Wells Cathedral Choir/Wells Cathedral School Chapel Choir
David Bednall, organ
Two things stand out in this new release featuring a selection of Kenneth Leighton's sacred choral music: the inclusion of three first-time recordings and the glorious, energetic performances of the Wells Cathedral Choir … [The World's Desire] The return of Heber's hymn brings both the work and the disc to a close in such a spine-tinglingly awesome fashion that the listener is compelled to hit the 'play button' again almost immediately.
, International Record Review, 6/1/2008
This CD takes its title from an Epiphany sequence, and includes fine music for organ and a set of morning canticles never before recorded. Wells Cathedral Choir is in cracking form.
, The Observer, 5/11/2008
The quintessential English cathedral ambience evoked by the choir, organ and acoustic of Wells is well captured by Hyperion and perfectly serves the unmistakable muscular language of Kenneth Leighton’s music. Two substantial ‘sequences’ open and close this recording. The first, Sequence for All Saints (1978), is exactly that (see the plainchant in the New English Hymnal); the second, which gives the disc its title, was a 1984 BBC commission and makes a sequence for Epiphany. The little Choral Prelude on ‘Rockingham’, the short vibrant anthem O God, enfold me in the sun and the Morning Canticles create strong advocacy for Leighton’s oeuvre.
Matthew Power, Choir & Organ, 7/1/2008
Fans of the music of Leighton will be glad to see this recording of some rarer corners of his oeuvre. The two main items are the Sequence for All Saints and The World's Desire, multi-movementm quasi-liturgical works. ..
William Whitehead, BBC Music Magazine, 8/1/2008