Mealor’s new choral cycle on rose poems, ‘Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal’ gets brilliant reviews from the Scottish press: –
‘…however, it was the world premiere of Paul Mealor’s Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal for unaccompanied choir that stole the show!… This sublime music opened up from soft unison into a spectrum of warm sonorities from growling basses to soaring sopranos. The choir beautifully evoked the intimacy of the work, executing some gorgeous effects along the way.’
Susan Nickalls, The Scotsman
‘Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal by Paul Mealor contrasted earthly and divine love. Surprising turns of harmony accomplished within a traditional tonal ambience gave this composer’s music a uniquely seductive freshness. His little elfin scherzo in the middle was a real stunner.’
Alan Cooper, The Herald
‘On Saturday I heard for the first time the combined voices of the University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir, the Edinburgh University Chamber Choir and the University of St Andrews Chapel Choir sing Paul Mealor’s Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal… The work sets four poems, all referring to roses. It is wonderful! It shows off the large choir beautifully; its dynamic range is enormous – from the quietest whisper to a full-throttle roar – and from the lowest register to the highest possible. And of course, being a work by Mealor, it is melodic, approachable and quite beautiful. It is obvious that the massed voices enjoy singing the work.
Edward Armitage, Chairman of JAM, Sound Festival Blog 2010