The Edinburgh Mass is a much more extrovert piece, unusually so in Jackson's choral output. There is a huge variety of textures . . . the virtuoso passage for trebles at Quoniam tu solus sanctus in the Gloria is particularly fun... There is a lightness of touch even when the mood is at its most forthright... This is not easy music to perform, but Jackson's varied and intelligent response to the text will reward the work of a committed choir.
Recommended. * Huw Morgan, Church Music Quarterly, September 2007 * Gabriel Jackson's Edinburgh Mass employs a collage of inflected plainsong over drones, Durufle-inspired expressive close harmony, sprung 3/4, 3/8 and 2/4 rhythms, and even Goreckian eight-part choral sonorities. Generally the contrasts work effectively to blend the contemporary and archaic, and the piece will be a rewarding sing for a competent and confident choir . . . However, where there is complexity, it is not there for its own sake but in order to
heighten the intensity and impact of the moment. Thoroughly recommended. * Tom Wiggall, Music Teacher July 07 * This (unaccompanied) mass is one of his most striking compositions to date . . . all is integrated into a personal and increasingly purposeful idiom, typically contemplative but characteristically warm, radiant, even ecstatic. Edinburgh Mass is a dramatic and virtuoso piece, not least to perform, written in a language which most choirs and (one hopes) their audiences will find rewarding and effective, whether in a concert or in the liturgy. * Matthew Greenall, The Singer, August 07 *show more