman written for, and played here by, Natalia Lomeiko.

These works are typical of the fertile soil for musical invention which Cheryl Frances-Hoad finds in literary inspiration. Stories, poems or literary ideas have provided the spark for many works on this disc, performed by exceptionally talented musicians, including Nicholas Daniel (oboe), the Lendvai String Trio, the Kriesler Ensemble, Leonid Gorokhov (ʻcello), the London Mozart Trio, Ensemble na Mara, and others.

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    Memoria: I. Prelude
     
    08:59
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    Memoria: II. Fugue
     
    08:25
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    My Fleeting Angel: I. Larghetto
     
    01:57
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    My Fleeting Angel: II. Allegro spiritoso e scherzando
     
    04:18
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    My Fleeting Angel: III. Allegretto eleganza
     
    02:47
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    The Snow Woman: I. Allegro moderato
     
    01:59
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    The Snow Woman: II. Adagietto
     
    02:27
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    The Snow Woman: III. Allegro vivace
     
    02:38
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    The Ogre Lover: I. Allegro vivace e ritmico
     
    00:58
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    The Ogre Lover: II. Agitato
     
    00:41
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    The Ogre Lover: III. Scherzando e eleganza
     
    01:43
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    The Ogre Lover: IV. Adagietto
     
    01:27
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    The Ogre Lover: V. Andante
     
    01:09
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    The Ogre Lover: VI. Allegro vivace
     
    01:35
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    The Ogre Lover: VII. Coda (Andantino rubato)
     
    00:48
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    Invocation
     
    04:09
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    Bouleumata
     
    03:26
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    Melancholia: Theme (Largo trascinando)
     
    03:06
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    Melancholia: Variation I. Più mosso
     
    02:18
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    Melancholia: Variation II. Meno mosso
     
    03:01
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    Melancholia: Variation III. L'istesso tempo
     
    05:11
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    The Glory Tree: I. 'Behold! I shall tell the choicest of visions'
     
    03:51
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    The Glory Tree: II. 'Hail is the whitest of grains'
     
    01:00
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    The Glory Tree: III. 'I have often suffered on the weary seas'
     
    03:28
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    The Glory Tree: IV. 'The sun is always a source of hope'
     
    01:44
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    The Glory Tree: V. 'What have you done, bloodstained one?'
     
    03:51

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