on 7 November 2013
Along with the King James Bible and Shakespeare, Coverdale's translation of the Psalms of David - included in the Book of Common Prayer - is surely one of the most significant English texts. Anglican chant (the method used by Church of England cathedral and collegiate choirs of singing the psalms) is a distinctive type of choral music unique to the English cathedral music; it's basically a way of harmonising the original plainsong psalm-tones and making them a lot more interesting for the listener. The interest is further enhanced by colourful organ accompaniments which add even more variety.
This disc showcases one of the finest English cathedral choirs alongside one of the finest English organists, playing one of the finest English organs (the Lincoln Cathedral Willis organ). The singing is first rate, with a particularly strong, pure treble sound. For aficionados, Colin Walsh's accompaniments are pure gold, making this CD a must-buy for lovers of English cathedral music. Aric Prentice's direction of Lincoln Cathedral Choir results in a highly colourful and interesting interpretation of the psalms, with chants different to those recorded on the previous set of psalm discs from the Priory label.
Due to the quality of this disc, the next volume in the series is also from Lincoln, and features Lincoln's similarly talented Charles Harrison playing the organ and is worth looking out for.
on 15 April 2014
If you love Anglican psalmody, then this is an absolute must. Beautifully recorded, wonderfully performed, and featuring some of the best organ psalm accompaniments that you will ever hear, I can't recommend this highly enough.
on 19 August 2014
After several hearings I would give this six stars if I could. I love the way the choir allows extra space between the two parts of each verse. These are thoughtful, prayerful performances. Aric Prentice's direction is ideal. Colin Walsh's organ accompanment is outstanding. (I was privileged to hear him play in Wanganui, New Zealand in 2006)