This recording brings together two of today's finest British organist/composers and includes specially commissioned works. Jeremy Filsell's music is rooted in a long liturgical tradition and ranges from a poignant Epitaph to a Te Deum
which recreates the spirit of William Walton's glorious piece for the 1953 Coronation. David Briggs's Pange lingua
portrays the wonders of the Holy Communion in music, and his dramatic and grandiose Messe pour Saint-Sulpice
also has moments of quiet, emotional profundity. The Vasari Singers' Great British Anthems (8.572504) has been described as "essential listening" (Gramophone).
The Vasari Singers
have already been recognised as superb performers, with their acclaimed album Great British Anthems
(8.572504) given "Recommended" status by Gramophone
magazine. Jeremy Filsell's reputation as a performer also precedes him in his accompaniment of songs by Vierne (8.572346) and Widor (8.572345) which have been acclaimed as "deeply felt and extremely communicative" (Fanfare
). The creative frisson
of the close collaborations in this recording makes it uniquely special, with both composers performing alongside the Vasari Singers and providing invaluable insight into their works, including those specially commissioned for this CD.
Filsell : Tomorrow shall be my dancing day - Epitaph - If God build not the house - The Transfiguration... Briggs : Pange lingua - Messe pour Saint-Sulpice... / Jeremy Filsell & David Briggs, orgue - Vasari Singers - Jeremy Backhouse, direction