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A Gaelic Blessing

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The first in a series of recordings with Matthew Owens and the Choir of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. Best-loved sacred works and new choral music grace this release, which includes works by Franck, Brahms, Pärt, Finzi, Holst, Tavener, Mozart, Henschel and Wesley, some of them in world premiere recordings.

"This recording is a real gem…the performance is always delicate butnonetheless abounding in richness"

"This is a nicely assembled collection from Scotland's largest cathedral that reflects the diverse musical tradition embodied in choral singing. The earliest piece is Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus" but it is good to report that seven of the 17 songs are by living composers. This gives the disc a modern feel, which might also be due to the excellent sound quality that gives the music a clear, uncluttered sound."


"The choir has a magnificent sound, owing partly to its inclusion of girl trebles to the mix of boys and men, but also to the careful blend and balancing work by conductor Owens and the obvious attention to articulation and phrasing that really makes this music communicate rather than dictate."


"The men sing Pärt’s De Profundis with a very rich tone, and there’s a chance to hear a more independent organ part, while the trebles are heard in the simple yet moving Nunc Dimittis by Burgon. Pride of place in this collection is given to Tavener’s Song of Athene: the calm, joy and sadness of the text is supported by serene singing. This disc cannot be recommended strongly enough."


Producer: Paul Baxter
Venue: St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh
Release Date: 27 March 2002
Catalogue No: DCD34007
Total playing time: 1:08:28

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