"Not to be missed"
The Organ - 27 February 2000
Rick Jones - Evening Standard 23 March 2000
"Above all, this is an emotionally convincing performance, tightly directed by Benjamin Nicholàs and well recorded." "WARMLY RECOMENDED"
Simon Heighs - International Records Review - April 2000
"...The Choir of Lincoln College, the Oxford Contemporary Sinfonia, and soloists from the Royal Philharmonic link choral processionals which are raw settings of medieval. All is skilfully held together by the conductor, Benjamin Nicholas, who brings to this recording all the momentum of a live performance"
Hillary Finch - The Times - 18 April 2000
Record of the MONTH
"For something off the beaten track that is utterly compelling in its thrilling combination of the liturgical and dramatic, readers should urgently seek out John Caldwell’s Good Friday (Record of the Month). The natural generic successor to Britten’s canticles, Caldwell’s musical language achieves a Berg-like intensity on occasion, but it is the haunting reminiscences of everything from Brahms, Stravinsky and Walton to Gregorian Chant flowing effortlessly in and out of the music that leave the greatest impression. This reaches levels of almost Satie-like, vaudeville parody in the passage featuring Peter’s first denial, yet the overriding impression of this extraordinary work is a majestic nobility that – stylistic disparity aside – I found hauntingly reminiscent of Honegger’s Le roi David."
Julian Haylock - Classics FM - August 2000
"...a veritable compulsory purchase."
Michael Ball - Organist’s Review - August 2000
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