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Parry: Coronation Te Deum

Magazine article Gramophone

Parry: Coronation Te Deum

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Coronation Te Deum (a). Blest pair of sirens. Dear Lord and Father of mankind. Fantasia and Fugue. Great Service. Hear my words, ye people (a). I was glad(a). Jerusalem

The Choir of Westminster Abbey / James O'Donnell with Daniel Cook org (a) Onyx Brass

Hyperion (F) CDA68089 (79' * DDD * T/t)

This mouth-watering programme of well-known anthems and unfamiliar works has the added attraction of new brass arrangements by Grayston Ives and revised organ arrangements by Daniel Cook and Joseph Wicks. Jeremy Dibble provides a modern edition of the Great Service and the characteristically informative booklet-notes.

The Choir of Westminster Abbey give solid, well-crafted performances and there's an equitable blend and balance between the boys and the men. Their polished phrasing enhances the clarity of the texts and their excellent conductor James O'Donnell wisely chooses moderate tempi, taking into account the Abbey's spacious acoustic. Onyx Brass play very well, with a wide range of dynamics, and many listeners may welcome their contribution. Others, however, might have reservations about having a strong 11-piece brass ensemble placed alongside a choir of 43 singers: in some louder passages, the tuttis can become rather overwhelming. …

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