"The UK’s cathedral choirs are surely musical jewels in the crown...The trebles/girls do very well with the ultra-high challenge of Tavener’s ‘Collegium Regale’, while the whole disc is ‘led out’ by Charles Harrison’s simply superb account of Flor Peeters’ bright and imposing ‘Toccata, Fugue et Hymne sur Ave Maris Stella’. There is great depth to the recording."
Colin Clarke - MusicWeb - 13 October 2005
"...Lincoln Cathedral is dedicated to St Mary, so it is entirely appropriate that its choir should have devoted this disc to music composed in her honour; and there’s certainly plenty from which to choose. Lincoln’s highly gifted Director of Music, Aric Prentice, has chosen well, selecting a good range of music and styles, stretching from Medieval chants to a jolly piece of pseudo-American light music by Wayne Marshall, and inspiring his choir to perform them with great verve and aplomb.
The recorded sound here is sumptuous and the Cathedral’s ample acoustic, nicely caught in Michael Ponder’s sympathetic recording, generously enhances the choir’s sound.
... a disc of wonderful music, performed with great sensitivity and captured in quite magical sound."
Marc Rochester - International Record Review - November 2005
"The girl and boy choristers of Lincoln Cathedral join forces with the men in music in praise of the Mother of God. This is the first Choral CD from the cathedral in nix years and if this is anything to go by 1 can’t wait for the next. The music spans the centuries from plainchant to Tavener, Carter and Wayne Marshall, with many intervening stops along the way. The two Sets of young choristers have a very different tone and it’s fun to Spot who is singing what. It gives lie to the remark that boys aren’t good when there are girls around. The fervour of the choir is remarkable and uplifting. In keeping with the programme the two Organ Works – given an exemplary performance by Charles Harrison – are by Langlais and Flor Peeters." *****
Choir & Organ - January/February 2006
"...The Blessed Virgin Mary is the patron saint of Lincoln Cathedral, so it is fitting that the Lincoln Cathedral Choir’s new disc should be of music composed in honour of her. This is the first CD an which the boy and girl choristers are heard singing together. The result is a richly toned treble line, ably supported by the thirteen Gentlemen. The programme ranges from plainsong to contemporary pieces. An eight-part setting of the Magnificat by Praetorius sounds very fine in the cathedral’s generous acoustic. The ravishing First movement of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater is a welcome inclusion ...Some organ Solos provide opportunities to hear the magnificent Lincoln Willis; and it is an organ piece, Flor Peeters’s glorious Toccata, Fugue et Hymne sur Ave Marin Stella that brings the disc to a majestic conclusion."
Church Music Quarterly - December 2006
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