Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – Ian King: Music for Gloucester Cathedral (2022) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – Ian King: Music for Gloucester Cathedral (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:22:18 minutes | 1,35 GB | Genre: Classical
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SOMM Recordings is delighted to announce the first recordings of church music by Ian King composed for, and performed by, Gloucester Cathedral Choir. Led by the Cathedral’s Director of Music, Adrian Partington, with Nia Llewelyn Jones, conductor of the Girls’ Choristers, and Assistant Director of Music Jonathan Hope as organist, the choir presents first recordings of 11 works composed between 2012 and 2020 by Ian King. All were first performed in the imposing surroundings of Gloucester Cathedral, where this recording was made in June 2021.

Ian King died shortly before the sessions took place but had worked closely with Adrian Partington in planning this recording and was delighted that these choral works were to be committed to recording by the choir for which they were written. The programme includes the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis commissioned for the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival in 2016, a setting of the St. John Passion, specifically designed for liturgical use, and a wonderfully atmospheric realisation of Carol Ann Duffy’s poem, The Christmas Truce.

Adrian Partington commented: “I believe that in time Ian King will be recognized as a significant composer of Anglican Church Music. It has been a privilege for me to conduct all these wonderful works; I am delighted that the Gloucester Cathedral Choir has made their premiere recordings. These, and the rest of Ian’s choral output, deserve to be widely known and performed. I hope our recording will bring them to the attention of other conductors and choirs”.

This recording continues the relationship between SOMM Recordings and Gloucester Cathedral Choir. Their premiere recording of Ian Venables’ Requiem, with shorter pieces by Ivor Gurney, John Joubert and John Sanders was hailed by BBC Music Magazine as “highly commendable… luminous and majestic”, by the Daily Telegraph as “subtle but gripping”, while Choir & Organ’s five-star review declared it “intensely beautiful”.

Tracklist:
01. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: The Gloucester Service: I. Magnificat (05:59)
02. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: The Gloucester Service: II. Nunc dimittis (05:10)
03. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: We Beseech Thee, Almighty God (Collect for the Fifth Sunday of Lent) (02:35)
04. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: O Clap Your Hands (02:52)
05. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: O God, Who by the Leading of a Star (Collect for Epiphany) (02:24)
06. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: Jubilate (03:53)
07. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: The Gloucester Girls’ Service: I. Magnificat (05:22)
08. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: The Gloucester Girls’ Service: II. Nunc dimittis (02:53)
09. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: Almighty & Everliving God (Collect for Candlemas) (02:03)
10. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: The Christmas Truce (12:43)
11. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: God, Who as at This Time (Collect for Whitsunday) (02:54)
12. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: The St. John Passion: No. 1, After Jesus Had Spoken These Words (03:45)
13. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: The St. John Passion: No. 2, So the Soldiers (06:05)
14. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: The St. John Passion: No. 3, Then They Took Jesus (04:48)
15. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: The St. John Passion: No. 4, Then Pilate Took Jesus (04:58)
16. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: The St. John Passion: No. 5, So They Took Jesus (03:48)
17. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: The St. John Passion: No. 6, Meanwhile, Standing Near the Cross (02:51)
18. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: The St. John Passion: No. 7, Since It Was the Day of the Preparation (02:23)
19. Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Hope & Adrian Partington – King: Almighty God, Give Us Grace (Collect for the First Sunday in Advent) (04:44)

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