BURGON: CHORAL MUSIC

The Choir of Wells Cathedral, David Bednall organ; alan Thomas, trumpet, Matthew Owens, conductor

 

Julkaisupäivö 13.11.2006
Levymerkki Hyperion
Tuotekoodi CDA 67567
Geoffrey Burgon
1 At the round earth’s imagined corners
2 The Assumption
Short Mass
3 Kyrie
4 Gloria
5 Sanctus
6 Benedictus
7 Agnus Dei

8 Of flowers and emeralds sheen
9 Magnificat
10 Nunc dimittis
11 As the angels stood
12 Apple Blossom
13 The Corpus Christi Carol
14 The song of the creatures
15 Death be not proud
16 Come let us pity not the dead
17 Te Deum
18 Nunc dimittis
t is unlikely that Geoffrey Burgon will ever be caught arguing on the side of those who insist that ‘high’ art, especially in the form of contemporary classical music, is intrinsically superior to arts with genuine mass appeal. Television credits include the music for Brideshead Revisited and the pop chart-topping Nunc dimittis (recorded here) which introduced the BBC’s John le Carré adaptation Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in 1979. But commercial success should not prevent us from recognizing, and appreciating, a depth of invention and mastery of formal conception which might just as well be described as being firmly rooted in the classical tradition, and particularly that of the Anglican Church. The fourteen works recorded here range from the contemplative of the Nunc dimittis to the ceremonial of an anthem such as At the round earth’s imagined corners where the familiar Donne text receives a thoroughly fresh interpretation. This is music reaching out to a modern desire for immediate accessibility masking consummate artistry.