Jonathan Rendell - Such A Feast

Published Monday 10th May 2004
Jonathan Rendell - Such A Feast
Jonathan Rendell - Such A Feast

STYLE: Choral
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Lammas LAMM138D

Reviewed by Steven Whitehead

Jonathan Rendell continues a family tradition of choristership, as both his father and a grandfather were head choristers at Westminster Abbey. Jonathan was born in Windsor in 1988 and joined the choir of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, in 1999. He has - or had - a fine voice. Since September 2002 he has been studying violin at St Mary's Music School. If his adult voice is as good as his treble then I fully expect to hear more from him. The title for this pleasant recital is taken from a line in Vaughan Williams' "The Call" and the whole collection is truly a feast for those who like the distinctive sound of a boy treble and indeed all who enjoy good songs sung well. Chronologically we go from Bach's "Bist du Bei Mir" to "O Sacrum Convivium" by Matthew Owens, the director and organist on this CD. I particularly liked "Panis Angelicus" by Franck with William Conway on cello but there is much else to enjoy on this disc.

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