Notes & Reviews:
The pieces brought together on this CD range widely, from ceremonial works associated with affairs of state to intimate compositions addressing moments of great personal significance. The composers are similarly diverse. They include an English composer of Polish extraction (Panufnik), an Italian who spent most of his life in Paris (Rossini), an Irish and a German composer who, in their different ways, became leading lights in English music (Stanford and Mendelssohn). However, all the works recorded here have one thing in common: they are all considered quintessential to the Anglican choral tradition of yesterday and today.
Gramophone Magazine, October 2015
Anybody with deep affection for the more noble anthems of the Anglican tradition will need no excuse to grab a copy of this tasty selection, especially so when it features performances of such tasteful restraint... the unfolding of Holy is the true light is perhaps the most magical moment on a disc which offers, in truth, 75 minutes of utter aural sublimity.
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Wolfgang Rihm: Et Lux, for vocal ensemble and string quartet / Huelgas Ensemble; Minguet Quartett; Paul Van Nevel
Glass: String Quartet No. 5; Suite from Dracula; String Sextet / Carducci Quartet, Cian O'Duill, viola; Gemma Rosefield, cello
Raw Earth: New Music for Wind Band - Stephen Michael Grye: Concerto for Winds & Percussion (2011); Susan Botti: Terra Cruda (2011); Jess Turner: Rumpelstilzchen (2010)
The Romanic Cello Concerto, Vol. 7: Wilhelm Fitzenhagen (1848-1890): Cello Concertos nos 1 & 2; Tchaikovsky: 'Rococo' Variations (arr. Fitzenhagen) / Alban Gerhardt, cello
Janácek: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 / Takács Quartet
Arias for Benucci - Arias written for buffo bass-baritone Francesco Benucci by Paisiello, Salieri, Soler, Mozart, Sarti / Matthew Rose, baritone; Katherine Watson & Anna Devin, sopranos
Schubert: Impromptus, D935; Piano Pieces, D946; Hüttenbrenner Variations, D576 / Steven Osborne, piano
Choral Music by Rene Clausen & Stephen Paulus 'Calm: On the Listening Ear of Night' / Choir of Royal Holloway, Rupert Gough
The Shepherd on the Rock - chamber works with clarinet by Brahms, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann & R. Strauss / Julian Bliss, clarinet; Ailish Tynan, soprano; Christopher Glynn, piano