Several of Rebecca's compositions are available either as single track purchases or as part of an entire release. Most are also available on iTunes.
Shine Out, Fair Sun (track 15)
Released in 1998 on Rota, this disc of contemporary and early music for Christmas includes Shine Out, Fair Sun, commissioned by Cappella Nova and frequently incorporated into their Christmas programmes.
The text, thought to be by George Chapman (c.1559-1634), from The Masque of the Twelve Months, has some rather surreal imagery, allowing for a vivid and bold musical setting of the poem. With somewhat pagan overtones, the coming of Christ is alluded to as the glorious sun, breaking through the icy, harsh winter.
The Peoples Mass - The Dunedin Consort (DCD34018)
Prayer and Agnus Dei (tracks 17 and 18)
In 2004, the Dunedin Consort commissioned six composers to collaborate on settings of the Ordinary of the Mass. Each of the six sections of The People's Mass: Plainchant for the Feast of All Saints Day consists of three elements: a traditional chant melody for the Proper, followed by an unaccompanied six-part Latin setting of the Mass movement and a solo setting in English of a thematically related poem, accompanied by harp.
Rebecca was delighted to be specifically asked to compose the final two movements of the mass.
Prayer is a baritone solo with harp accompaniment whilst Agnus Dei closes the work with all six singers (SSATBarB).
Rowe's two tracks were warmly received when chosen by BBC Radio 3 Record Review to promote the cd on its release in 2006.
"Rebecca Rowe's recitative-like Prayer is both simple and passionate, and the soaring lines of her Agnus Dei emerge from a cloud of richly saturated harmonies."
Stephen Eddins, 'All Music Guide' - zavvi.co.uk online music store - 2008
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Carmina Celtica - Canty (CKD 378 Linn Records)
There Is Nothing Brighter Than The Sun - track 13
This was originally commissioned in 1994, when three-female voice ensemble Canty were still in their early incarnation, Celtic Knotwork. Premiered in Glasgow's Tramway Theatre as part of the Centre Cage Festival, it is the only one of their early commissioning experiments that remains in Canty's regular repertoire. There Is Nothing Brighter Than The Sun is a setting of a quotation from 12th century writer Al Ghazali. The great Muslim mystic, philosopher and theologian wrote here about the power of light. The spare and translucent use of three voices is intended to reflect the wonder and mystical qualities of such intoxicating light.
"Rebecca Rowe's exquisite setting of 'There is nothing brighter than the Sun' used the full range of the three voices in a song of silver purity and extreme delicacy…"
Michael Tumelty, Glasgow Herald 19/9/94