The Parry songs are undoubtedly the highlight of this recording. The first, My soul, there is a country, is devilishly difficult to pull off with its stops and starts and numerous speed changes. Nigel Short and Tenebrae navigate it with ease and make good use of the full dynamics of the score. The others are no less impressive.
Take him, earth, for cherishing by Herbert Howells is a piece that I've struggled to like over the years despite being a huge Howells fan. The writing is impressive and my other recordings are very good, but I haven't enjoyed listening to the piece until now. The version here works for me in a way that the others don't - I can't even define why. I have other recordings of some of the other pieces on this CD by notable choirs but each Tenebrae performance is as close to my view of perfection as I could hope for. Bring us O Lord God is the companion piece to Faire is the Heaven, W H Harris's masterpiece. He never wrote anything else like those two works and it is a piece that deserves greater exposure.
Well done guys!