Title - 'Requiem For My Mother'
Artist - Rebecca Dale
For those not in the know, Requiem For My Mother is Rebecca Dale’s debut album.
She is the first female composer to sign to Decca Classics, and her debut album featuring two major works: her brand new Materna Requiem and her choral symphony When Music Sounds.
At the heart of Rebecca’s first recording is her Materna Requiem – a beautifully moving and uplifting tribute to her late mother, who died in 2010.
1-10 Materna Requiem (45:19)
11-16 When Music Sounds (27:37)
Rebecca Dale says of the album: “It’s an amazing feeling to be releasing my first album and sharing my music with everyone. The Requiem is a very personal piece to me, and it uses melodies I wrote when I was a child so you could say I’ve been working on it for most of my life!"
"When I first wrote the Requiem I didn’t even realize it would receive a performance so it’s a hugely exciting moment to hear it on record, and I hope the piece connects with people.”
This hauntingly stunning album opens with the heartfelt depth of 'Introit' and moves seamlessly onward with pieces such as the haunting 'Kyrie,' the delightful 'Pie Jesu' and both the longest track, the choral 'Lacrimosa' and spellbinding 'Agnus Dei'.
Works that follow, such as the gently sweeping 'Paradisum Interlude,' the stunning 'Ava Maria,' the jaunty 'Dies Irae & Requiem Variations,' the quietness of 'Libera Me,' and the choral 'In Paradisum: If I Should Go' ensure that the first set of works are majestically beholden.
For the second works, When Music Sounds, we begin with the breezy 'Prelude: To The Wild' and move effortlessly into 'Song's Flight,' the glorious 'Out Of The Water,' and then the feisty 'Strange Dreams.'
Rounding out with the beautiful 'I'll Sing' (which comes across as a sweeping 1920's ballroom scene from any movie ever made of that romantic genre, the album then comes to a close with the more grounded power of 'The Earth I Know.
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