The Chapel Choir of St Peter's College, Oxford directed by David Quinn
and Roger Allen with
organist Mary Ann Wootton.
1. Ascribe unto the Lord Samuel S Wesley
Charles V Stanford
2. Justorum animae
3. Coelos ascendit hodie
4. Beati quorum via
5. For Lo, I raise up
6. Vox dicentis: Clama – Edward W Naylor
7. Blessed City, heavenly Salem
8. Let all mortal Flesh keep silence
9. And I saw a new Heaven
10. Bring us, O Lord God William H Harris
11. The St Peter’s Grace Piers Kennedy
The anthems and motets in this collection are representative of the revival in the fortunes of English Cathedral music that took place in the mid to late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Chapel Choir is a mixed voice ensemble of around twenty-five voices, and this recording features the college's original Father Willis organ of 1875.
St Peter's College, Oxford
The Choir of St Peter's College, Oxford
This CD serves as a perfect introduction to Anglican cathedral music for the century between 1851 and 1959. There are a number of well-known anthems and motets by Stanford and Bainton and some less-familiar works by Naylor and Harris. All are superbly sung.
The outstanding performance of the organ scholars, Mary Ann Wootton and David Quinn must not be ignored. The instrument was built by Father Henry Willis in 1875 and enlarged in 1889. It was rebuilt and restored in 2003. The sound of this CD is excellent: the liner-notes are succinct and include the texts, and where appropriate, the translations.
I thoroughly enjoyed this CD … including the Wesley. The Choir of St. Peter’s College are inspirational and sympathetic in all these works.
: The young voices of St Peter's College balance easily with a warm ... simplicity that reveals their love for and enjoyment of this repertoire ... Here is a welcome alternative to the full-blown cathedral versions already available. [Extracted]
St Peter's College Chapel boasts a Father Willis organ of 1875 (enlarged in 1889 and rebuilt and restored in 2003); this recording sensibly concentrates on music written in the mid to late 19th and early 20th centuries. The disc opens with a fine performance of S.S. Wesley's Ascribe unto the Lord
followed by Stanford's three Latin motets ]ustorum animae, Coelos ascendit hodie
and Beati quorum via
. At the centre of the disc are three big pieces: Stanford's For lo, I raise up
(written in 1914 and as if prescient of the horrors about to come), Naylor's Vox dicentis: Clama
and Bairstow's Blessed city, heavenly Salem
with its colourful organ accompaniment written in the year that Bairstow went to York Minster. The young, mixed voices of the student choir blend well and have an enjoyment of the music that communicates strongly. The music has an easy flow - expressive but never over-weighty. This is a refreshing recording, worth considering as an alternative to the many cathedral performances of this repertoire.
INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW(Jun2014):
This is a most welcome CD of a little-appreciated aspect of English music that for the past six decades or so has been in serious danger of dying out..... this is a recording that I welcome with enthusiasm and which I hope will lead to more light being shone on this part of the English choral tradition. (extracted)