On 18 March, The Bach Choir under their Musical Director David Hill released their latest CD Bach Inspired on Stone Records. Six newly commissioned choral pieces sit alongside six chorales from J. S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion. The album features Heloise Werner’s new composition Inner Phrases, a setting of a short prose poem from Les Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud.
Both Héloïse Werner’s piece and the performance of The Bach Choir under David Hill have already received favourable reviews:
“All six chorales are sung a cappella by The Bach Choir. Some chorale performances may be as good, but I suggest few are better. … [Werner’s Inner Phrases] was a real eye-opener of a piece.” Alan Cooper, British Music Society
“There is a certain compositional generosity about Werner's piece: its sophistication appears as part of an over-arching sense of joy.” Colin Clarke, Classical explorer