Burgon, Geoffrey - Choral Music - Wells Cathedral Choir

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Wells Cathedral Choir / Matthew Owens

The thirteen works recorded here range from the contemplative of the Nunc dimittis to the ceremonial of an anthem such as At the round earth's imagined corners where the familiar Donne text receives a thoroughly fresh interpretation. This is music reaching out to a modern desire for immediate accessibility masking consummate artistry: 'I can't believe it's not Rutter', perhaps ...

Television credits for Geoffrey Burgon include the music for Brideshead Revisited and the pop chart-topping Nunc dimittis (recorded here) which introduced the BBC's John le Carré adaptation Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in 1979.

But commercial success should not prevent us from recognizing, and appreciating, a depth of invention and mastery of formal conception which might just as well be described as being firmly rooted in the classical tradition, and particularly that of the Anglican Church.

'The national soundtrack for the past three decades ... Burgon shows what can be done with some simple ideas and a top-flight cathedral choir' (The Independent)

'The music is gratefully written for voices, expertly performed, and warmly recorded' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Geoffrey Burgon ... has found a niche in contemporary English choral music because he wants to communicate, to write music that people want to hear... this immensely appealing music is superbly sung by the Wells Cathedral Choir who prove to have excellent soloists. The vivid direction by Matthew Owens is greatly aided by David Bednall's creative organ contribution and Hyperion's first-class recording in the cathedral. A disc well worth seeking out' (Gramophone)

'Musically, these performances are all that could be wished for in terms of technical accomplishment' (Fanfare, USA)

'The girls and men of Wells Cathedral directed by Matthew Owens give a riveting performance enhanced by the playing of David Bednall and Alan Thomas ... in the popular field Burgon presses all the right buttons without risk of compromise' (Choir & Organ Magazine)

'Hyperion's sound is terrific (does anyone record English choirs better than they?) and the production first class' (Audiophile, USA)

'Geoffrey Burgon's music is beautifully crafted with a wealth of invention and on this Hyperion Records CD a treat awaits for those already familiar with his works as well as those new to his music ... the Short Mass is marvellously realised by the Choir of Wells Cathedral and their performances throughout are excellent' (Lifestyle Magazine)

'Strong performances from the Wells Cathedral girl choristers and lay clerks ... I was soon persuaded that this recording is a welcome addition to the Burgon discography' (Cathedral Music)

Artikelnummer CDH55421
Streckkod 0034571154213
Utgivningsdatum 2013-02-06
Kategori Kör
Skivbolag Hyperion / Helios
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Wells Cathedral Choir
Dirigenter Owens, Matthew
Kompositörer Burgon, Geoffrey
Disk: 1
1 Choral Music
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