Celebrating his 50th birthday in 2012, Gabriel Jackson has had a long and close association with the choir of St Mary’s Cathedral. Under Duncan Ferguson’s dynamic direction, they bring a special authority, and all their characteristic verve and intensity, to a sequence of recording premieres that centres on the florid 'Hymn to St Margaret of Scotland', newly written for the choir.
Sumptuously recorded, this is a dazzling window into the luminous world of Gabriel Jackson.
The Glory Of The Lord
Fanfare For St Mary's
Hymn To St Margaret Of Scotland
Jesu, Rex Admirablilis
Ah, Mine Heart
Missa Sanctae Margaretae: Kyrie
Missa Sanctae Margaretae: Gloria
Missa Sanctae Margaretae: Sanctus & Benedictus
Missa Sanctae Margaretae: Agnus Dei
Let Us All Rejoice In The Lord
In All His Works
The Land Of Spices
Ecce Venio Cito
“You will have to go a long way to hear choral singing finer than this. Take such matters as tuning, blend and diction as read: they are superb. Instead, let us cut to the astonishingly communicative nature of the singing. This is unforgettable...Trebles lines don't just soar...they take wing with a kind of elated abandon...indeed, it seems clear to me that all the performers are inspired by, almost possessed by, this inspired music.”
“the choir rises to and surmounts every challenge. More than that, their performances have tremendous conviction and assurance. Duncan Ferguson has clearly trained his choir superbly. The organ playing of Nicholas Wearne is excellent throughout.”
20th August 2012
“a collection of 16 of [Jackson's] endlessly inventive and stimulating choral pieces, some the fruit of his happy association with the excellent choir of St Mary's, Edinburgh. The mix of boys and girls on the treble line...lends a spacious elegance to the sound and a pleasing variety of solo sonorities...Highly recommended.”
“It's the sheer fervour of the singing in Gabriel Jackson's The Glory of the Lord which gets you as it leaps, skids and (at the conclusion) yelps its paean of praise into the vibrant acoustic...The piece is bursting with the desire to worship, and the performance by the Cathedral's choir is scintillating...Filled to overflowing with verve and commitment.”
“Throughout it all runs an almost tiresomely festive mood, punctuated by jubilant choral shouts and sparkling organ passagework...since the arrival of Duncan Ferguson in 2007 [the choir] has turned into one of Scotland's (indeed one of Britain's) musical jewels...It's easy to get so wrapped up in the ravishing delights of Jackson's writing that you forget the astonishing quality of these performances...a disc of unrelenting impressiveness.”
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