In Paradisum is Coro Allegro's second commercial CD with Navona Records. This recording features live performances of two commissioned works by acclaimed composer Patricia Van Ness: Requiem, a personal, intimate ritual of consolation reinforcing the presence of divine love; and The Voice of the Tenth Muse, a large, dramatic work based on the texts of Sappho.
You may purchase your copy at any of the following locations:
Listen to some excerpts:
- Sample tracks on YouTube
- Requiem: Pie Jesu and Agnus Dei
- The Voice of the Tenth Muse: Now She Stands Among Lydian Women
"The beauty of Patricia's music is in the atmosphere it creates; wherever we perform it around the World it is universally well-received - and as with all good music it breaks down the barriers of language and culture, communicating on a higher level."
-- Christopher Gabbitas, The King’s Singers
"What I love about [Patricia Van Ness's] music is that it
manages to be simultaneously passionate, sensual, and ethereal. It is
timeless. You can’t fight it or rush it. Rather, you need to give it
space and let it unfold, enveloping you in a lush soundscape of warmth,
anguish, and beauty. Even the solo a cappella chants in both works draw
you in and give comfort, no matter that one is spiritual and the other
erotic. In Patty’s world, there is very little difference between the
-- David Hodgkins, Coro Allegro Artistic Director
"Both compositions on this album, Requiem and The Voice of
the Tenth Muse, use elements from the medieval and Renaissance musical
eras, and attempt to produce the beauty I’ve described. Composing music
for these timeless texts gave me the opportunity to continue my ongoing
exploration into my concepts of the nature of the Divine, and
substantiated my belief that beauty and Divine Love are one. "
-- Patricia Van Ness, Composer