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My Spirit Sang All Day



Taking it's name from Finzi's "My Spirit Sang All Day" this album expemplifies why The Graduate Choir of New Zealand has earned a reputation for the performance of choral music at its best, for programming which is accessible and universal in appeal, for the musical integrity it brings to this repertoire and for the warmth and breadth of it's sound. The Graduates have always amazed with the diversity of their music, and the delicate sighs of Debussy's "Dieu! Quil la fait bon regarder" are worlds away from the infectious jollity of two Samoan folk songs arranged by Christopher Marshall. Conductor Terence Maskell is a magician. He knows how to focus his singers on a single line, catching just the right light, shade and nuance. This varied programme ranges from sacred music of the 19th and 20th centuries through to art songs, folk-songs, spirituals and jazz; the choir sings in no fewer than six languages, there is a mixture of unaccompanied and accompanied music. The album contains the works of a range of artists including Gerald Finzi, Felix Mendelssohn and Christopher Marshall.

My Spirit Sang All Day


"Terence Maskell’s warm-toned choir lopes along with easy spontaneity across an eclectic range of classic, middlebrow, folk, soul and jazz. The tenor section’s unforced top Gs and A flats in “Sally Gardens” and its supple fluency in Mendelssohn’s Abendlied would be the envy of nearly all Kiwi choirs. Spacious chording in Bruckner’s “Locus iste” and rich blend in the eight-part Pearsall “Lay a Garland” shows vigilant technical control for the intricate classics. They bounce into Finzi’s “My spirit sang all day” with winning gusto." Ian Dando, The Listener

"For Kiwi choral, try The Graduate Choir's "My Spirit Sang All Day" (Atoll 105) and be rewarded with inspired Debussy and inspirational Bruckner, not to mention rousing gospel." William Dart, NZ Herald

"The four-year-old ensemble has melded itself into a collection of voices that demands attention both for the high standard of musicality and the repertoire: an intelligent and thoughtfully selected anthology of music ranging from contemporary New Zealand work to Bruckner and Samoan songs. It's all huge fun as the choir gives all in the pursuit of excellence. On the basis of this first recording, it achieves its goal." Christopher Moore, The Press