DCD34035-CD

Francis Jackson: Sacred Choral Works

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Now in his early nineties, Francis Jackson remains one of the finest, best-loved and most versatile church musicians of our age. The eleven works on this disc, none of them previously recorded, have all the colour, emotional depth and attention to structural detail that are consistent hallmarks of his style. Working closely with the composer, The Exon Singers bring their customary blend of virtuosity, intense commitment and subtle responsiveness to this portrait in sound of a very special composer.

"Francis Jackson is very much the elder statesman of the British organ community…and while his organ pieces are well represented on disc, his choral music is less well known. Yet his output for choir is both extensive and wide-ranging, as this superb new disc reveals. The other major work here is the Evening Service…This is a noble setting sung here with magnificent expansiveness by the group for whom it was written…this presents as touching and rewarding a compendium of very English 20th century church music as one could wish for"

"Matthew Owens...and his Exon Singers are well inside the music on these 16 tracks, even if the organ sometimes booms. The Missa Matris Dei (1988) demonstrates Jackson's continuing vigour, with an unashamedly exciting Gloria and leaping hosannas, before a timelessly calm Agnus Dei."

"All the music on this disc is very fine and the programme has been discerningly selected to give us a varied selection of Jackson’s church music output. The singing is excellent from start to finish: the choral sound is fresh, clear and well-focussed. David Bednall’s organ playing is distinguished and, when the music calls for it, very exciting."

Producer: Paul Baxter
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 16
Release Date: 16 October 2006
Catalogue No: DCD34035
Total playing time: 1:10:16

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