horizontal line

St John’s choir again meets the highest standard. Despite the relatively dry chapel acoustics, a warm sostenuto is achieved by the rich blend of men and boys, and dynamics are fully expressive of the texts. The content is tantalising: Poulenc’s Petites prières de Saint François d’Assise and Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence; the Messes solennelles of both Vierne and Langlais, which owe much to spectacular playing by organ scholar Edward Picton-Turbevill; and Messiaen’s motet O sacrum convivium. There are decent sleeve notes too. If you buy one choral recording this year, make it this one!

MATTHEW POWER Read the full review on Agora Classica

   Read full review   

To continue reading, please upgrade to a premium account. You will have immediate full access.

Read more classical music reviews online here:

Choir & Organ, 2015 - ©Rhinegold Publishing