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    Easter Day at Hereford
    Hereford Cathedral Choir, Peter Dyke organ, Geraint Bowen director. Release date 19th February


    Catalogue Number: REGCD478

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    Hereford Cathedral Choir
    Peter Dyke
    organ, Geraint Bowen director

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    ‘The men and boys of Hereford Cathedral take us on a journey through the services for Easter Sunday, starting with This joyful Eastertide for Matins. It includes a chant by Edwin Monk, and Stanford’s Te Deum, Jubilate in C and Ye choirs of new Jerusalem. A slightly more abrasive note is introduced for the Eucharist with Langlais’s Messe solennelle, with Peter Dyke’s excellent playing a perfect foil to the soaring trebles in a very powerful performance. The building’s acoustics serve Byrd’s In resurrectione tua and Taverner’s Dum transisset Sabbatum I very well indeed. The day comes to a fitting end with the St Paul's Service by Herbert Howells. Geraint Bowen’s very impressive choir performs with great energy and clear attention to detail. Under his direction the music comes to life, and the trebles, comfortable in what they do, appear completely fearless.’ Choir and Organ May/June2016

    ‘Performances are excellent - well worth waiting the three years for singing with this level of accomplishment, including Harry Darwall-Smith's treble solos. Phrases are shaped beautifully. Diction is excellent, and there is a bright, vibrant sound. The Willis organ sounds splendid in the Stanford, Wesley and Howells.’
    Church Music Quarterly March 2016

    ‘A very fine release, to be highly recommended.’
    Organists’ Review June 2016

    Join the Choir of Hereford Cathedral as they celebrate Easter Sunday!

    This new recording (the first in three years from this wonderful choir) showcases the range of music typically sung in Hereford Cathedral during the three main services on this major day in the church’s year.  We have all the music for Matins, including Responses and Psalms. The Canticles and Anthem focus on Charles Villiers Stanford with the Te Deum and Jubilate in C, and the exuberant Easter favourite ‘Ye choirs of new Jerusalem’.

    The Eucharist features English polyphonic works in Latin for Easter from William Byrd and John Tavener, together with Jean Langlais’ massive ‘Messe solennelle’.

    As befitting this major Festival, Evensong features Herbert Howells’ largest-scale setting of the Evening Canticles – the St Paul’s Service – and the disc concludes with another Easter favourite: ‘Blessed be the God and Father’, with its beautiful treble solo ‘Love one another‘ written by Samuel Sebastian Wesley while he was organist of Hereford Cathedral.

    ‘there is a great deal to enjoy and appreciate’
    Cross Rhythms February 2016 - 9/10

    'Breaking all Lenten rules and listening to Hereford Cathedral's @perpetualTrust's no- holds-barred Easter Day disc @regentrecords Get it!' @Gavinplumley on Twitter

    Previous CDs on Regent

    “If you like the chaste beauty of the English cathedral tradition, as I do, you will warm to this recital in the atmospheric acoustic of Hereford Cathedral.” 

    Financial Times, 1 August 2009

    "...a glowing recording by this fine choir, which features an impressive set of trebles”    
     The Observer,  23August 2009

     “Hereford Cathedral Choir's Christmas from Hereford offers an engagingly rounded, friendly sound  and committed energy (especially form the boys), along with excellent organ accompaniment.”  Gramophone, December 2012


    Introit This joyful Eastertide — Dutch traditional arr. Charles Wood 2:13
    Preces — John Sanders 1:10
    Easter Anthems — Chant: Edwin Monk 2:25
    Psalm 114 — Chant: Tonus Peregrinus 2:22
    Te Deum in C — Charles Villiers Stanford 7:20
    Jubilate in C — Charles Villiers Stanford 3:23
    Responses — John Sanders 6:17
    Ye choirs of new Jerusalem — Charles Villiers Stanford 4:59


    Introit In resurrectione tua — William Byrd 1:40

    Messe solennelle — Jean Langlais
    Kyrie 4:28      Gloria 5:12
    Sanctus 1:38     Benedictus 2:37    Agnus Dei 4:52

    Dum transisset I — John Taverner 7:46


    St Paul’s Service — Herbert Howells
    Magnificat 6:31
    Nunc dimittis 4:59

    Blessed be the God and Father — Samuel Sebastian Wesley 7:23


    Total Playing time: 77:20   

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