BURDEN OF TRUTH | THE MAKING OF A LOCKDOWN ALBUM: The Recording

Behind-the-scenes: sixteen of the singers on the Burden of Truth album talk about recording at home, recording alone, and recording perfection...

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Gavin Bryars (1943–)Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet
Robert Wylkynson 
(fl.1500) / Antony Pitts (1969–): Transiens

Originally scheduled for our touring season for eight voices from The Song Company and collaborations with ensembles around the country, Burden of Truth comprises the world première recording of a brand-new 32-voice arrangement of Gavin Bryars’s iconic minimalist epic, Jesus’ blood never failed me yet, and Antony Pitts’s 25-voice reworking of the extraordinary and visionary 13-part canon in the Eton Choirbook, Jesus autem transiens. The Song Company has expanded the project to include 34 professional singers featuring all of our Principal, Associate, Ensemble, as well as Emeriti and Guest Artists, each taking part by recording individual parts remotely. The resulting album is destined to be one of the most exciting releases ever undertaken by The Song Company.

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Sopranos Amy Moore | Anna Fraser | Anna Sandström Bonnie de la Hunty | Carmel de Jager | Chloe Lankshear | Josie Ryan | Roberta Diamond | Susannah Lawergren
Altos Alexandria Siegers Hannah Fraser Janine Harris Jessica O’Donoghue Max Riebl | Oscar Smith | Pip Dracakis | Stephanie Dillon
Tenors Christopher Watson | Dan Walker | Elias Wilson Ethan Taylor | Koen van Stade | Owen Elsley Richard Butler | Robert Macfarlane
Basses Andrew O’Connor | David Hidden | Edward Elias Hayden Barrington | Lincoln Law | Lucien Fischer | Mark Donnelly | Nathan Lay Thomas Flint
with the University Of Western Australia Conservatorium Of Music, The Oriana Chorale, and The SongCo Chorale
Director Antony Pitts

stained glass detail from Creation Window by David Wright, photographed by permission of St James', King Street (and featuring in the Transiens film