The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, under the direction of Stephen Darlington, gives glorious renderings of rich 15th-century English sacred music from the Eton Choirbook, by Browne, Cornysh, Davy, Lambe and Wylkynson.
Following a critically acclaimed recording of music from the Eton Choirbook, More Divine Than Human (AV2167), The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford returns with a second volume from the vast collection of 15th-century English sacred music, Choirs of Angels. The works range from John Browne's richly scored eight-part O Maria salvatoris mater, the first piece in the Eton Choirbook, to William Cornysh's exquisite miniature Ave Maria mater Dei, the choirbook's shortest work. The compositional range in the Eton Choirbook demands extraordinary virtuosity from its performers, and Stephen Darlington and his choir of men and boys do this glorious music tremendous justice.
Personnel: The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Stephen Darlington (director)
Critical acclaim for The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford's More Divine Than Human:
"A disc to send the spirits soaring. Glorious beyond words." - Gramophone, Best of 2009
"Hugely appealing...natural, spacious, rich, expressive performances." - The Sunday Times
"They do a fantastic job and the soundworld is terrific." - BBC Music Magazine
Oeuvres de Browne, Cornysh, Davy, Lambe & Wylkynson / The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford - Stephen Darlington, direction