DEO

Deo
Director of Music: 
Andrew Nethsingha
Organ Scholar: 
Edward Picton-Turbervill
Release date: 
May 2016
Record label: 
St John's Cambridge/Signum
Catalogue number: 
SIGCD456

The Choir presents an award-winning recording of sacred works by Jonathan Harvey - a composer with close associations with St John's, having studied there and been awarded an Honorary Fellowship.

Alongside Toccata for Organ and Tape and the organ solo Laus Deo, the recording also features the popular anthems Come, Holy GhostI love the Lord and two works, The Annunciation and The Royal Banners, written especially for the choir.

The disc received a BBC Music Magazine Award in the Choral category in 2017 and has received much critical acclaim.

Track list
  1. I Love the Lord
  2. Magnificat
  3. Nunc Dimittis
  4. Tocatta for Organ and Tape
  5. Come, Holy Ghost
  6. Praise ye the Lord
  7. Missa Brevis: Kyrie
  8. Missa Brevis: Gloria
  9. Missa Brevis: Sanctus and Benedictus
  10. Missa Brevis: Agnus Dei
  11. The Royal Banners Forward Go
  12. Laus Deo
  13. The Annunciation
"This is an essential disc not only for admirers of Jonathan Harvey’s work in general but for all those interested in contemporary sacred music"

Ivan Moody, Gramophone Magazine (Read full review here).

“ecstatic” “richly challenging” “The Choir tackles it all with confidence and clarity”

The Observer

“a terrific disc” “These are performances to treasure, of great intensity and remarkable power”

Planet Hugill

“The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, has done one of its old boys proud” “ambition has paid off handsomely” “the music on this disc is so varied and inspiring”

Financial Times

“Andrew Nethsingha and the St John’s forces have this often-challenging repertoire well under control, delivering characterful yet authoritative performances of which they can be justly proud” CD of the month

Choir and Organ

“Staggering. One of the most significant choral recordings of recent times?”

Simon Toyne (leading conductor and choir trainer)

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