Sir Charles Hubert H Parry: I was glad & other choral works
I was glad – with Onyx Brass, Blest pair of sirens, Dear Lord and Father of mankind, Hear my words, ye people with Onyx Brass, Evening Service in D major ‘Great Service’, Magnificat, Nunc dimittis, Fantasia and Fugue in G major, Jerusalem, Coronation Te Deum with Onyx Brass
Daniel Cook (organ) Onyx Brass, Westminster Abbey Choir under James O’Donnell
Hyperion Records CDA68089 @£14.25*
Gramophone “This mouth-watering programme of well-known anthems and unfamiliar works has the added attraction of new brass arrangements… The Choir of Westminster Abbey give solid, well-crafted performances and there’s an equitable blend and balance between the boys and the men. Their polished phrasing enhances the clarity of the texts and their excellent conductor James O’Donnell wisely chooses moderate tempi, taking into account the Abbey’s spacious acoustic.… listener’s can enjoy the dignity and grandeur of the sounds of the choir, organ and brass ringing around the historic spaces of Westminster Abbey.”
The pageantry of a nation is encapsulated in the music of Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Baronet, Knight and fervent supporter of the suffragette movement.
This new programme from Westminster Abbey contains some lesser-known early works alongside blazing performances of the favourites, recorded in the very building for which many of them were so skilfully crafted.