Choral Award

Janacek

Janáček Glagolitic Mass; Adagio for Orchestra; Zdrávas Maria; Otče náš

Sara Jakubiak (soprano); Susan Bickley (mezzo); Stuart Skelton (tenor); Gábor Bretz (bass); Thomas Trotter (organ); Choir of Collegiûm Mûsicûm; Edvard Grieg Kor; Bergen Cathedral Choir; Bergen Philharmonic Choir; Bergen Philharmonic/Edward Gardner
Chandos CHSA 5165 (hybrid CD/SACD)

Reviewed May 2016

Choir of St John's College, Cambridge

Harvey Missa Brevis & other choral works

Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge/Andrew Nethsingha; Edward Picton-Turbervill (organ)
Signum Records SIGCD456

Reviewed August 2016

Steinberg

Steinberg Passion Week

The Clarion Choir/Steven Fox
Naxos 8.573665

Reviewed December 2016

Written for the Russian Orthodox Church in the early 1920s by Shostakovich’s composition teacher Maximilian Steinberg, this profoundly beautiful choral piece lay forgotten for over 90 years. Performed here with breathtaking sensitivity by an outstanding New York-based choir, it emerges as a work of equal stature to Rachmaninov’s justly acclaimed Vespers. A wonderful discovery.

Taverner

Missa Corona spinea; Dum transisset Sabbatum I & II
Tallis Scholars/ Peter Phillips
Gimmell CDGIM046

Reviewed Christmas 2015

Tenebrae

Brahms • Bruckner

Choral Motets; Aequalis Nos 1 & 2
Tenebrae/Nigel Short
Signum SIGCD430

Reviewed Christmas 2015

Don’t be fooled by the compact dimensions of Bruckner’s motets. They have lofty symphonic ambitions, and Tenebrae and its enterprising conductor Nigel Short match their demands with an ease and economy that’s rarely heard, from the deepest bass to the soaring sopranos. Majestic Brahms, too, with immense power, huge dynamic range and ringing intonation.

Anne Boleyn’s Songbook

Music and Passions of a Tudor Queen
Clare Wilkinson (voice), Jacob Heringman (lute), Kirsty Whatley (harp); Alamire/David Skinner
Obsidian CD715

Reviewed Christmas 2015