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William Turner: Sacred Choral Works

​Catalogue no: DCD 34028

Price: £13.00 (including postage and packaging)

It is easy to forget that our great English choral tradition was once silenced by Act of Parliament. The Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660 subsequently ushered in one of the finest periods of English music, though the road to recovery for church music was a slow and difficult one. Turner, then a precocious nine year-old, went on to become one of the best known composers and singers if his day. This premiere recording presents a cross-section of Turner’s sacred music, ranging from small-scale liturgical works to one of his grandest creations, the Te Deum and Jubilate in D.

Contents

1. Te Deum (1696)
2. Lord, Thou Hast Been My Refuge
3. My Soul Truly Waiteth
4. Hear My Prayer, O Lord
5. The Queen Shall Rejoice (1702)
6. Jubilate Deo (Service In E)
7. Magnificat (Service In A)
8. Nunc Dimittis (Service In A)
9. O Lord, God Of Hosts, Hear My Prayer
10. The Lord Is Righteous
11. Jubilate Deo (1696)

The Choir of Gonville and Caius College is a fine choir, which is technically reliable and sings with flair and enthusiasm ... I recommend this disc without hesitation.
Music Web

Reviews

Geoffrey Webber’s choir sings with greater passion than most of its Oxbridge rivals.

Classic FM Magazine

 

The Choir of Gonville and Caius College is a fine choir, which is technically reliable and sings with flair and enthusiasm…I recommend this disc without hesitation.

Music Web July 2007

 

…excellent interpretations … fine performances [and] excellent programme notes. Highly recommended.

The Organ August-October 2007

 

Some fine additions to the choral canon, vibrantly performed … invigorating and highly persuasive.

Gramophone October 2007

 

The music really comes alive, thanks to the superb performances given by Webber's musicians; their interpretations are full of subtle nuance and tasteful expression. A fascinating programme performed to the highest standards.

Church Music Quarterly September 2007

 

Geoffrey Webber and the Caius choir have done a great service in making such a fine recording of his music. Choir and soloists sound fabulous, and the instrumental playing is vibrant and stylish. The recorded sound is warm and clear - this is a great disc.

Early Music Today, February/March 2008