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REFUGE FROM THE FLAMES

The Savonarola Legacy

 

REFUGE FROM THE FLAMES

The Savonarola Legacy

**** "ORA, conducted by Suzi Digby, has matched the celebrated Miserere by Allegri with a new setting of the same text, radiant but anguished, by James MacMillan. Byrd's heaven-sent Infelix Ego sits alongside a dense, soaring new version by Ericks Esenvalds. Performances by ORA, 18 singers strong, are first-rate." - Richard Fairman, The Financial Times

We begin and end this second ORA album with two contrasting settings of the Miserere mei (Psalm 50, Vulgate). Over the centuries this text has inspired reflections by many Christian writers, none more influential than those by Girolamo Savonarola, and we have devoted much of this album to his extraordinary legacy. Central to the recording is Savonarola’s meditation on the psalm, Infelix Ego, writtenshortly before his execution. We present it here in William Byrd’s justly famous setting, and in a newly commissioned masterpiece by the Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds.
Suzi Digby OBE

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