I was glad
Blest pair of sirens
Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Hear my words, ye people
Evening Service in D major 'Great Service'
Fantasia and Fugue in G major
Coronation Te Deum
The Choir of Westminster Abbey
Daniel Cook organ
James O'Donnell conductor
This new programme from Westminster Abbey sees the Abbey Choir joining forces with Onyx Brass and organist Daniel Cook in a programme of some of Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry's lesser-known early works alongside the favourites, recorded in the very building for which many of them were written.
Opening with the famous coronation anthem I was glad, heard here in a brand new arrangement by Grayston Ives, the disc also includes a rousing rendition of Jerusalem and new brass arrangements of Hear my words, ye people and the Coronation Te Deum, as well as Blest pair of sirens–Parry's setting of Milton's ode At a Solemn Music, famously sung by the Abbey Choir at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Hyperion CDA68089 (released August 2015)
"The sound is excellent; the choir is well focussed and 'present' while the organ is reported thrillingly" MusicWeb International
"The way that the words and music fill the resonant architectural expanses while, under James O'Donnell's knowledgeable direction, remaining sharply focused is another thrilling facet of this performance" The Telegraph