Veni Creator Spiritus: Works for Organ by John Lambert and his Students | Regent Records REGCD252

Veni Creator Spiritus: Works for Organ by John Lambert and his Students


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Label: Regent Records

Cat No: REGCD252

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 24th February 2014



Timothy Bond (organ)
Janice Watson (soprano)
Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)


Anderson, Avril

The Grass is Sleeping

Blackford, Richard

Mirror of Perfection
» V Canticle of the Birds (arr. Timothy Bond)

Carpenter, Gary

Variations for organ

Lambert, John

Echo toccata
Ricercare no.2
Veni creator spiritus

Sutton-Anderson, David



Timothy Bond (organ)
Janice Watson (soprano)
Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)


John Lambert (1926-1995), was a highly-influential composer and teacher, whose composition students included such diverse established figures as Oliver Knussen, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Simon Bainbridge, Julian Anderson, David Fanshawe and Barrington Pheloung.

John Lambert studied at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, and with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. From 1958 until 1962 he was Musical Director of the Old Vic theatre, a post he relinquished to take up the position of Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music, where he remained until his retirement in 1990.

For many years John Lambert was also Organist of St Vedast, Foster Lane, in the city of London, and this disc features all of Lambertís solo organ music - with the exception of the monumental Organ Mass, previously recorded by Timothy Bond on Regent REGCD205 Ė together with organ works by his students, David Sutton Anderson, Avril Anderson and Gary Carpenter.

Also included are Lambertís powerful setting of Veni creator spiritus, for soprano, mezzo-soprano and organ, and Timothy Bondís arrangement for the same forces of the beautiful Canticle of the Birds, by another John Lambert pupil, Richard Blackford. These two works are sung on this disc by internationally-known artists: soprano Janice Watson, and mezzo-soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers.

The works show part of the vast range of diverse musical styles represented by John Lambert and his students.

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