The Choir of Westminster Abbey
with Onyx Brass
Music by Sir Hubert Parry
including three Ives arrangements:
I was glad, Hear my words, Coronation Te Deum
for 3 tpt, 2 hn, 2 tbn, bass tbn, tuba, timp and organ
Score and parts available on request
The work that truly sends shivers up and down the spine is I was glad. A stirring, vibrant, awesome majesty of sound, enhanced by both organ and Onyx Brass.
I was glad is hugely expansive and majestic. Its grandeur enhanced by its use of Grayston Ives’ arrangement. It’s difficult to resist the spine-tingling monumentalism of the performance.
BBC Music Magazine
The sheer thrill of the aural spectacle – this is pomp and circumstance writ large.
This mouth-watering programme has the added attraction of new brass arrangements by Grayston Ives. The Abbey’s generous resonance is well captured – listeners can enjoy the dignity and grandeur of the sounds of the choir, organ and brass, ringing around the historic spaces.
A highly rewarding release of the highest quality. A big, bold sound, the arrangements emphasising the splendour.
Audiophile Audition USA
Hugely impressive. Crank up the volume, but make sure the neighbours are out. Better still, invite them round to listen.
BBC Radio 3: CD Review
The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, directed by Bill Ives
Listen Sweet Dove
harmonia mundi usa HMU 907420
Bill Ives leads Magdalen College Choir in a premiere recording of some of his own liturgical music. Published under his given name, Grayston Ives, these works were composed between 1973 and 2000. The music ranges from delightfully airy to deep and contemplative to soaring and celebratory.
Artistic Quality 10 / 10 Sound Quality
- Listen sweet dove is a gem. First-rate music and very accessible. The highlight is the ‘Missa Brevis’ – inventive, tuneful, harmonically vibrant – one of the finest works of its kind. Magdalen College Choir sings with appropriate sensitivity, fervent spirit and fluent mastery.
- Ives’s ear encompasses shimmering dissonance, jazzy close harmonies and festive pomp
– The Times, London
Requiem Op. 9
Quatre Motets – Messe Cum Jubilo – Four pieces for organ
harmonia mundi usa HMU 807480
This recording is of Duruflé’s 1961 version for choir, small orchestra and organ. A Super Audio CD recorded in the glorious acoustic of Magdalen Chapel, Oxford.
- exquisite singing throughout – sublime trebles. Perfect balance – in a spacious, vibrant acoustic. One of the best Duruflé Requiems on disc.
2005 Grammy Nominee
With a Merrie Noyse
Second Service and Consort Anthems
harmonia mundi usa HMU 907337
A ground-breaking recording of Gibbons’ music refreshed in revised editions by Dr David Skinner and performed by Magdalen College Choir alongside the internationally renowned viol consort, Fretwork. Including This is the record of John, O clap your hands, See, see the Word is incarnate.
- 2005 GRAMMY NOMINEE
- Flawless ensemble, crisp consonants and perfectly paced dynamics……revelatory.
– BBC Music Magazine
Latin and English Church Music
harmonia mundi usa HMU 907396
A rare chance to hear on one disc the contrasting styles of Christopher Tye, a contemporary of Thomas Tallis, from the relative simplicity of the English settings to the musically magnificent 5-part and 7-part psalm motets that conclude the programme.
Artistic Quality 10 / 10 Sound Quality
- The choir’s expertise in this music is unassailable
- It’s glorious to hear the wall of lush tone and beautiful blend of this choir
– Early Music America
- Magdalen College Choir, on top form throughout, is exemplary
– Daily Telegraph, London
SONGS OF ANGELS
Music from Magdalen College, Oxford
Magdalen College, Oxford has a long and noble history, not least amongst liturgical composers. This disc presents music by holders of the post of Informator Choristarum between 1480 and 1560. Including music by Richard Davy, Thomas Appleby, Thomas Preston and John Sheppard.
- A very impressive group of young choral scholars
– CD Review, BBC Radio 3