Burgon, Geoffrey - Choral Music - Choir of Wells Cathedral, The

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It is unlikely that Geoffrey Burgon will ever be caught arguing on the side of those who insist that ‘high’ art, especially
in the form of contemporary classical music, is intrinsically superior to arts with genuine mass appeal.
Television credits 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 fourteen 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 …
Wells Cathedral Choir has made several recordings for Hyperion’s ‘English Hymn’ series and an acclaimed disc of
music by Herbert Howells (CDA67494). This is the choir’s first recording under new Director of Music Matthew Owens
and promises much for the future.
Alan Thomas, trumpet

David Bednall, organ

The Choir of Wells Cathedral/Matthew Owens
Geoffrey Burgon

1 At the round earth’s imagined corners

2 The Assumption

Short Mass

3 Kyrie

4 Gloria

5 Sanctus

6 Benedictus

7 Agnus Dei

8 Of flowers and emeralds sheen

9 Magnificat

10 Nunc dimittis

11 As the angels stood

12 Apple Blossom

13 The Corpus Christi Carol

14 The song of the creatures

15 Death be not proud

16 Come let us pity not the dead

17 Te Deum

18 Nunc dimittis
Artikelnummer CDA67567
Streckkod 0034571175676
Utgivningsdatum 2006-11-13
Kategori Kör
Skivbolag Hyperion
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Choir of Wells Cathedral, The
Dirigenter Owens, Matthew
Kompositörer Burgon, Geoffrey
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