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The Choir of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
David Leigh, organ
directed by Stuart Nicholson 

186 in stock

SKU: REGCD504 Categories: ,

Description

This ninth release in Regent’s ‘A Year at…’ series  visits Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin – The National Cathedral of Ireland. This rarely-recorded choir is one of Ireland’s greatest musical treasures, with the country’s only choir school, founded in 1432.

Track List

Advent
Creator of the stars of night – Conditor alme (Mode iv)
2:19
Christmas
A babe is born – William Mathias (1934–92)
3:22
Epiphany
We three kings* – John Henry Hopkins Jr (1820–91), arr Stuart Nicholson (b 1975)
4:50
Epiphanie – Gaston Litaize (1909–91) organ solo
4:24
PatronalFestival
I bind unto myself – from the Petrie Collection of Irish Music (1903) arr Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924)
9:59
Annunciation
Magnificat (Saint Patrick’s Service)* – David Briggs (b 1962)
7:01
Passiontide
It is a thing most wonderful – Philip Moore (b 1943)
5:52
Easter
Lord of the Dance* – American Shaker tune adapt Sydney Carter (1915–2004), arr Nicholson
4:02
Transfiguration
For lo I raise up – Stanford
8:04
Saint Luke
Strengthen ye the weak hands – William Henry Harris (1883–1973)
7:40
All Saints
Justorum animae – Matthew Martin (b 1976)
2:35
All Souls
Sunset and evening star – George Henry Phillips Hewson (1881–1972)
3:51
Remembrance
Nunc dimittis in E* – Ernest Dines (b 1986)
2:44
Birth of Swift
All wisdom cometh from the Lord – Moore
9:08

(David Leigh directs  tracks 1 & 11–13)
(Martina Smyth accompaniestrack 13)

Total Playing time: 75:53

Production credits

Recorded in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin on 1–3 February 2017

Recording producer and engineer: Gary Cole

Editors: Myles Eastwood and Gary Cole

Sample audio extracts

Reviews

‘…excellent diction and sensitivity to the changing moods of the music…great musicality and evenness of tone. ’  Organists’ Review March 2018 

‘It’s a treat of extremely well chosen music, often with an Irish twist, given uniformly excellent performances and captured perfectly in the resonant acoustic…I enjoyed this disc enormously, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to explore an example of how successfully the English tradition of church music can export itself beyond England’s borders. ’  MusicWeb December 2017

‘The choir produces a very fine sound. Most traditional choral foundations have about the same number of boys on the top part as men on the lower three, because adult male voices are more powerful. Here the booklet lists 21 trebles to two altos, three tenors, and four basses. This seems a recipe for a hopelessly top-heavy sound, but the balance works. The boys are remarkable for purity of tone and good intonation…’ American Record Guide January 2018

‘…exuberant yet controlled singing in the large acoustic of St Patrick’s. ’  Cathedral Music I 2018


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