Taverner: Sacred Choral Music

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John Taverner brought the English florid style to its culmination; his music is quite unlike anything written by his continental contemporaries. In his debut recording with the critically acclaimed Edinburgh choir, Duncan Ferguson presents this music with forces akin to those of the sixteenth century – a small number of children and a larger number of men. The singers respond with an emotional authencity born of the daily round of liturgical performance.

"The second Agnus Dei is particularly memorable: these young singers' pleasure in their music-making is simply infectious."

"The music marks the apogee of pre-Reformation florid polyphony and is endlessly fascinating, the compositional means clearly audible and sublimely transcended."

"The performances by the mixed choir of Edinburgh Cathedral are caught in a wonderfully vivid, close acoustic, so the beautifully elaborate polyphony seems all-embracing."

"Treble voices surf high on huge waves of polyphony in the extraordinary Missa Corona Spinea, while smaller items display the same freshness, purity and liturgical glow. Duncan Ferguson, the Master of Music, is plainly a wizard"

Producer: Paul Baxter
Venue: St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh
Recording Dates: 14 - 17 September 2009
Release Date: 11 January 2010
Catalogue No: DCD34023
Total playing time: 58:00

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