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    The Choir of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin directed by Stuart Nicholson


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    The Choir of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
    directed by Stuart Nicholson (David Leigh - tracks 1 & 11–13)
    David Leigh, organ (Martina Smyth - track 13)

    ‘...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

    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.

    ‘The singing is top quality and well captured by producer Gary Cole. There is enough that is unusual to capture the attention of choral singers and enough that is popular to please those who enjoy traditional choral singing. ’

    ‘this ensemble can stand toe-to-toe with most of England’s better cathedral choirs.’ REGCD418 American Record Guide – November 2015

    Advent    Creator of the stars of night  Conditor Alme (Mode iv)     2:19
    Christmas     A babe is born William Mathias    3:22
    Epiphany     We three kings* John Henry Hopkins Jr, arr Stuart Nicholson     4:50
                        Epiphanie Gaston Litaize     4:24
    Patronal    I bind unto myself today from the Petrie Collection of Irish Music
            arr Charles Villiers Stanford     9:59
    Annunciation     Magnificat (Saint Patrick’s Service) * David Briggs     7:01
    Passiontide     It is a thing most wonderful Philip Moore     5:52
    Easter     Lord of the Dance* American Shaker tune adapt Sydney Carter, arr Stuart Nicholson     4:02
    Transfiguration     For lo I raise up Stanford    8:04
    Saint Luke     Strengthen ye the weak hands  William Henry Harris     7:40
    All Saints    Justorum Animae Matthew Martin     2:35
    All Souls    Sunset and evening star   George Henry Philips Hewson     3:51
    Remembrance     Nunc Dimittis in E* Ernest Dines     2:44
    Birth of Swift     All wisdom cometh from the Lord  Philip Moore     9:08

    TPL:  75:53    * Premiere recording

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