|from The Stephen Derby Psalter Bodleian Library|
I am a fan of Gloria the Sunday morning radio programme dedicated to liturgical music with spoken elements delivered in Tim Thurston's measured tones with the pacing of a high ranking eclesiastical minister. Associated Editions have issued an eponymous companion volume to the radio programme in time for the Christmas market. Subtitled 'An Introduction to 1000 years of European Sacred Music, I expected a bulkier, more intimidating scholarly tome . Actually this is a slim attractive looking volume and is extended sleeve notes to an accompanying CD of a chronological selection of works, all with a Christmas or Advent theme by the main players of the genre. The recordings from the Hyperion catalogue are predominantly of established English choirs.
|Part of spread of stained glass images. |
A sleevenote of Wagnerian proportions or an Ernie Wise of a book (to quote Morecombe's gag about his comedy partner 'small and perfectly formed'), it is terrific value at €20. Worth it for any one of the three elements, CD, images or text, it will surely appeal to anyone with even a passing interest in choral singing.
Exeter Cathedral Choir at Christchurch Waterford