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Choral Concert: Choir of St. John's, Elora - TAVENER, J. / STAINER, J. POULENC, F. / STANFORD, C.V. (Psalms and Motets for Reflection)

Choral Concert: Choir of St. John's, Elora - TAVENER, J. / STAINER, J. POULENC, F. / STANFORD, C.V. (Psalms and Motets for Reflection)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Edison, Noel


Noel Edison

Conductor

Michael Bloss

Soloist

Noel Edison

Soloist

Choir of St John's, Elora



Venue:

St. John's Church, Elora, Ontario



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Choir


Classical

Total Time - 73:19
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Choral Concert: Choir of St. John's, Elora - TAVENER, J. / STAINER, J. POULENC, F. / STANFORD, C.V. (Psalms and Motets for Reflection)

     
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BIBLE - OLD TESTAMENT

1 

Psalm 47

2:53
 Noel Edison Soloist
     
 

JOHANNES ECCARD

2 

Maria wallt zum Heiligtum (When to the temple Mary went) (Sung in English)

3:51
 Noel Edison Conductor
     
 

JAMES MACMILLAN

3 

A New Song

5:37
 Michael Bloss Soloist
     
 

BIBLE - OLD TESTAMENT

4 

Psalm 2

3:33
 Noel Edison Soloist
     
 

JOHN TAVENER

5 

The Lamb

2:55
 Noel Edison Conductor
     
 

FRANCIS POULENC

6 

4 Motets pour un temps de penitence, FP 97

3:50
 Noel Edison Conductor
     
 

BIBLE - OLD TESTAMENT

7 

Psalm 121

2:29
 Noel Edison Soloist
     
 

THOMAS WILLIAM HANFORTH

8 

Psalm 145

5:23
 Michael Bloss Soloist
     
 

PAUL HALLEY

9 

Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies

5:04
 Noel Edison Soloist
     
 

FRANCIS POULENC

10 

4 Motets pour un temps de penitence, FP 97

3:02
 Noel Edison Conductor
     
 

BIBLE - OLD TESTAMENT

11 

Psalm 96

3:46
 Michael Bloss Soloist
     
 

CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD

12 

Te Deum Laudamus in B flat

7:06
 Michael Bloss Soloist
     
 

JOHN STAINER

13 

The Crucifixion

3:24
 Noel Edison Conductor
     
 

STEPHEN PAULUS

14 

The Three Hermits

3:36
 Noel Edison Conductor
     
 

IVOR ATKINS

15 

Psalm 107, "O Give thanks unto the Lord"

4:24
 Michael Bloss Soloist
     
 

EDWARD CUTLER

16 

Psalm 27

4:49
 Michael Bloss Soloist
     
 

JONATHAN HARVEY

17 

Remember, O Lord

3:04
 Noel Edison Conductor
     
 

BIBLE - OLD TESTAMENT

18 

Psalm 19

4:33
 Michael Bloss Soloist
 Edison, Noel


Choral elements from Protestant, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and medieval traditions are included in this anthology of anthems and motets, many drawing inspiration from the Psalms. They range from sixteenth-century Germany (Eccard), through the nineteenth-century Anglican tradition of Hanforth, Stainer and Stanford and the twentieth-century Catholicism of Poulenc, to contemporary England (Rose, Tavener, Harvey), Scotland (MacMillan), Australia (Halley) and the USA (Paulus). Previous recordings from the Choir of St John’s, Elora have been described as “a real joy” (Gramophone on 8.557037, Faire is the Heaven), and “world-class…sensational” (ClassicsToday.com on 8.554823, Psalms for the Soul).

"...  many of these Psalm-settings will evoke nostalgia from musically senisitive Anglicans ... organ support is excellent ..."

Lindsay Koob - American Record Guide - November/December 2013


"The Choir of St John’s, Elora, director Noel Edison and organist Michael Bloss are at it again, with a new Naxos release titled Psalms and Motets for Reflection, a fine collection of Anglican music that is worth the attention of even the most adamant non-believer. When done well—as it is here—there is a wonderfully elastic yet predictable cadence to the singing that is as conducive to relaxing a tortured soul ... The choir is beautifully balanced and Bloss does a fine job in colouring the organ accompaniments. The overall audio quality is warm, soft-edged and clear. Turn down the lights, switch off the mobile devices, and enjoy."
 
John Terauds - Musical Toronto - March 2013

 "This is an exceptional and very handy collection of international choral motets and psalms. I didn’t need another version of Tavener’s The Lamb, and you probably didn’t either, but it’s a marvelous and justly popular work. Everything else on this generously-filled disc is entirely welcome and hard to find elsewhere. The tracks are sensibly laid out to create a real sense of flow, and the quality of singing, organ playing, and interpretation is first-rate. Even if you don’t gravitate naturally to such a recording, you may find yourself captivated by the sheer tonal beauty of the works here. It’s especially interesting to look at the evolution of religious music over time, and how easily the Elora singers navigate the changing moods and texts.Noel Edison has proved himself to be one of the finest choral conductors working today. Each recording he and his choirs make is not only terrifically sung, but very well engineered. This disc is no exception. Balances between sections are superb, and the acoustics at the choirs’ home base in Ontario are equally so. Simply stunning." 

 
Brian Wigman - Classical Net - May 2013
 



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