John Poole has given a wide repertoire of choral concerts throughout the world with many and varied organisations. Especially during his years as Director of the B.B.C Singers he was involved in an enormous output of music of all periods at the highest level. During these years he regularly conducted choral and orchestral concerts with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras in Britain and Europe. He is a committed advocate of new music and is regularly involved in commissioning new works. He has a special interest in working in courses and master classes with singers, conductors and composers.
Cry, for 28 solo voices and electronics, is an epic work that describes the creation myth, contrasting intricate rhythmic figures with huge arching phrases, and close dissonances with massive major chords.
"It is a work of a precise and subtle creative craftsmanship and often brilliant imagery." Daily Telegraph
"It is a Creation epic, a brilliantly conceived and executed 'vision' in vocal sound ... a remarkable achievement." Financial Times
"If Swayne accomplishes only one work like this every ten years he will be regarded as a composer apart from the rest." Guardian
"Giles Swayne caused a stir with this gigantic work... with the benefit of hindsight, it is easy to understand why... Excellent singing from the BBC Singers under John Poole." BBC Music Magazine 1994
Originally released in 1985 on BBC Artium
Engineers: Peter Sidhom, Neil Pemberton
Producers: Sylvia Cartner
Remastering: Tryggvi Tryggvason, Marian Freeman, Giles Swayne, Colin Matthews
Restoration engineer: Andrew Walter
Cover image: Francois Hall
(P) 1993 NMC Recordings Ltd