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Treasures of Christ Church / Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

Notes & Reviews:

A beautiful and accessible album that will appeal to the millions of people who were inspired by BBC America's The Choir! Treasures of Christ Church is a special, newly recorded collection spanning 500 years of English choral music, performed from original manuscripts, that uncovers the unique history of music at Christ Church, Oxford. All of the composers on Treasures had an association with Christ Church (whose hallowed halls were famously seen in the Harry Potter films), stretching back to the tenure of John Taverner; through Tallis, Handel, Purcell, and Byrd; to present-day world premiere recordings of works by John Rutter and Howard Goodall. The packaging features striking visuals, with photographs of original manuscripts on pristinely preserved parchment and leather-bound, gold-embossed scores. The promotional video will take viewers through the unrivalled archives and include interviews with Stephen Darlington as well as the composers.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Gregory Suter, Robert Opoku (tenor); James Trickey, Nicholas Ashby, Tom Bennett, William Robinson (bass voice); Clive Driskill-Smith (organ).

Recording information: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (03/21/2011-03/23/2011).


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