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A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN ON EARTH,
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This review is from: The Music of St Paul's (Audio CD)
I found this finely produced/generously filled -but budget price- album a superb disc of the world-renowned English Cathedral choral tradition at its very best.
Amongst the items is perhaps the most atmospheric recording I have yet to hear of the famous Allegri'Misereri'- the lone boy treble's 'high C's' floating -haunting and mesmerising- beautifully up and around Wren's massive dome.
As well as famous anthems -all given complete-, there are well-loved hymns such as "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind" and "The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended" -all with wonderful descants.
Although the sound is perhaps rather hard (Wren's massive Portland stone building and ambience) nevertheless, the disc somehow remains intensely beautiful.
The cover picture is misleading -it is in fact the full choir (men and boys) rather than merely the trebles as photographed.
With complete texts enclosed, I doubt if there can be a better bargain at any price for anyone wishing to sample (or to give to a friend) the beauty of heaven-inspired music -surely the English Cathedral tradition at its very finest.