Pendyrus Male Choir, The Cory Band - Gloria

Saturday 1st April 1995
Pendyrus Male Choir, The Cory Band - Gloria

STYLE: Choral
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Sain 4068

Reviewed by Tony May

An inspired teaming of a choice Welsh Male Voice Choir with a European Champion Brass Band. The programme features rousing renditions of, well, all sorts of goodies really, leading off with "Sound An Alarm" from Handel's oratorio 'Judas Maccabaeus'. The music's predominantly sacred Welsh hymns, a Shaker song, some classical pieces, eg, the title song, from a Latin mass, and Bach's "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring". Contemporary items include "Morte Criste", a meditation on the cross, and "Sleep Sweet", premiered in 1989. The combination of choir and brass is heavy on power, often to thunderous effect, though liberally sprinkled throughout with passages of sensitivity and tenderness. A very satisfying performance this, absorbing throughout.

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