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Locus Iste celebrates two milestones for the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge: as well as 2019 marking the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the college chapel, this release is coincidentally the choir's 100th recording 60 years on from George Guests iconic first recording of Hear my prayer for Argo, released in 1959. Directed by Andrew Nethsingha, the programme makes great use of the chapel's renowned acoustic, and celebrates the choirs past, present and future including an anthem by a former director of music, a motet by one of their recent student composers and the cello-playing of a current undergraduate. The Choir of St Johns College, Cambridge is one of the finest collegiate choirs in the world known and loved by millions from its broadcasts, concert tours and recordings. Founded in the 1670s, the Choir is known for its rich, warm and distinctive sound, its expressive interpretations and its ability to sing in a variety of styles.
- Product Dimensions : 5.55 x 5 x 0.2 inches; 2.75 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Signum Uk
- Original Release Date : 2019
- Date First Available : March 6, 2019
- Label : Signum Uk
- ASIN : B07NBCKT7Y
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #235,345 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The liner notes describe the history of the Chapel of St. John's College, Cambridge and its choir, along with concise and informative notes about each piece contained therein. Thus I am pleased to have the CD, and not merely the digital tracks.
At time of this writing, the tracks of the CD are not fully enumerated, so I provide the following, errors courtesy of the text recognition and human cut-and-paste.
1 Faire is the heaven William Harris (1883-1973)
2 Sing my soul, His wondrous love Ned Rorem (b. 1923)
3 God is gone up Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
4 Hymn to the Virgin Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
5 Justorum animae Charles V. Stanford (1852-1924)
6 The Lamb John Tavener (1944-2013)
7 Seek him that maketh the seven stars Jonathan Dove (b. 1959)
8 Salve Regina Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
9 Jesu, grant me this, I pray Christopher Robinson (b. 1936)
10 O vos omnes Alex Woolf (b. 1995)
11 Jubilate in C Benjamin Britten
12 Locus iste Anton Bruckner (1824-1896
13 Adam lay ybounden Giles Swayne (b.1946)
14 Cherubic Hymn Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
15 Blest pair of sirens Hubert Parry (1848-1918)
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For me the Britten, Hymn to the Virgin is flawless. The Tavener, every bit as good as the Robinson recording. Ned Rorem's Sing My Soul is beautifully sung.
A fitting 100th recording by St Johns. That unique sound continues, long may it continue.
Just as an aside some more information on the outer sleeve re the contents would help. I suspect designers at work here. Maybe spare a thought for who might buy it?