Ever since its premiere in 1994, Thomas Adès’ first string quartet, Arcadiana has been captivating audiences with its evocations of vanishing, vanished, and imaginary idylls. Of all the work’s movements it is O Albion that has most captured the imagination of listeners: seventeen sighing, devotissimo bars that, in only three minutes, conjure a whole emotional world.
This arrangement for SSAATTBB voices was created by Jim Clements for vocal group Voces8, who recorded it for Decca in 2018. It sets a line from William Blake’s Visions of the Daughters of Albion: ‘The Daughters of Albion hear her woes, and echo back her sighs.’
A piano part is included for rehearsal.