Adeste Fideles: Organ music for Christmas

Situated in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, St Cuthbert’s was the first parish church in Scotland to hold candlelit services on Christmas Eve. The two-thousand-strong congregation was regularly joined by people standing in the aisles! Today, the organ continues to combine its role of supporting the singing with solo performance of varied repertoire. Director of Music Thomas Laing-Reilly has at his hands an instrument seemingly able to speak any language. Its vast colour palette is demonstrated with striking clarity on this disc, in a range of repertory which crosses national borders with disarming ease.

"Streaks of brilliance…an illuminating experience’

"It’s a lovely concept – an album of the 17th century’s greatest hits, where only the catchiest, most irrepressibly infectious dances and the swooniest ballads need apply...There’s a real sense of musical camaraderie here – of spontaneous conversations and mutual enjoyment of skill..."

"One of the year’s most enjoyable discs"

"This lovingly-crafted debut album from the English tenor is easy listening in the most positive sense – though most of the material here was new to me, several of the songs wormed their way into my consciousness after a single hearing, and Lyon approaches them from a standpoint of sound historical awareness spiced with the odd audacious anachronism. Recommended for casual listeners and early music aficionados alike."

Producer: Paul Baxter
Recording venues: St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Edinburgh
Recording dates: 10-12 July 2006
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 19
Release date: 8 December 2008
Album ID: DCD34077
Total playing time: 1:17:50

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