Songs of the Coromandel Coast - CC5001

CD coverSongs of the
Coromandel Coast
Tsunami Requiem

English Philharmonia & Chorus
English Brass
Choir of Eltham College
James Gilchrist tenor
Graham Wili conductor

This CD is a live recording of the hugely successful concert performed at London's Royal Festival Hall in May 2008, featuring the world premiere of a choral work aboutthe Asian tsunami of 2004, by British composer Chris Williams. This powerful and moving new piece, Songs of the
Coromandel Coast, greeted by a standing ovation, is a sequel to Williams' Tsunami Requiem, also featured here, along with his new brass quintet Malabar. Tsunami Requiem retells the events on Boxing Day 2004 intertwined with text from the requiem mass. Songs of the Coromandel Coast shows life three years on, using four contrasting sea shanties making this work powerful, moving and accessible. Malabar provides a refreshing interlude from these
two choral masterpieces.

  • Three highly original, accessible new works by the brilliantly versatile British composer Chris Williams
  • James Gilchrist on glorious form, 'now unsurpassed among lyric tenors
    in sweetness and technical security', according to the Independent
  • The internationally renowned Choir of Eltham College singing with
    clarity and poer
  • English Philharmonia and the Chorus in stunning form under their
    principal conductor Graham Wili
  • Sparkling support from English Brass, accompanying Tsunami Requiem
    and performing Malabar with supreme mastery