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    Evensong from York Minster
    The Choir of York Minster, Benjamin Morris organ, Robert Sharpe director

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    Evensong from York Minster
    The Choir of York Minster
    Benjamin Morris
    organ
    Robert Sharpe
    director

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    ‘... the full cathedral experience can be found on Evensong from York Minster (Regent). Sheppard’s Libera nos sounds totally different here, with greater forces and in the glorious acoustic of that majestic building. Notable is director Robert Sharpe’s masterly handling of Howells’s St Paul’s Service, thunderously accompanied by organist Benjamin Morris and thrillingly sung by this great choir..’
    The Guardian April 2018

    ‘This CD certainly leaves the listener with the impression of having been transported to a special place.’
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    Organists’ Review March 2018 

    ‘The choir is greatly Improved from what had been a rather lackluster choral tradition and, under Sharpe's leadership, has developed Into a superb ensemble. The Howells "Mag and Nunc" are sung full-bore, as befits Its Inspiration from St Paul's Cathedral; and Balrstow's magnum opus (he was organist of the Minster from 1913 to 1946), Is the best recorded performance of It I've heard. Extensive notes on York Minster, Evensong, the music and texts. An elegant production.’
    American Record Guide March 2018

    ‘Three things make this CD a great investment for all lovers of Anglican Cathedral Music. Firstly, the outstanding singing by York Minster Choir, secondly the superb organ playing by Benjamin Morris. These are reflected in an excellent recording. But, most important of all is the opportunity to hear an entire performance of Evensong, including the intercessions, the congregational hymn and the bible readings. All this allows the listener to sink into the atmosphere and fully enjoy the full sweep of Thomas Cranmer’s (with a few tinkerings) glorious and unsurpassed achievement.’
    MusicWeb February 2018 

    ‘Fine singing we have here from York with the combined boys, girls and songmen of the Minster..... If you are too far from one of our cathedral cities, this disc will give you the whole experience of our great choral tradition.’
    Cathedral Music I 2018

    ‘...a top choir on top form... ’
    Crossrhythms January 2018

    Attendance at services in British Cathedrals is on the increase, particularly for the service of Choral Evensong. This traditional service, using words from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, holds a great appeal for those who attend both in terms of the intimate and meditative atmosphere, and the central role of the music sung by the choir.

    This recording offers the opportunity to savour the atmosphere of a complete Choral Evensong service in one of northern Europe’s largest cathedrals. The generous acoustic of York Minster is harnessed by the York Minster Choir and organist who provide the music for Evensong in this great building on a daily basis, and includes well-loved settings of the Preces and Responses, the Psalms, the Magnifcat and Nunc dimittis, anthems, and organ voluntaries, together with readings and prayers from members of the York Minster clergy.

    Improvisation, op 84 no 2 – Francis Jackson    4:15
    Bell and Aisle Prayer/ Organ improvisation (Benjamin Morris)     3:08

    Introit     Libera nos, salva nos – John Sheppard 2:53

    Preces – William Smith   1:00
    Psalms 69 and 70  Chants – Thomas Tertius Noble, Charles Leigh Naylor,

    George Surtees Talbot      9:31

    First Lesson    Genesis 28: 11–18     2:13
    The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, Dean of York 

    Magnificat    St Paul’s Service – Herbert Howells    6:06

    Second Lesson     1 Peter 2:1–10     2:18
    The Reverend Canon Dr Christopher Collingwood, Chancellor

    Nunc dimittis    St Paul’s Service – Howells     4:42

    The Creed         0:49
    Lesser Litany (Responses) – Smith;
    Lord’s Prayer – Robert Stone      4:59

    Anthem     Blessed City, heavenly Salem – Edward Cuthbert Bairstow     8:05

    The Intercessions     The Reverend Canon Peter Moger, Precentor    2:19

    Anthem     O pray for the peace of Jerusalem – Howells     6:11

    The Grace        0:17

    Hymn     Ye that know the Lord is gracious (Rustington)  – Charles Hubert Hastings Parry  v3 descant by Benjamin Morris     2:20

    The Blessing         0:25

    Te Deum Laudamus in G – Ralph Vaughan Williams     5:05

    Final Prayer         0:53

    Organ Voluntary     Final (Symphonie 3 in F sharp minor, op 28)  – Louis Vierne     9:49

    Total playing time 77:26

    Recorded in York Minster 8–10 February 2017

    Critical praise for York Minster choir on Regent:

    ‘The boys are strong, colorful, and lively; and the justly famous organ sounds magnificent.’
    American Record Guide (REGCD467)

    ‘..this remarkable choir gives the impression of complete professionalism, with every singer committed to the meaning and significance of the words and music.’
    Organists’ Review (REGCD467)

    ‘...If you like to hear choral music performed in its native environment and to submerge you in glorious sound, this will do it.’ Classical Music Sentinel (REGCD439)

    ‘This is one of the very finest recordings of English Cathedral music that I have heard in some years.’
    MusicWeb (REGCD439)

    ‘...their expressive singing encompasses with ease the wide spectrum of musical styles.’ Gramophone (REGCD391
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