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In the Beginning

Choral Masterpieces of the 1940s

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

Andrew Nethsingha


Jeremy Kenyon

alto

Allan Smith

bass

James Birchall

bass

Frances Bourne

mezzo-soprano

Robert Houssart

organ

James Gilchrist

tenor

Jonathan Hyde

treble

Gloucester Cathedral Choir



Venue:

Gloucester Cathedral



Producer:

Colin Rae



Engineer:

Colin Rae



Record Label
Avie Records

Genre:

Organ


Choir

Total Time - 70:23
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In the Beginning

 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

(1913-1976)
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Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30 (Festival Cantata)

17:53  
1 Rejoice in God, O ye Tongues 4:13
2 For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry 2:22
3 For the Mouse ia a creature of great personal valour 1:02
4 For the flowers are great blessings 2:20
5 For I am under the same accusation with my Saviour 7:56
 Jonathan Hyde treble
 Jeremy Kenyon alto
 James Gilchrist tenor
 Allan Smith bass
 

ILDEBRANDO PIZZETTI

(1880-1968)
 

Tre composizioni corali

18:41  
6 I Cadre la sera 3:56
7 II Ululate 5:40
8 III Recordare, Domine 9:05
   
 

GERALD FINZI

(1901-1956)
9 

Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice, Op. 26

15:32
 Jonathan Hyde treble
 James Gilchrist tenor
 James Birchall bass
 

AARON COPLAND

(1900-1990)
10 

In the Beginning

18:17
 Frances Bourne mezzo-soprano


The works on In the Beginning were all written in the shadow or the aftermath of World War II, and unite composers of three nationalities who shared a gift of marrying melody to poetry. Finzi’s Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice, written in 1946, was the composer’s longest single stretch of music he had so far attempted, and also his first attempt at writing for organ. The Italian composer Ildebrando Pizzetti eschewed the modernist trends of his colleagues; his Tre composizioni corali, from 1942-43, are informed by his immersion in Renaissance polyphony and profound Christianity. Britten’s influential Rejoice in the Lamb was written in 1943 shortly after his return to the UK from America, where he met Aaron Copland, whose In the Beginning, a setting of the complete first chapter of the book of Genesis and much of the second from the King James Bible, concludes the disc. As the successor to the boys and monks of the Benedictine Abbey, The Gloucester Cathedral Choir boasts a tradition tracing back over 900 years. Henry VIII established their current incarnation, along with the Church of England, in 1539. Andrew Nethsingha, the choir’s Music Director at the time of this recording, was a chorister at Exeter Cathedral, where his father, the distinguished Sri Lankan-born English church musician Lucian Nethsingha, was director of music for 26 years. He studied at the Royal College of Music where he was awarded seven prizes and was the youngest cathedral organist in Britain when appointed to Truro Cathedral in 1994. In addition to singing in six services every week, the Gloucester Cathedral Choir is heard annually at the Three Choirs Festival, and regularly at the Cheltenham International Festival and on BBC radio and television broadcasts.

"...I enjoyed this disc very much. It offers a stimulating and enterprising programme, which is well executed. I can honestly put local pride aside and give this disc an objective but very warm recommendation."

John Quinn

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