Three years after the runaway success of In Praise of St Columba, its previous collaboration with piper Barnaby Brown, the ever-innovative Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge reunites with Brown – now also joined by lyre player Bill Taylor and ancient brass specialists John and Patrick Kenny.
All four are members of the European Music Archaeology Project, whose own ongoing collaboration with Delphian has captivated listeners and reviewers with its glimpses of the sound of Europe’s ancient instruments. Here, those extraordinary sonorities blend with and emerge around the Caius singers’ committed contributions in seven richly conceived new pieces; a world premiere commission by Sir James MacMillan sets up the Celtic theme.
"The performers throw themselves into everything with attention-grabbing fervour. Singing that impresses with great intensity, accuracy and often quite terrific power (theatrical opportunities are gleefully exploited) does full justice to all, including outstanding works by James MacMillan and Stuart MacRae"
Recording venue(s): Merton College, Oxford
Recording dates: 29-31 August 2016
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 12
Total playing time: 68:20
First UK release date: May 19, 2017
Album ID: DCD34154