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Discography

Id
570
Ensemble Detail(s)
St John's College, Cambridge
Soloist(s)
James Oxley, tenor
Label name
Naxos
Conductor details
Christopher Robinson

Work Title
Composer

Reviews

'Another in Naxos's superb series of sacred choral music from St John's College, Cambridge...Kenneth Leighton's musical language is at once technically complex but also comfortable with tapping into a vein of Romanticism that underlies much British liturgical writing.'
James Jolly, Gramophone, 3/1/2004

'Naxos has done it again, thanks to top-drawer contributions from St John's College Choir...Leighton's music leaps off this disc with a conviction that serves the cause of his richly crafted, eloquent music. This is a must-have album, crowned by an exquisite performance of the composer's masterpiece, Crucifixus pro nobis.'
Andrew Stewart, Classic fm Magazine, 4/1/2004

As for the disc I would like to receive, well, this, ironically, is one I have already given to one or two people. It is a recording by the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge of sacred choral music by the late Kenneth Leighton. Two Easter Pieces – Crucifixus prop nobis and An Easter Sequence – are especially memorable. Though more than a little in love with the music of Catholic France, Leighton was a true English visionary
Richard Osborne, Grammophone, 12/1/2004

'In this business of record reviewing I find, on the positive side, music and performances I like,more than I admire, some that I love, but not much that evokes affirmation from the soul. This does.
John Steane, Gramophone, 3/1/2004

'More musical uplift can be found…when the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge…delve into the church music of Kenneth Leighton. Rocking, almost jazzy, rhythms, the summoning of exultation by fierce, spare harmonies; the quick dissonant scrunch - those same Leighton fingerprints appear over and over. St John's Choir have exactly the sound this music needs: open-throated, muscular…the St John's acoustic...shows that Leighton's music should blaze round the world.' *****
Geoff Brown, The Times, 2/27/2004

'...the 1961 Crucifixus pro nobis, a cantata on metaphysical poems which generates real expressive force...An atmospheric recording helps make this an outstanding contribution to Naxos's valuable series from St John's.'
Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine, 4/1/2004


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