Westminster Cathedral latest recording reaches No.2 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart

John Sheppard: Media vita & other sacred music - reaches No.2 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart.

Even by the standards of a time and place—Tudor England—in which masterpieces of choral polyphony appear to have been virtually an everyday occurrence, there is something uniquely and intensely compelling about the surviving works of John Sheppard. This is music designed to be sung by liturgical professionals, and none rise to its demands quite like Westminster Cathedral Choir.

The latest addition to the Cathedral Choir's catalogue, can be purchased from Hyperion, iTunes or the Cathedral Gift Shop.

Reviews:

'... the contrapuntal intricacies of both emerge clearly, never lost in Sheppard's carefully spaced vocal textures. It's quite possible that 2017 marks Sheppard's 500th anniversary year. It's hard to think of a better birthday present than this outstanding recording of three of his finest works' (Gramophone)

'The Westminster Choir under Martin Baker give their all in gracefully phrased, controlled performances' (The Sunday Times) » More

'This treble sound is, well, nothing less than 'ethereal'; I can't come up with a more appropriate word. Nor can I for the rest of the music on this unforgettable program. The Mass, which the notes aptly describe as a 'masterpiece' whose plainchant model is unknown, deserves all the attention it can get—as does this recording, a masterpiece itself, the finest I've heard from this choir' (Classics Today» More

Read more reviews here (The Observer), here (AllMusic), here (Hyperion), and here (Amazon)

 


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