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GMCD 7110 – Creator Spirit – A 20th Century Choral Anthology

The Choir of Guildford Cathedral, Barry Rose – Director

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The Organ, Vol. 75 no. 295

As a series of performances this is truly an outstanding disc, though not all the items strike me as profoundly interesting.
Alan Gray’s settings of sonnets by Rupert Brooke have a dated air, whilst Easdale’s Ubi Caritas et Amor and Bourgeois’ Harvest Anthem strike one as little better than competent gabrauchsmusik. On the other hand the cherubic boys’ tone in two sets of Sacred Songs for Treble Voices by Ridout is irresistible, the rhythmic panache of Mathias’s Festival Te Deum, the rock-like splendour of Naylor’s Vox Dicentis, Clama and the profound spirituality of Harris’ Faire is The Heaven make this a disc to treasure.