An Evening Hymn

An Evening Hymn

An Evening Hymn
Release date: 
January 2003
  • Oliver Lepage-Dean (treble)
  • Christopher Whitton (organ)
  • The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
  • Christopher Robinson (director and piano)
  • Graham Walker (cello)
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Oliver Lepage-Dean is the latest in a long line of distinguished singers to come from the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, and is without doubt one of the finest treble voices of recent years. This compilations showcases this spectacular talent with outstanding performances of choral classics such as Stanford's Magnificat in G and Mendelssohn's Geistliches Lied, together with works from the secular repertoire including Richard Rodney Bennett's song-cycle The Aviary. Finally, no programme of songs would be complete without Gershwin, and this recital ends with his Love walked in, by way of an encore.

Track list

  1. O mysterium ineffabile (Jean Francois Lallouette)
  2. A Hymne to God the Father (Pelham Humfrey)
  3. An Evening Hymn to the Ground, "Now that the sun hath veiled his light" (Henry Purcell)
  4. Geistliches Lied (Felix Mendelssohn)
  5. 6 Hymns, Op. 113: No. 4. Hymn after the Song of Peace (Charles Villiers Stanford)
  6. Magnificat in G Major (Charles Villiers Standford)
  7. Litany to the Holy Spirit (Peter Hurford)
  8. 5 Mystical Songs: No. 4. The Call (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  9. Pie Jesu (Lili Boulanger)
  10. Requiem, Op. 9: Pie Jesu (Maurice Duruflé)
  11. The Aviary: No. 1. The bird's lament (Richard Rodney Bennett)
  12. The Aviary: No. 2. The owl (Richard Rodney Bennett)
  13. The Aviary: No. 3. The early nightingale (Richard Rodney Bennett)
  14. The Aviary: No. 4. The widow bird (Richard Rodney Bennett)
  15. The Aviary: No. 5. The lark (Richard Rodney Bennett)
  16. 3 Carols: No. 2. Balulalow (Peter Warlock)
  17. The First Mercy (Peter Warlock)
  18. The Birds (Peter Warlock)
  19. The Holy Boy (John Ireland)
  20. Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy (William Charles Denis Browne)
  21. A Christmas Carol (Arnold Bax)
  22. Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3 - British Isles: No. 1. The Plough Boy (Benjamin Britten)
  23. Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3 - British Isles: No. 6. O Waly, Waly (Benjamin Britten)
  24. Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 1 - British Isles: No. 7. Oliver Cromwell (Benjamin Britten)
  25. Goldwyn Follies: No. 5. Love walked in (George Gershwin)


His voice is well recorded: firm and even, true in pitch, pure in quality

John Steane, Gramophone (April 2003)

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  • Introit - Parsons: Ave Maria
  • Responses and Preces: Radcliffe
  • Psalm 25.1-8
  • Readings: Isaiah 40, 1-11, Luke 1, 57-66, 80
  • Jackson in G
  • MacMillan: Christus Vincit
  • Voluntary: Langlais, Acclamations (Suite Medievale)

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