Released January 2017
A disc exploring the work of three twentieth-century composers whose work was crucial to the Anglican choral tradition.
Finzi My lovely one
Finzi God is gone up
Finzi Welcome sweet and sacred feast
Finzi Let us know praise famous men
Finzi Lo, the full, final sacrifice
Finzi Magnificat: My soul foth magnify the Lord
Bax I sing of a maiden that is makeless
Bax This worldes joie: Winter wakeneth all my care
Ireland Greater love hath no man: Many waters cannot quench love
Ireland Ex ore innocentium: It is a thing most wonderful
Ireland Te Deum in F: We praise Thee, O God
James O'Donnell conductor
Daniel Cook organ
The Choir of Westminster Abbey
This trio of English composers are perhaps better known for their creative output in other fields, yet they played a crucial role in the development of the Anglican choral tradition in the twentieth century. James O’Donnell and The Choir of Westminster Abbey present this recording centred on Finzi’s Lo, the full, final sacrifice: the other works may be less familiar but no less moving.
“The choir’s diffuse tone – breathier in the upper voices than rivals at New College or even King’s Cambridge – is very effective”
“Fine performances from all involved in this recording of English church music”
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