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Joseph Wicks, John Challenger, Glen Dempsey & Jack Ross – The Tree: Hill, Nethsingha, Robinson (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Joseph Wicks, John Challenger, Glen Dempsey & Jack Ross – The Tree: Hill, Nethsingha, Robinson (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/44,1kHz | Time – 01:05:26 minutes | 596 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Signum Records

Andrew Nethsingha and The Choir of St John’s, Cambridge present a tribute album to two former directors, Christopher Robinson and David Hill, who celebrate their 85th and 65th birthdays respectively. Taking the idea of new growth as a starting point, the album develops from the seed of a single treble line, gradually adding organ, then lower voices, a second choir (Yale Schola Cantorum), 150 additional singers, and eventually combining nearly 500 voices together (former members and friends of the college choir).

The programme spans Hildegard of Bingen to a new commission by James Long (born 1987) and also includes works by three ex-St Johnians: Herbert Howells, Johnathan Harvey and Christopher Robinson. The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge is one of the finest collegiate choirs in the world, known and loved by millions from its broadcasts, concert tours and recordings. Founded in the 1670s, the Choir is known for its distinctive rich, warm sound, its expressive interpretations and its breadth of repertoire.

01. Bingen: O Pastor Animarum
02. Harvey: The Tree
03. Long: Sicut Aquilae
04. Howells: Preces and Responses: I. Preces
05. Howells: Preces and Responses: Ii. Responses
06. Elgar: The Spirit of the Lord
07. Howells: A Hymn for St Cecilia
08. Stanford: A Song of Wisdom
09. Robinson: Jesu, Grant Me This, I Pray
10. Parry: Hear My Words, Ye People
11. Stainer: God so Loved the World
12. Rowlands, Robinson: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling


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