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Commotio is one of Oxfords foremost chamber choirs, formed in August 1999 to provide a refreshing alternative to the more readily available repertoire offered by most other choral groups, primarily performing lesser-known material of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Matthew Berry, the founder and conductor of the choir, enthusiastically promotes the work of a younger generation of composers, as well as bringing to the fore little-known works of more established writers. In December 2002 Commotio performed the world premiere of Pierre Villettes Inviolata, and in June 2007 Night for Choir and Cello by Richard Allain. They have also performed UK premieres of works by Jon Mostad, Peter Klatzow, and Frank Ferko.
In June 2005, the choir recorded a CD of works by Peter Klatzow entitled Towards the Light (Herald HAVP316), receiving extremely positive reviews from Musical Opinion, International Record Review and Gramophone among many others. The choir has also contributed to a portfolio CD of works by the young British composer Thomas Hyde, to be released on Toccata Classics in 2008.
Matthew Berry is the conductor and joint founder of the choir. He studied music at University College, Oxford, where he was Organ Scholar and then Assistant Organist. He has studied organ under David Sanger, David Goode and Ian Curror. After conducting The Oxford Chamber Choir for two years as a student, he founded Commotio in 1999. Having finished his degree, he studied postgraduate choral direction with Patrick Russill for two years at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
|1||19:48||Night – World premiere recording||Richard Allain|
|2||03:16||Motet for Passion Sunday||Frank Ferko|
|4||15:43||Stabat Mater||Knut Nystedt|
|5||07:42||Ubi Caritas – World premiere recording||Richard Allain|
|6||06:52||Futility – World premiere recording||John Duggan|
|7||00:52||Variations on a Theme from Vaughan Williams ‘Job’ – Index 1 – Theme||Elizabeth Maconchy|
|8||01:34||Variations on a Theme from Vaughan Williams ‘Job’ – Index 1 – Var I||Elizabeth Maconchy|
|9||00:49||Variations on a Theme from Vaughan Williams ‘Job’ – Index 1 – Var II||Elizabeth Maconchy|
|10||01:49||Variations on a Theme from Vaughan Williams ‘Job’ – Index 1 – Var III||Elizabeth Maconchy|
|12||01:45||Variations on a Theme from Vaughan Williams ‘Job’ – Index 1 – Var V||Elizabeth Maconchy|
|13||00:50||Variations on a Theme from Vaughan Williams ‘Job’ – Index 1 – Var VI||Elizabeth Maconchy|
|14||02:05||Variations on a Theme from Vaughan Williams ‘Job’ – Index 1 – Var VII||Elizabeth Maconchy|
|15||07:19||Lord, let at last Thine angels come – World premiere recording||Frank Ferko|