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Recording details: May 2013
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Engineered by Martin Haskell
Release date: August 2014
Total duration: 6 minutes 5 seconds
Cover artwork: St Paulís Cathedral, the proposed new high altar (1948) by Reginald Kirby
'It's thrilling to hear much-loved works by Stanford and Walmisley so well sung, together with less familiar pieces by Alan Gray, Michael Tippett and Charles Wood. Andrew Carwood and the St Paul's Cathedral Choir pay scrupulous attention to the tiniest of details, so that every word and note come across as something precious and sacred. The wonderfully colourful accompaniments of organist Simon Johnson are, by turns, both dramatic and lyrical. This is choral singing at its finest; in every way, listening to this glorious CD is a heavenly experience' (Gramophone)» More
'St Paul's Cathedral Choir gives us here a really fine and outstandingly sung collection of canticles, some of them quite familiar and others decidedly not. In addition, 'canticles' does not refer only to the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis; we also hear settings of the Benedicite, the Te Deum and the Jubilate' (International Record Review)» More
Malcolm Archer (b1952) is much in demand as a conductor and composer. He was educated in Lytham before studying at the Royal College of Music and Jesus College, Cambridge. He held posts at Bristol and Norwich Cathedrals before being appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Wells Cathedral in 1996. In 2004 he became Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral before moving to Winchester College in 2007 where he is Director of Chapel Music and Organist. His setting of the Benedicite was written for the 2004 Southern Cathedrals Festival. A gently undulating opening leads to an energetic middle section which uses an ostinato figure in the pedal part of the organ before a return to the opening material and a gentle end.