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Stravinsky: Choral Works - Mass; Cantata / Ruby Hughes, soprano; Nicholas Mulroy, tenor; Duncan Ferguson, Scottish Chamber Orchestra Soloists; Choir of St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh

Notes & Reviews:

Duncan Ferguson takes on his fifth composer-led recording project with the Choir of St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. This release is Ferguson's most ambitious project to-date. Although Stravinsky's Mass is one of the most popular works for choir, the St. Mary's Cathedral Choir rarely has an opportunity to perform it in it's full version with wind instruments accompanying. The chorus members were thrilled for the opportunity to perform and record this album. Stravinsky's contrapuntal twists and turns are relished by this intelliegnt and committed choir, and provide a stark contrast to the austere simplicity of Stravinsky's own short, sacred choruses.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2016
Edinburgh's mixed cathedral choir bring vernal freshness to the cantata.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2016
Beautifully sung and blessed with outstandingly vivid recorded sound. We are brought close to the performers in an attractively resonant space, the best of both worlds for religious or quasi-religious fare in which clarity matters as much as atmosphere.

Mail on Sunday, September 2016
The Choir of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, give a youthful spin on the monochrome Mass.

Sunday Times, 21st August 2016
This disc shows off a choir of distinction. Their fresh, youthful sound (there are girl as well as boy choristers) lends colour to the studious dourness of Stravinsky's deliberately monochrome Mass (1948) and Cantata (1952) on medieval English texts.

The Arts Desk, September 2016
The real pleasure is in the choral sound, the Edinburgh boys alternately euphonious and pungent... Essential listening, good sleeve art and handsomely recorded.


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