Meditation

Meditation
Director of Music: 
David Hill
Organ Scholar: 
Jonathan Vaughn
Release date: 
July 2004
Featuring: 
  • Theo Bamber (Solo)
  • Quintin Beer (Solo)
  • Benjamin Durrant (Solo)
  • Joseph Gardom (Solo - Trebles)
  • Lester Lardenoye (Solo - Alto)
  • Allan Clayton (Solo - Tenor)
  • George Humphreys (Solo - Bass)
Record label: 
SJCR
Catalogue number: 
SJCR103-2

Meditation celebrates the completion of David Hill's first year at St John's, and is a highly personal choice of music for Advent, Lent and Passiontide. It is an extraordinarily diverse sequence of pieces, which show the emotional and musical range of the Choir. Allegri's Miserere and Lotti's Crucifixus are deeply loved masterpieces and there are works by composers ranging from Arvo Part to Thomas Tallis as well as Jonathan Harvey's fine new work, which was commissioned for the Choir in 2004. Philip Moore's settings of the three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer are especially moving and fine solos from treble Quintin Beer.

Producer: John Rutter

Track list
  1. Miserere mei, Deus, Allegri
  2. Ne irascaris, Byrd
  3. O vos omnes, Casals
  4. The Beatitudes, Part
  5. The royal banners forward go, Harvey
  6. Crucifixus, Lotti
  7. O salutaris hostia, Tallis
  8. Crux fidelis, John IV, King of Portugal
  9. Nunc dimittis, Holst
  10. O salutaris hostia, Rossini
The Elizabethan motets are sung with evident love for the rise and fall of their long-breathed phrases. Jonathan Harvey's new work is handled imaginatively and owes much to the excellence of its treble soloist, Benjamin Durrant. The prayers of Pastor Bonhoeffer set by Philip Moore, though not new to the catalogue, are newly, and deeply, moving.

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19 May 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Radcliffe
  • Psalm 99 (Whitlock)
  • Berkeley (Chichester Service)
  • Finnissy: Dum transisset Sabbatum
  • Hymns 394, 117
  • Preacher: The Dean
  • Voluntary: J. S. Bach  Fugue in E minor (BWV 548ii)

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