Bernard Rose: Music for Choir & Organ

Performers: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Ene Salumäe – organ Gregory Rose – conductor

Label: Toccata Classics

Release date: August 2016


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 Gregory Rose, makes a good number of his works available for the first time.

“Every piece is unfailingly well wrought … highly recommended.”

James A. Altena, Fanfare Magazine, Jan/Feb 2015
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