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Bingham: Wells Service

Magazine article Gramophone

Bingham: Wells Service

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Bingham [G] [G*]

Wells Service. Harvest. Missa brevis, 'Awake my soul'. The Shepherd. Ave verum corpus. Jesum quaeritis Nazarenum. Corpus Christi Carol. Christmas Past. Epiphany. Edington Service. God be in my head. Our faith is a light

Wells Cathedral Choir / Matthew Owens with Jonathan Vaughn org

Hyperion (F) CDA67909 (73' * DDD * T/t)

Boys and men of Wells sing 15 years of Bingham

Judith Bingham's isn't a comfortable sound world. If there is redemptive hope to be found in her choral music, it grows out of musical doubt, eschewing evangelical harmonic simplicity for a more rugged Anglicanism. This excellent disc from Wells Cathedral Choir and their boy choristers looks back over 15 years of Bingham's choral works, from the delicate ambiguity of the newly revised Jesum quaeritis Nazarenum to the more forthright 'alternative canticles' of the Wells Service.

There's a frankness to the Wells choral sound that suits music that has nothing precious or twee about it. It creates an underlying muscularity, even in the glowing cluster-chords of the 'Cantate Domino', and foregrounds the texts that Bingham sets with Britten-like care. …

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