The Eternal Ecstasy

April 25th, 2016

www.phillipcooke.comMy motet The Eternal Ecstasy (2013) will be released on a CD of the same title on Regent Records on 17 July. The recording is made by The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge (with whom I have a strong working relationship), conducted by Sarah MacDonald, and features works by the likes of Lauridsen, Whitacre, MacMillan, Mealor and Bednall. The motet was commissioned by the choir for this recording.

Reviews:

30/07/2015: It was nice to see this week that the new CD The Eternal Ecstasy (which features my motet of the same name) by the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge is Classic FM Album of the Week. The review on the website (which can be viewed here) calls the recording ‘timeless, spacious and rapturous’ and the performance ‘sublime’. The webpage also has a nice section about my work and features a YouTube video of the first performance.

11/08/2015: The recent CD by Selwyn College Choir The Eternal Ecstasy (including my work of the same name) has reached the lofty position of number 8 in the specialist music charts for the week beginning the 8 August. Huge congratulations to all involved.

09/11/2015: A nice review on musicweb-international.com who state: ‘I also liked very much Phillip Cooke’s The Eternal Ecstasy. Much of the writing is darkly intense, which befits the mysticism of the words. Part way through there’s an important alto solo during which the soloist is gently accompanied by soft, luminous writing for the sopranos.’

25/04/2016: Found some more reviews: allmusic.com states, ‘the album is uncannily well recorded, and if you like slow-moving acappella choral sacred music that builds in impact through the use of thrilling, precisely rendered dissonant intervals, this release will bring you a new take on the tradition.’ Crossrhythms.co.uk state: ‘The choir are in sparkling form and if you have yet to explore the ecstatic style this is an excellent introduction.’

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