Judith Bingham, Stephen Farr - The Everlasting Crown

Published Monday 12th March 2012
Judith Bingham, Stephen Farr - The Everlasting Crown
Judith Bingham, Stephen Farr - The Everlasting Crown

STYLE: Classical
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Resonus RES10108
FORMAT: Digital Only Album

Reviewed by Steven Whitehead

Promenaders may remember the first performance of 'The Everlasting Crown' at the 2011 Proms; if you missed it then here it is again in a variety of download formats from MP3 up to 24-bit studio quality masters along with a full colour booklet as a PDF. The booklet cover would make a splendid Christmas card, being an icon of what could be one of the three kings although it is actually Edward the Confessor. However although the music is certainly spiritual it is not specifically Christian. I am sure organ enthusiasts will enjoy hearing the newly refurbished Harrison & Harrison organ of St Albans Cathedral (picture and tech spec available in the booklet) and organist Stephen Farr, Director of Music at St Paul's, Knightsbridge and also Worcester College, Oxford gives an excellent performance. Judith Bingham (born 1952) has drawn on the stories surrounding some of the world's most precious stones - and their owners - to paint a musical picture for us. This is a piece to listen to with your eyes closed and your imagination switched on. Perhaps it could be used as an aid for meditating on the eternal throne as well as the everlasting crown but this may be reading in too much. If you enjoy contemporary organ music then this is worth investigating. It lasts just thirty-one minutes (and leaves us wanting more, always a good sign) but this brevity is reflected in the price so it is a safe recommendation.

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