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DA 5053
The Testament of Dr. Cranmer

Hugill: Sacred Choral and vocal music

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Chameleon Arts Orchestra


Paul Brough


Eight Fifteen Vocal Ensemble

Choir

Paul Ayres

organ

Christopher Watson

tenor

Simon Baggs

violin

Venue:

All Saints Church East Finchley



Engineer:

Geoff Addis



Record Label
Divine Art

Genre:

Chamber


Contemporary

Total Time - 76:05
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The Testament of Dr. Cranmer

   
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ROBERT HUGILL

     
1 

The Lord Bless Thee

5:09
  world premiere recording  
 Christopher Watson tenor
     
2 

Fath, Hope and Charity

5:10
  world premiere recording  
 Simon Baggs violin
     
3 

What is Man?

15:06
  world premiere recording  
 Christopher Watson tenor
 Simon Baggs violin
     
 

Four Motets from Tempus per Annum

 
4 I 1. Ad te levavi 3:21
  world premiere recording  
  Eight Fifteen Vocal Ensemble choir
5 II 2. Populus Sion 4:41
  world premiere recording  
  Eight Fifteen Vocal Ensemble Choir
6 III 3. Gaudete 2:01
  world premiere recording  
  Eight Fifteen Vocal Ensemble Choir
7 IV 4. Rorate coeli 2:40
  world premiere recording  
  Eight Fifteen Vocal Ensemble Choir
     
8 

The Testament of Dr. Cranmer

21:14
  world premiere recording  
  Eight Fifteen Vocal Ensemble Choir
     
9 

Magnificat

6:24
  world premiere recording  
  Eight Fifteen Vocal Ensemble Choir
 Paul Ayres organ
     
10 

Salve Regina

4:08
  world premiere recording  
  Eight Fifteen Vocal Ensemble Choir
     
11 

Agnus Dei

2:08
  world premiere recording  
  Eight Fifteen Vocal Ensemble Choir
 Paul Ayres organ
     
12 

Nunc Dimittis

4:03
  world premiere recording  
  Eight Fifteen Vocal Ensemble Choir
 Paul Ayres organ
 Paul Brough


Robert Hugill has established a reputation as a fine composer of sacred music, contemporary yet totally accessible and tonal.  HIs extended works The Testament of Dr Cranmer, based on the speech given by Cranmer just before being burnt to death, and What is Man?, are joined by several shorter liturgical pieces all demonstrating Hugill’s distinctive style.
 


“Hugill’s style is attractive and accessible, though far from anodyne… a practical church composer of real inspiration… an original, yet highly personable voice. Tenor Christopher Watson gives poised dignity… while Simon Baggs is equally eloquent. The strings of the Chameleon Arts Orchestra provide solid support. Conductor Paul Brough oversees proceedings with a precision and restraint that suites Hugill’s pellucid texture”

William Yeoman

Classical Source

“The Testament of Dr Cranmer, an interestingly made musical account of the close of Dr Cranmer’s life… contains some beautifully taught harmonic pungency. The choral singers are excellent, and Christopher Watson has a most appealing tenor voice, featuring in two pieces with string orchestra. The four Latin motets from Hugill’s collection Tempus per Annum, all must appeal to any church choir. The performances are excellent and the recording serves both singers and orchestra well and makes listening a pleasure.”

Patric Standford

Sound & Vision

"[Christopher Watson’s] beauty of sound appears effortless, yet he brings the impassioned moments directly to our attention with style. The eight voices of the ‘eight:fifteen’ vocal ensemble produce a radiant sound...Brough capably directs the two very different groups of musicians with considerable aplomb. This is a disc of initial unknowns, but the end result is delightful."

Will Dawes
 

Church Music Quarterly

“Overall the music is sincere and communicative and it’s expertly performed. Several passages are searingly dramatic but there are a number of more meditative, prayerful sections. This well produced disc features committed performances from musicians who serve Robert Hugill well. The sound is excellent and the documentation, including notes by the composer, is very good”

John Quinn

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