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'…”
20th December 2009
“This collection is the perfect stocking-filler for those weary of traditional repertoire.”
11th December 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.”
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