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Christ Church Cathedral Choir

Director: Stephen Darlington

 Christ Church Cathedral Choir

Mixed Choral Chorus from UK, England.

Although Christ Church Cathedral Choir is 500 years old, it is justly famous for the youthfulness of its sound and its daring and adventurous musical programming. Unique in the world as both Cathedral and College choir, the intimate acoustic of its musical home, Oxford's 12th-century Cathedral, has given it a relationship with early sacred music and the rhythm and vigour of contemporary idioms which is second to none.

Throughout its history, the Choir has attracted many distinguished composers and organists, from its first director, John Taverner, appointed by Cardinal Wolsey in 1526, to William Walton in the 20th century. In recent years, the Choir has commissioned and recorded works by composers such as John Tavener, William Mathias, Robert Saxton and Howard Goodall.


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Christ Church Cathedral Choir : Egon Wellesz : 00  1 CD : Stephen Darlington : Egon Wellesz : 5852

Christ Church Cathedral Choir : Egon Wellesz

Review: A Catholic convert from Judaism, Egon Wellesz composed a significant amount of sacred music including five masses, two of which--the first and the last--feature on this disc. Wellesz's operas of the 1920s contain a significant amount of virtuoso choral writing, and this quality carries over into his church music, although on the whole they are written in a simpler, more traditionally tonal idiom.

Songlist: Mass in F Op. 51, I Sing of a Maiden, Offertorium in Ascensione Domini, Missa Brevis, To Sleep Op. 94

5886c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | Some a cappella

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