The Ave Maria, the second of the triptych, is sparer, a little faster, and slightly shorter. Writing for SSA only, McDowall makes a virtue of carefully placed repetitions. In the Ave Regina it is the appoggiaturas that recur; here it is a pair of laddering motifs, the one rising in close harmony quavers, the other cascading down in chains of suspensions. Once again, sensitivity to the words - their passion, their dignity, and their metrical quantities - is faultless.
Choir and Organ 2006