DCD34028-CD

William Turner (1651–1740): Sacred Choral Music

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It is easy to forget that our great English choral tradition was once silenced by Act of Parliament. The subsequent restoration of the monarchy in 1660 ushered in one of the finest periods of English music, and William Turner, in 1660 a precocious nine-year-old, went on to become one of the best-known composers and singers of his day. This disc presents a cross-section of his sacred music, including several premiere recordings.

"Geoffrey Webber and the Gonville and Caius Choir present Turner as a composer who sits at the solar plexus of a rebuilt and confident English tradition… The results are invigorating and highly persuasive. With the strong advocacy and zest of Caius joined by a highly responsive Yorkshire Baroque Soloists (mainly leading London players), Turner will find friends."

 

"Geoffrey Webber’s choir sings with greater passion than most of its Oxbridge rivals."

 

Producer: Paul Baxter
Recording Venue: Pembroke College Chapel, Cambridge
Recording Dates: 1 - 4 July 2006
Release Date: 18 June 2007
Catalogue No: DCD34028
Total playing time: 1:06:14

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