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Spiritually at home in the liturgy and fine choirs of High Church Anglicanism, John Ireland wrote much loved hymns and carols throughout his life. A fluent Edwardian style can be heard in earlier works such as the Stanford-influenced Te Deum and the Communion Service. The anthem Greater love hath no man took on affecting resonance when sung during memorial services during the First World War, and the ravishing Ex ore innocentium movingly responds to the agony of the Crucifixion in a rich, post-romantic musical language.
John Ireland: Te Deum in F major
Te Deum in F major
John Ireland: Benedictus in F major
Benedictus in F major
John Ireland: Communion Service in C major
Benedictus qui venit
Gloria in excelsis
John Ireland: My song is love unknown
My song is love unknown
John Ireland: Elegiac Romance
John Ireland: Evening Service in C major
John Ireland: Christ the Lord is risen today, "Sampford"
Christ the Lord is risen today, "Sampford"
John Ireland: Adam lay ybounden
Adam lay ybounden
John Ireland: New Prince, New Pomp
New Prince, New Pomp
John Ireland: 4 Preludes: No. 3. The Holy Boy (version for chorus)
4 Preludes: No. 3. The Holy Boy (version for chorus)
John Ireland: A New Year Carol
A New Year Carol
John Ireland: Greater love hath no man
Greater love hath no man
John Ireland: Eastergate
John Ireland: Ex ore innocentium
Ex ore innocentium
John Ireland: Island Praise
John Ireland: Evening Service in F major
“excellent performances, with impeccable blend and ensemble. The balance between the lower and upper voices is ideal, and the overall sound is crowned by bright-toned trebles. There are some accomplished solo choristers and it's refreshing to hear the choir's gentlemen singing without the operatic tone heard in other cathedral choirs.”
“Here's an excellent idea: a whole CD of John Ireland's church music, which tends to be scattered piecemeal in anthologies. The impression it makes is very positive...the tutti singing is convincingly uninhibited.”
3rd October 2013
“Throughout this programme the Lincoln Cathedral choir is on top form and I enjoyed their singing very much...The music is rewarding and enjoyable and it’s been splendidly served by the musicians of Lincoln Cathedral.”
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