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Judith Bingham: Organ Music
Tom Winpenny (Organ of St Albans Cathedral)
The Dmitri Ensemble, Graham Ross
Organ music holds a special affection for leading UK composer Judith Bingham, and the repertoire on this second Naxos recording reflects a cross-section of her themes and work both recently composed and newly arranged.
Experienced broadcast performer Tom Winpenny is joined by the acclaimed group, The Dmitri Ensemble, for the atmospheric concerto Jacob’s Ladder, while the rebuilt St Albans Cathedral Organ is an ideal instrument for works such as the improvisatory Annunciation I and radiantly charming Hope, recorded, as was all the music on this album, in the composer’s presence.
“Tom Winpenny opens an illuminating window on Bingham's richly-coloured, programmatically-driven engagement with the 'king of instruments'...Winpenny knows the St Albans instrument like the back of his hand, coaxing an array of voluptuous and apposite sounds. But he's also alert to the fluidity of her narratives, and, when called upon to do so, serves up virtuoso flair with incorrigible panache.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 ****
“The organ-writing may not be entirely idiomatic but the string scoring is highly accomplished, and there is a real sense of commitment behind Graham Ross's sharply focused direction...Tom Winpenny brings assurance with some adept handling of Bingham's complex organ-writing...his advocacy of this music will do much to consolidate Bingham's reputation as a distinctive and assured writer for the instrument.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011
“Bingham has injected new life into the repertory of an instrument that has been perhaps unjustly neglected by contemporary composers...The organ of St Albans Cathedral, newly restored, sounds splendid, and it has been realistically captured by Naxos.” International Record Review, September 2011
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Into This World, This Day Did Come
Carols Contemporary & Medieval
A significant Christmas release: Geoffrey Webber has put together a fantastic programme which Delphian had fun recording in the glorious acoustics of St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. Fresh from their 2009 Gramophone Editor's Choice,Webber's choir has put together an intriguing programme in which medieval works illuminate contemporary settings by some of the UK's finest living composers. From the plangent innocence of Sweeney's The Innumerable Christ to the shining antiphony of Burrell's Creator of the Stars of Night, this selection will seduce. Caius, as we've come to expect, combine polish with verve, Webber's meticulous attention to detail floodlit by the bathing acoustics of St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast.
“There are many highlights but Williams Sweeney's Scots dialect setting 'The Innumerable Christ' stands out for its daring other-worldliness, as do Stuart MacRae's bold re-imagining of 'Adam lay y-bounden'… and the lilting soprano duet 'Edi beo thu'…” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2009 ****
“Geoffrey Webber's approach to seasonal repertoire with the Gonville & Caius College Choir favours an austere, classical beauty to illuminate the connections between older medieval carols and new material...It's the modern pieces, by such as Howard Skempton, Judith Bingham and Diana Burrell, which shine.” The Independent, 11th December 2009 ****
“This collection is the perfect stocking-filler for those weary of traditional repertoire.” Sunday Times, 20th December 2009 ***
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