“… This most enjoyable survey of his [Wesley’s] sacred compositions includes several of his best known works, including substantial anthems with contrasting sections… Any aficionado of Anglican church music owes it to himself to explore this. The St John’s College Choir performs with admirable facility and sincere sacred sentiment. Chandos sees to exceptional sound quality as well as a complete and useful booklet.”
Lindsay Koob – American Record Guide – September/October 2013
“...this disc ranks highly as a basic compendium of Wesley’s music... Andrew Nethsingha conducts vibrant performance of some of Wesley’s most famous works.”
William Kreindler - MusicWeb-International.com – May 2013
"... St John’s College Choir goes all out to explore the drama, interacting with John Challenger’s organ playing ... the overall effect is enjoyable."
David Hansell - Early Music Review - June 2013
“This is a lovely CD of fine music, beautifully performed and recorded. A demonstration disc all round. The presentation is excellent.” *****
Eve Edwards – Musical Opinion magazine – May-June 2013
"... As an introduction to the oeuvre of Wesley this disc is an unequivocal success. I hope that this choir will complete the picture with a recording of some of the lesser-known compositions."
Johan van Veen - MusicWeb-International.com - April 2013
“...Andrew Nethsingha directs splendidly, the performance as broad and grand as one could wish... this is a disc to uplift the spirits.”
Richard Lawrence – Gramophone magazine – April 2013
Performance **** Recording *****
“...this is an attractive programme, sung with expertise and devotion.”
Terry Blain – BBC Music magazine – April 2013
“...Challenger is clearly firmly in his element here, his lusty accompaniments unashamedly full-blooded and his dexterity verging on the miraculous ... If Challenger is having fun, the choir is having an absolute ball ... it is inconceivable that he [Wesley] could ever have imagined his music being performed with such consummate technical skill and musical artistry, or by a choir of such immaculate blend and taut ensemble as this...”
Marc Rochester – International Record Review – March 2013
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