Lincoln Cathedral Choir - Deep Peace

Saturday 1st August 1998
Lincoln Cathedral Choir - Deep Peace

STYLE: Choral
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Cantoris Soundalive

Reviewed by Simon Carpenter

Why a recording entitled 'Deep Peace' which includes some great atmospheric music in the choral repertoire should finish with a rousing Wurlitzer-type arrangement of the "Dambusters March" is beyond me.  But apart from that slight quibble (and to be fair, it is actually quite an entertaining arrangement of Coates' classic) there are some pretty good performances her of some of the standards - Faure ("Requiem" extracts, "Pavanne"), Mendelssohn, Mozart ("Ave verum"), Bach ("Jesu joy"), Stanford etc.  And of course that current favourite, Frank's "Panis Angelicus" is here too.  The performance of the latter is not as assured as the famous version we all heard a couple of years back, and Faure buffs, for example, will have better versions of the "Requiem" than the extracts here.  But the Lincoln choir is not bad, and this disc would give a lot of pleasure to those in need of a bit of "Deep Peace".  Sprinkled among the choral music are some organ solos, the last recordings of the famous Willis organ before its 1998 rebuild apparently.

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