Recordings of the Month 2012
The Recording of the month highlights a particularly good, interesting recording and may be a new release or from the existing catalogue.
Recording of the month: December 2012
Christmas from Hereford
The choir of Hereford Cathedral directed by Geraint Bowen
Regent REGCD 388
Another disc of Christmas Carols and a very good one. The informed choice of carols and the quality of the singing on this new disc from Hereford make it well woirth hearing.
Recording of the month: October 2012
The Psalms of David: nos. 20-36
The choir of Salisbury Cathedral directed by David Halls
Priory Records PRCD 1058
This recording by the boys and men of Salisbury Cathedral takes us from the fourth morning to the seventh morning. One of the stated aims of this new series is to use chants not previously recorded and, in doing so, have a 'local slant' on the selection. Accordingly on this disc there are several chants by composers who have been associated with Salisbury Cathedral including a delightful one by the present Director of Music, David Halls and an equally gorgeous one by Sir Walter Alcock. The singing is of an impressively high standard.
The Grand Organ of Salisbury Cathedral (DVD)
Priory Records PRDVD 8
In this the eighth Priory DVD, Salisbury's Director of Music, David Halls, plays a delightful programme, each piece having links to the cathedral or its county and demonstrating the distinctive qualities of this magnificent, unaltered 1877 'Father Willis' organ. On the bonus tracks this organist reveals an ability to entice us to love this organ as much as he does, and in his guide to the console and the stop-list he holds our attention as he unpacks it all.. Any organ lover viewing this DVD will want to rush down to the cathedral to hear this vintqage Father Willis organ live and feast their eyes on the pure Early English Gothic architecture (1220), superbly shown in the cutaways, all built in the same style and, like the organ, unaltered,
Recording of the month: July 2012
A year at Truro
The choir of Truro Cathedral directed by Christopher Grey
Regent REGCD 377
Recording of the month: May 2012
Illumina - Music of Light
The Choir of New College, Oxford with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directed by Edward Higginbottom
In 'Illumina' you will find some of our best loved choral classics: gems such Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Mozart's Laudate Dominum are presented alongside contemporary works in the great Anglo-American choral tradition with composers such as John Rutter, Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre. You will also discover brand new arrangements of Franck's famous Panis Angelicus and Mahler's Adagietto from his Fifth Symphony.