English Choral Music: Leighton
Director of Music:Christopher Robinson
Organ Scholar:Christopher Whitton
Release date:February 2004
- James Oxley (Tenor)
- Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
- Gareth Jones (Baritone)
- Benjamin Durrant (Treble)
- Magnificat 'Collegium Magdalenae Oxoniense'
- Nunc dimittis 'Collegium Magdalenae Oxoniense'
- Give me the wings of faith
- An Easter Sequence
- Veni creator spiritus
- What love is this of thine?
- Crucifixus pro nobis
- Rockingham: Chorale Prelude on 'When I survey the wondrous Cross'
- Magnificat 'The Second Service'
- Nunc dimittis 'The Second Service'
James Oxley is a plangent soloist in this piece and Christopher Robinson's choir (2002 vintage) is on excellent form throughout, with especially clear diction. An atmospheric recording helps make this an outstanding contribution to Naxos's valuable series from St John's
Another of those star-filled CDs from St John’s recorded around 2002 with Davies, Clayton and Co. blending seamlessly into the ensemble
Robinson obtains very good singing from St John’s College Choir and the acoustic of St John’s College Chapel is splendidly captured in this fine Naxos recording
This is part of the outstanding series "English Choral Music" from Naxos.... As we have come to expect, this latest issue consists of first-rate performances, nearly flawless in technique and eloquent in interpretation
An outstanding release on all fronts; and the one to have, even if you already own any of the other Leighton releases
The Choir of St. John’s College and its director Christopher Robinson are totally at home in this music, powerfully conveying the drama of the Magdalen Magnificat in the huge tutti passages and then perfectly rendering the evocative opening of the anthem 'Give me the wings of faith' with just the right prayerful sensitivity
The contribution of Andrew Nethsingha and St John's College, Cambridge to the Evensong tradition - both in the chapel and on record - deserves great praise