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From Darkness To Light: An Advent Procession
The Choir of Wellington Cathedral
Reviews The Diapason: "This is a wonderful recording . . ." - [OAR-630]
$15.98

The Choir of Wellington Cathedral directed by Andrew Cantrill superbly performs choral works of Advent with organists James Taylor and Alastair Carey.

Reviews John Speller in The Diapason: ". . . near the top of the list of leading Anglican choirs. . . . This is a wonderful recording, and I cannot recommend it enough. It makes a very refreshing change from the familiar recording of the Advent Procession in the King's Chapel of Our Land and St. Nicholas in Cambridge. Furthermore, it ably demonstrates that the Wellington Cathedral Choir deserves to be ranked among the finest exemplars of the Anglican choral tradition anywhere in the world. . . . Praetorius's Come thou, Redeemer of the earth. . . is sung to an absolutely stunning new arrangement composed by Wellington Cathedral's former director of music, Philip Walsh. . . . Next come two familiar carols, Vaughan Williams's version of This is the truth sent from above, and Boris Ord's setting of Adam lay ybounden. These are followed by John Rutter's setting of O come, O come, Emmanuel, which combines the traditional 15th-century plainsong melody with some harmonized sections and a very interesting accompaniment with bridge passages that give us an opportunity to hear something of Wellington Cathedral's famous Lewis organ. . . . Probably most people in the USA are not aware quite how popular is . . . Paul Manz's lovely anthem, E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come . . . has become throughout the English-speaking world. The choir sings the anthem very expressively and the sopranos "soar" magnificently in the lively acoustics of the cathedral. . . . The recording ends with organist Andrew Carey playing Herbert Howells' Paean as the concluding voluntary, ending on the very impressive sound of the full organ."


From Darkness to Light Matin Responsory: G. P. Palestrina (c.1525-1594): Magnificat Tertii Toni
Michael Praetorius (1571-1621), arr. Philip Walsh (b.1966): Come, thou Redeemer of the earth
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): This is the truth sent from above
Paul Manz (b.1919): E'en so Lord Jesus, quickly come
John Rutter (b.1945): O come, o come, Emmanuel
Boris Ord (1897-1961): Adam lay ybounden
Otto Goldschmidt (1829-1907): A tender shoot
Martin Shaw (1875-1958): Hills of the north, rejoice (verse 5 arr. Andrew Cantrill)
Anton Bruckner (1824-1896): Virga Jesse floruit
Edgar Pettman (1865-1943): The Angel Gabriel
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): A Hymn to the Virgin
Johann Sebastian Bach (1865-1750): Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 645), James Taylor, organist, also sung by choir in English
Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625): This is the record of John
Thomas Olivers (1725-1799): Lo, he comes with clouds descending
Herbert Howells (1892-1983): Paean

From Darkness To Light: An Advent Procession<BR>The Choir of Wellington Cathedral<BR><Font Color = Red><B>Reviews <I>The Diapason</I></B>: \"This is a wonderful recording . . .\"</font>
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