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Recording of the month: January 2016

Sir Hubert Parry

Hyperion  CDA 68089

The choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell

What better way to start the New Year than with some of Sir Hubert Parry’s magnificent choral works, recorded in the very building for which some of them were written and performed for the first time? These performances by the Abbey Choir are expansive, majestic and spine-tingling, demonstrating how well Parry understood the acoustics of the Abbey. The disc opens with I was glad followed by Blest pair of sirens, Dear Lord and Father of mankind and Hear my words, ye people.  Then follows the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D major from the Great Service followed by the Fantasia and Fugue in G major played by Daniel Cook on the Abbey’s fine Harrison organ. The disc ends with Jerusalem, so greatly admired by Walford Davies, and the Coronation Te Deum written for the coronation of King George V in June 1911.  A ‘must have’ for any Parry lover with details, ordering and sound samples at  http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/search.php?searchString=CDA+68089