This CD is a bit of a tease! Anthems and canticles for the church's year are sung by either boys and men or girls and men from York Minster Choir - snd the booklet does not tell us who is singing in each item. It does, however, give details of soloists and so the game is given away for some of the items. This adds interest to the disc and it is difficult to tell whether girls or boys are singing!
I enjoyed every item of music and there was a good mix of old and new. Some of the music was written for York Minster and it is not just the main festivals of the church year that are represented; lesser feasts and saints' days are also there which gives scope for a greater variety of music. Some of the anthems were written for York Minster. Unaccompanied pieces outweigh those with organ. I thought it a pity that the festivals of Christmas, Easter and Pentecost were all represented by unaccompanied music and it would have been good to have a Psalm in the programme. Nevertheless, the singing is good and clear and the disc is lengthy at almost 77 minutes.
For me, one particular anthem stood out: 'O Sacrum Convivium', written by by George Haynes, a Choral Scholar in the Minster Choir. I found this to be very atmospheric with an air of mystery surrounding it. A word of praise too for Organist, David Pipe and especially for his bold accompaniment in John Blow's splendid Lenten anthem, 'Salvator Mundi'.
Altogether, this CD is an excellent advertisement for a series of six such recordings (I believe) on the accomplished 'Regent' Label.