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Leighton: The World's Desire, etc / Matthew Owens, Wells Cathedral Choir, Wells Cathedral School Chapel Choir

Album Summary

>Leighton, Kenneth : Sequence for All Saints, Op. 75
>Leighton, Kenneth : Rockingham
>Leighton, Kenneth : O God, enfold me in the sun
>Leighton, Kenneth : Morning Canticles, for chorus
>Leighton, Kenneth : The World's Desire, for 4 voices, chorus & organ ("A Sequence for Epiphany"), Op. 91
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Kenneth Leighton's music stands at the heart of English cathedral repertoire and demonstrates the composer's happy absorption in this milieu from an early age. This latest disc from the Wells Cathedral includes some first recordings of his major works, and impeccable, lasting performances of classic numbers. The majestic 'Sequence for All Saints' is a marvelously consolatory work which is cast in a continuous span of five sections. The use of a congregational hymn at the end makes the music a seamless and integral part of worship. 'The World's Desire' is recorded here for the first time. This extensive work arose from a commission in which Leighton (1929-1988) was requested to write something that reflected facets of both the Western and Eastern liturgy relating to the Feast of the Epiphany.

'The more I hear of Wells Cathedral Choir the more impressed I am. Matthew Owens has certainly brought these choristers to the very peak of excellence; it ranks as probably the finest English cathedral choir at the moment ... The two large-scale works are delivered with great power and breadth, David Bednall's organ accompaniments as full of colour and pizzazz as one could want. It all adds up to stunning performances of outstanding music ... Leighton's memory is well served in this superb release' (Gramophone)

'Two things stand out in this new release featuring a selection of Kenneth Leighton's sacred choral music: the inclusion of three first-time recordings and the glorious, energetic performances of the Wells Cathedral Choir ... [The World's Desire] The return of Heber's hymn brings both the work and the disc to a close in such a spine-tinglingly awesome fashion that the listener is compelled to hit the 'play button' again almost immediately' (International Record Review)

'This CD takes its title from an Epiphany sequence, and includes fine music for organ and a set of morning canticles never before recorded. Wells Cathedral Choir is in cracking form' (Observer)

'The full-throated, passionate performances by the Wells singers for Hyperion are highly persuasive' (Classical Music magazine)

'The quintissential English cathedral ambience evoked by the choir, organ and acoustic of Wells is well captured by Hyperion and perfectly serves the unmistakable muscular language of Kenneth Leighton's music' (Choir and Organ Magazine)



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Works Details

>Leighton, Kenneth : Sequence for All Saints, Op. 75
  • Performers: David Bednall (Organ); Stephen Foulkesl; Jacob Cotton (Treble); Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (06/19/2007-06/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1978

>Leighton, Kenneth : Rockingham
  • Performer: David Bednall (Organ)
  • Notes: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (06/19/2007-06/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Leighton, Kenneth : O God, enfold me in the sun
  • Performer: David Bednall (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (06/19/2007-06/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Leighton, Kenneth : Morning Canticles, for chorus
  • Performer: David Bednall (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (06/19/2007-06/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Leighton, Kenneth : The World's Desire, for 4 voices, chorus & organ ("A Sequence for Epiphany"), Op. 91
  • Performers: Iain Milne (Tenor); David Bednall (Organ); Christopher Sheldrake (Bass); Simon Clulow; Léonie Maxwell
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (06/19/2007-06/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984