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Rebecca Dale
1985 -
United Kingdom, England
R. Dale
Rebecca Dale (1985), a young British composer, born in London, the first female composer to sign to Decca Classics, will release her debut album ‘Requiem For My Mother’ on 31st August 2018 – 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. The work draws from both the traditional text of the Catholic Mass and contemporary poetry and is a homage to parents everywhere. It features the voices of soprano Louise Alder, tenor Trystan Griffiths and young choristers Hannah Dienes-Williams and Edward Hyde (BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year 2016) alongside the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The work will receive its world premiere performance at The North Wales International Music Festival in St Asaph Cathedral on 22nd September. 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 realise 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.” The first track from Rebecca’s new album, ‘Pie Jesu’, is out now and expresses a parent’s love for their son or daughter – so instead of using a child’s voice as is tradition for this movement, it’s represented as a father singing to his newborn. The process of writing the Materna Requiem has been somewhat cathartic for Rebecca – she describes the musical tribute to her mother as “a way for me to build a bridge back to her”. Rebecca is keen to help others who have suffered the loss of a parent and is a supporter of Winston’s Wish – the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity. Donation buckets will be available at the premiere performance of the work, plus Rebecca will be taking part in ‘TrekFest’ for the charity. Rebecca’s work first came to public attention when BBC Radio 3 premiered her choral symphony ‘When Music Sounds’ in 2014 and the track, ‘I’ll Sing’, went to No.1 on the Classical iTunes chart. It seems fitting that the whole piece is recorded on her debut album. Performed by the Cantus Ensemble – one of London’s leading chamber choirs – this inspiring orchestral work is a glorious counterpart to the Requiem and concludes the album in stunning style.
Materna Requiem (Requiem For My Mother)
Period:21st century
Composed in:2018
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Latin mass
In memory of:the composer's mother
Label(s):Decca 483 4076
Materna Requiem (Requiem For My Mother)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Kantos Chamber Choir, Clark Rundell, Hannah Dienes-Williams (soprano), Louise Alder (soprano), Dave Hinitt (organ), Trystan (tenor), Jonathan Aasgaard (cello), Thelma Handy (violin), Edward Hyde (treble), Trystan Griffiths (tenor). Recorded: 2018-01-26, Recording Venue: The Friary, Liverpool
This requiem contains:
1. Introit (4:10)
2. Kyrie (4:02)
3. Pie Jesu (3:54)
4. Lacrimosa (8:52)
5. Agnus Dei (2:22)
6. Paradisum Interlude (2:37)
7. Ave Maria (4:33)
8. Dies Irae & Requiem Variations (8:17)
9. Libera Me (3:47)
10. In Paradisum: If I Should Go (2:41)