In 55 bars the compression and economy of Cecilia McDwall's Ave Regina are impressive, but so too is the sense of spaciousness. The structure is underwritten by recurring appoggiaturas - bitter-sweets - supplying also a particularly characteristic flavour. being slightly polytonal, tuning would have to be very accurate, but it would be well worth the effort in this sumptuous music where expressive highlighting of key words gleams like episodes in a Chagall window.
Choir and Organ 2006
'Cecilia McDowall may not be a familiar name to everyone, but several of her quietly accomplished choral works have now appeared in print, including here a SATB Ave Regina and an SSA Ave Maria, both from 2004, each made with the same clarity of structure and judicious, expressive use of dissonance.'
Matthew Greenall, The Singer Oct 06