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Ian Venables: Requiem - Alex Taylor (treble); Arthur Johnson (treble); Catherine Perfect (alto); Charles Lucas (treble); Jonathan Hope (organ);...
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  1. Requiem, for chorus & organ, Op. 48
  2. Dedication, for chorus & organ
  3. O Eternal God, for chorus, Op. 183
  4. God Mastering Me, for chorus & organ
  5. O Sing Aloud to God, for chorus & organ, Op. 19
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Ian Venables is known mostly as a composer of songs and chamber music; vocal and choral composers go together in the output of many composers, but not in his. His Requiem, Op. 48 (the use of the old opus numbers convention is a clue to Venables' traditionalist orientation), is a commissioned work. It took shape over several years, almost reluctantly at first, according to the composer, and this seems to show in the final result. The music goes through a wide variety of moods before ending with a warm, consoling, and ...