Choral Music by Finzi, Bax & Ireland | Hyperion CDA68167

Choral Music by Finzi, Bax & Ireland


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68167

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 27th January 2017



A trio of English composers perhaps better known for their creative output in other fields, yet who played a crucial role in the development of the Anglican choral tradition in the twentieth century. James O’Donnell and Westminster Abbey Choir present a programme centred on Finzi’s Lo, the full, final sacrifice: the other works may be less familiar but are no less moving.


Finzi’s Lo, the full, final sacrifice is a work that can easily sprawl and seem shapeless, but not in this excellent new recording by James O’Donnell and his Westminster Abbey forces. ... The dark, slinking chromaticism of Bax’s This worldes joie also makes a strong impression, as do the more extroverted sections of John Ireland’s setting Greater love hath no man, though here again the tender entreaty of the coda is a particularly affecting moment.  Terry Blain (Choral & Song Choice)
BBC Music Magazine April 2017

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