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Abbey School Choir Tewkesbury - Light of the World CD

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  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Composer: Geoffrey Burgon, John Rutter, Morten Lauridsen, Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (21 Nov. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Signum Classics
  • ASIN: B000BW7ZG4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This selection, unlike that collected in the album Songs of Innocence, is an extraordinary rendition of beautiful music that combines traditional pieces, songs by Robert Schumann, Georg Friedrich Händel, Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Fauré and a few inspired pieces of English choir music, such as Geoffrey Burgon's "Nunc dimitis" and a couple of well-known lovely songs by John Rutter and others. Also, for some reason, two by Benjamin Britten.

The soloist singer has a beautiful voice and has been wonderfully directed to perform with the maturity required by the songs. Otherwise, I think it might have been a mistake to include a song like "Amazing Grace", quite beyond the physical and technical possibilities of a child.

The whole work is directed with mastery from the organ by Benjamin Nicholas who, in the best tradition of English choirs, has been capable of overcoming in great measure the difficulties posed by children's shorter breathing. The quality and intensity of feeling conveyed by his inspired direction is well above what could be expected of a boys' choir. The older participants are simply perfect, as is the case of "Ubi caritas et amor" by the mystic American composer Morten Lauridsen. It would have been interesting to listen to The Abbey School Choir's performance of "Crown my heart" by James Whitbourn had it been included among the songs by living composers.

It is a great pity that Tewkesbury Abbey School Choir could not be saved. This circumstance underlines the need to own this recording, thas has become a "must" for classic choir music lovers.
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This album is quite simply sensational. If you are searching for a wonderfully eclectic collection of stunning, uplifting music performed by a world-class choir, then you have probably found it. (My other recommendations would be "Illumina" by New College, Oxford, and "Inspiration" by Canterbury Cathedral). "Light Of The World" was recorded not long before the Abbey School closed for good, but fortunately they have been re-born as the equally excellent Schola Cantorum. The boys are now educated in Cheltenham, but choral singing at its finest is still very much alive at Tewkesbury, which is, by the way, a huge, cathedral-sized building and one of the grandest and most interesting anywhere. One of the most striking features of this CD is the utterly perfect sound of the boy choristers, in particular Andrew Swait. How on earth can a 10-year old boy sing like that? I was once a choirboy myself, but these trebles are in a totally different league! However, I must be fair and say that the adult members of the choir are similarly brilliant and that this ensemble as a whole would be very difficult to beat. I would go as far as to say that even if choral music is not really your thing, then this might just be the disc that changes your mind!
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Once upon a time there was a choirschool in Tewkesbury. His closure was a very sad thing, especially for the boys.
Once upon a time there was an exceptional treble, who now is a bass! Luckily his treble voice has been preserved on this CD, and on another too. England is blessed with its marvelous trebles, and it's always really moving to hear them sing. So this CD is very enjoyable.
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