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Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988): 'Crucifixus' - sacred works for choir & organ / Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Jeremy Cole, organ

Album Summary

>Leighton, Kenneth : Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Magdalen Service)
>Leighton, Kenneth : God's Grandeur, for chorus
>Leighton, Kenneth : Give Me the Wings of Faith, for soloists, chorus & organ
>Leighton, Kenneth : Missa Brevis for chorus, Op 50
>Leighton, Kenneth : Missa de Gloria, Op. 82
>Leighton, Kenneth : What Love is This of Thine?, for chorus
>Leighton, Kenneth : Second Service for chorus & organ, Op 62
>Leighton, Kenneth : Crucifixus Pro Nobis for tenor, chorus & organ, Op. 38
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The choral music of Kenneth Leighton is beloved of cathedral and collegiate choirs across Britain. Immersion in the Anglican tradition dates back to the composer's earliest years as a boy chorister and combines with a unique adult musical language to create a world at once radical and traditional. And who better to perform it than the musicians of the next generation - Trinity College Choir Cambridge under their director Stephen Layton.

BBC Music Magazine, Awards Issue 2015
The writing [in Crucifixus] is at its finest when tenor Andrew Kennedy is singing: his contribution is altogether gripping, and unstintingly committed. There's wonderful quiet singing from the choir in the concluding 'Drop, drop slow tears'...The account of the Missa brevis is if anything even better...[Layton] elicits great subtleties of expression from his young singers.

Choir & Organ, May 2015
The Trinity Choir responds to the music's energetic, often muscly feel, and Stephen Layton's direction declines to prettify.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The performances are simply superb. The mixed choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, is easily one of the finest of its kind. Stephen Layton has ably continued and built on the work of Richard Marlow, who founded it in 1982. The unaccompanied works were recorded in the college chapel, but the works with organ, including the organ solo 'Ite, Missa Est', were recorded in Lincoln Cathedral. The organ there is far better suited to Leighton than the 1976 Metzler organ at Trinity. Some years ago I reviewed a very similar program of works by Leighton from the choir of St John's College, Cambridge, under the direction of Christopher Robinson (Naxos 555795; July/Aug 2004). Five of the works appear on both recordings, including the two Evening Services and Crucifixus pro Nobis. Listeners who prefer the traditional men-and boys sound may favor the earlier recording for that reason. Admirers of Leighton's sacred works may wish to have both recordings.



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Works Details

>Leighton, Kenneth : Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Magdalen Service)
  • Performer: Jeremy Cole (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Trinity College Cambridge Choir
  • Notes: Lincoln Cathedral (07/08/2013-07/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Leighton, Kenneth : God's Grandeur, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Trinity College Chapel (07/04/2013-07/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Leighton, Kenneth : Give Me the Wings of Faith, for soloists, chorus & organ
  • Performer: Eleanor Kornas (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Lincoln Cathedral (07/08/2013-07/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Leighton, Kenneth : Missa Brevis for chorus, Op 50
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Trinity College Chapel (07/04/2013-07/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Leighton, Kenneth : Missa de Gloria, Op. 82 :: Ite, missa est
  • Performer: Jeremy Cole (Organ)
  • Notes: Lincoln Cathedral (07/08/2013-07/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1980

>Leighton, Kenneth : What Love is This of Thine?, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Trinity College Chapel (07/04/2013-07/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1986

>Leighton, Kenneth : Second Service for chorus & organ, Op 62
  • Performer: Jeremy Cole (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Lincoln Cathedral (07/08/2013-07/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Leighton, Kenneth : Crucifixus Pro Nobis for tenor, chorus & organ, Op. 38
  • Performers: Jeremy Cole (Organ); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Lincoln Cathedral (07/08/2013-07/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern