KYRIE

KYRIE
Director of Music: 
Andrew Nethsingha
Organ Scholar: 
Joseph WicksGlen Dempsey
Release date: 
September 2017
Featuring: 
  • Anne Denholm (Harp)
Record label: 
St John's Cambridge/Signum
Catalogue number: 
SIGCD489

The third Choir disc on our 'St John's Cambridge' label in collaboration with Signum Records​ features Francis Poulenc's Mass in G, Zoltán Kodály's Missa Brevis and Leoš Janáček's Otčenáš.

The three works were written in the context of the traumatic first half of the 20th Century; indeed Kodály's Mass was premiered in the city of Budapest whist it was under siege. Despite all three composers experiencing life-defining moments of loss, each has used their unique musical characters to produce music rich in a variety of colours and textures. To hear more about the music of the disc, watch the interview with our Director Andrew Nethsingha below.

The album is available to order now. It was released Friday, 15th September 2017.

Track list
  1. Mass in G (FP 89), Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
  2. Missa Brevis, Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
  3. Otčenáš (JW IV/29), Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)
Another worthwhile disc from this top collegiate choir.
Sung with characteristic “European” ripeness of tone and precision
There is a transparency, delicacy and clarity to the textures on this disc
The results make for rewarding and thought-provoking listening

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2 November 2018

This week's webcast is of the Eucharist held on All Souls' Day, which commemorates All Souls, the Holy Souls, or the Faithful Departed; that is, the souls of Christians who have died. The setting of the Requiem Mass is Maurice Duruflé's monumental Op. 9, published in 1948.

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The Choir processing in to St John’s College Chapel

The Choir’s Advent Carol Service – as well as the Choir’s latest release, Advent Live – featured on BBC Radio 3 this weekend

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Fiona Maddocks, The Observer