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Choral elements from Protestant, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and medieval traditions are included in this anthology of anthems and motets, many drawing inspiration from the Psalms. They range from sixteenth century Germany (Eccard), through the nineteenth-century Anglican tradition of Hanforth, Stainer and Stanford and the twentieth-century Catholicism of Poulenc, to contemporary England (Rose, Tavener, Harvey), Scotland (MacMillan), Australia (Halley) and the USA (Paulus). Previous recordings from the Choir of St John’s, Elora have been described as “a real joy” (Gramophone on 8557037, Faire is the Heaven), and “world-class… sensational” (ClassicsToday.com on 8554823, Psalms for the Soul).
This release, builds not only on centuries of ecclesiastical tradition: superb recordings under the directorship of Noel Edison have also become something of a fixture and highlight of our choral catalogue. This beautifully balanced new programme assumes instant pride of place amongst highly prized predecessors.
William Crotch: Psalm 47
Johannes Eccard: Maria wallt zum Heiligtum (When to the temple Mary went) (Sung in English)
Maria wallt zum Heiligtum (When to the temple Mary went) (Sung in English)
James MacMillan: A New Song
A New Song
Ivor Atkins: Psalm 2
John Tavener: The Lamb
Francis Poulenc: 4 Motets pour un temps de penitence, FP 97
4 Motets pour un temps de penitence, FP 97: No. 2. Vinea mea electa
Barry Rose: Psalm 121
Thomas William Hanforth: Psalm 145
Paul Halley: Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
4 Motets pour un temps de penitence, FP 97
4 Motets pour un temps de penitence, FP 97: No. 1. Timore et tremor
Ivor Atkins: Psalm 96
Charles Villiers Stanford: Te Deum Laudamus in B flat
Te Deum Laudamus in B flat
John Stainer: The Crucifixion
The Crucifixion: God so loved the world
Stephen Paulus: The Three Hermits
The Three Hermits: Pilgrims' Hymn
Ivor Atkins: Psalm 107, "O Give thanks unto the Lord"
Edward Cutler: Psalm 27
Jonathan Harvey: Remember, O Lord
Remember, O Lord
George Cooper: Psalm 19
19th February 2014
“The standard of performance is high throughout. The choir sings extremely well and where an organ accompaniment is required Michael Bloss offers excellent support. This is another enjoyable recital from the choir of St. John’s Elora where the tradition of church music is clearly being tended and nourished with dedication and skill.”
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