Do not be afraid
Choral music of Philip Stopford
Truro Cathedral Choir
Luke Bond organ, Christopher Gray director
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"Stopford was present at the recording sessions for this disc and I'm sure he would have been well pleased with the highly accomplished singing of the Truro Cathedral Choir under the committed direction of Christopher Gray. They have a fresh, unforced sound and encompass with ease the bigger eight-part writing and unexpected harmonic progressions...Regent's characteristically excellent production and recording add to the enjoyment of this fine CD" Gramophone August 2013 REGCD400
New entry into the Specialist Classical Albums Chart at Number 20
June 18th 2013
"This is a superlative CD worthy of every choral music collection. Inspirational singing from one of the top cathedral choirs in the land, coupled with brilliant organ playing by a highly gifted musician on a first-class instrument, provide the perfect vehicle for Phillip's wonderful, fresh music."
Organists' Review June2013
The singing of the choir, set in the wonderful acoustic of Truro Cathedral, is beyond praise. The well-balanced organ provides fireworks where needed.
MusicWeb June 2013
Philip Stopford is rapidly emerging from among the younger generation of British composers as one of the most popular and prolific writers of new choral music, and is in increasing demand on both sides of the Atlantic.
His beautifully-crafted music combines uplifting classic texts with memorable, radiant melodies and glorious harmonies.
This recording, the first entirely dedicated to his music from a cathedral choir, presents a selection of his best-loved recent works, together with first recordings of several new pieces, including the Truro Evening Canticles.
1 Episcopal Jubilate (2:50)
2 Collect for the Queen (3:19)
3 Lord’s Prayer (1:55)
Truro Evening Canticles
4 i Magnificat (4:25) 5 ii Nunc Dimittis (3:01)
6 Teach me, O Lord (3:51)
7 The Spirit of the Lord (5:44)
8 Ave Regina Coelorum (4:34)
9 Do not be afraid (5:06)
10 Hope (6:57)
11 Drop, drop, slow tears (3:03)
12 For the beauty of the earth (3:14)
13 Renaissance Jubilate (2:51)
14 Born in a stable (4:34)
15 Once in royal David’s city (3:38)
16 Sans Day Carol (3:12)
17 I wonder as I wander (4:01)
18 Lully, lulla, lullay (5:03)
19 A Christmas Blessing (2:55)
Total Playing time: 74:12