Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill - Thomas Weelkes: Anthems

Thursday 1st October 1992
Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill - Thomas Weelkes: Anthems
Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill - Thomas Weelkes: Anthems

STYLE: Choral
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11594-
LABEL: Hyperion
FORMAT: CD Album

Reviewed by Dave Massey

The chamber organ is much milder (thankfully) and more delicate an instrument than it's gargantuan cousin and here provides a beautiful and well bal­anced accompaniment to the Weelkes Anthems. All of Weelkes' melodies have a haunting and memorable beauty when deftly played by Byram Wisfield that deserves to be much more widely known and the Win­chester Cathederal Choir do them great justice. Especially poignant are "All Laud And Praise" and the expansive counterpoint of "Laboraui In Gemitu Meo". A great deal of enjoyment was derived by me from the lyrical playing of Mr Brian Wigfield on the two voluntaries, oozing Elizabethan charm and simplicity and t the recording provides a delicate harmonic I to the choral work. The "Alleluia" is a i five parts that gives the singers little i they do battle with a tour de force of , both stirring and memorable. Possibly the tact Siat Weelkes was as much a secular com-r accounts for the catchy and melodic style of his innings, as they were grounded in the popular culture of the day. Whatever, some great music results and I don't think it could be performed better. I'll reserve one star though, just in case

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