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Great Choral Anthems - works by Parry, Wood, Standord, Wesley, Howells, Bairstow, Ireland et al. / Choir of Sidney Sussex College

Album Summary

>Parry, Charles H. : I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Wood, Charles : Hail, gladdening light
>Gardiner, Henry Balfour : Evening Hymn
>Harris, William H. : Holy Is the True Light, for chorus
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Justorum Animae, motet for chorus, Op. 38/1
>Wesley, Samuel Sebastian : Blessed be the God and Father
>Howells, Herbert : Anthems (4) for Chorus
>Bainton, Edgar Leslie : And I Saw a New Heaven, anthem for chorus & organ
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Coelis Ascendit Hodie, motet for chorus, Op. 38/2
>Bairstow, Edward : Blessed city, heavenly Salem
>Wood, Charles : O Thou, the central orb
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Greater Love Hath No Man, motet for treble, baritone, chorus & organ
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Beati quorum via, motet for chorus, Op. 38/3
>Parry, Charles H. : Hear My Words, Ye People for chorus & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In quires and places where they sing here followeth the anthem.' These words from the Book of Common Prayer used in the Anglican Church since 1662 led to a huge amount of musical creativity over the succeeding centuries. The words occur in the order of service for Evensong, which is still a daily service in many cathedrals and churches throughout Great Britain. If the choir is singing the service there is nearly always an anthem relevant to the time of day or the period in the church's year. This album presents a selection of these works taken mainly from the Victorian and Edwardian periods, a time that saw a particular explosion in musical composition for the church.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Here are 14 anthems, mostly from the late Victorian and Edwardian periods, when there was "a particular explosion in musical composition for the church", as it says on the cover. The composers represented are Parry and Stanford (5 pieces - and one Parry piece lasts almost 15 minutes), Wood (2), Bairstow, Bainton, Gardiner, Harris, Wesley, Ireland, and Howells. These are the main figures in the period, and they are represented by some of their bestloved pieces.The choir is mixed, men and women, no boys. To me all of this music sounds better with adult voices of both genders. The recording is recent, and the sound is very good. The organ is not a big, breathing monster, and the acoustic is not church-like. The smaller, tighter organ is acceptable in this context; recordings of this music with a better organ are almost always with men and boys (at least from England; there are American recordings with mixed choirs). The English church music tradition is one of the greatest, along with the German and the Russian. A great deal of talent and skill went into this music, and it will probably always be sung in churches of the Anglican tradition ("Episcopal" in the USA).



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>Parry, Charles H. : I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Choir of Sidney Sussex College
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Wood, Charles : Hail, gladdening light
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Gardiner, Henry Balfour : Evening Hymn
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1910

>Harris, William H. : Holy Is the True Light, for chorus
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Justorum Animae, motet for chorus, Op. 38/1
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Wesley, Samuel Sebastian : Blessed be the God and Father
  • Performer: Joanna Markbreiter
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833/1884

>Howells, Herbert : Anthems (4) for Chorus
  • Performer: Laura Harrison (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Bainton, Edgar Leslie : And I Saw a New Heaven, anthem for chorus & organ
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1925

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Coelis Ascendit Hodie, motet for chorus, Op. 38/2
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Bairstow, Edward : Blessed city, heavenly Salem
  • Performer: Catherine Shaw
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Running Time: 8 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Wood, Charles : O Thou, the central orb
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1914-1915

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Greater Love Hath No Man, motet for treble, baritone, chorus & organ
  • Performers: Laurens Macklon; Catherine Shaw
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1912

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Beati quorum via, motet for chorus, Op. 38/3
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1890

>Parry, Charles H. : Hear My Words, Ye People for chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: George Parris; Catherine Shaw
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Running Time: 14 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic