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'Like as the Hart': 'Music for the Templar's Garden'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Like as the Hart': 'Music for the Templar's Garden'

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'Like as the Hart'

'Music for The Templar's Garden'

Buxtehude Quemadmodum desiderai cervus Handel As pants the hart Howells Like as the hart L'Estrange As the chased hart Ockeghem Sicut cervus desiderat Palestrina Sicut cervus desiderai Pitts Why restless, why cast down? Schutz Quemadmodum desiderat cervus Tallis E'en like the hunted hind Taverner Quemadmodum desiderat cervus Choir of New College, Oxford / Robert Quinney

Novum (F) NCR1392 (66' * DDD * T/t)

A collection of settings of Psalm 42 in various translations curated by Catherine Alette Clover, author of New College-themed novel The Templar's Garden--not quite the return to this choir's vital and significant recording work (Bach, Pergolesi, Ludford, Blow) that I so sorely missed reviewing their 'favourite anthems' disc (8/17) but hey, you can't win them all ...

What you do get here is further evidence, as on the previous issue, of the choir's tightening blend and discipline under Robert Quinney, but also the concurrent preservation of its stringy, soloistic tone. That's why New College Choir has always suited Baroque music best and that's why the most successful pieces here are Handel's As pants the hart (variegated, full of expression, impressively taken solos, no sanded edges), Buxtehude's Quemadmodum desiderat cervus (ditto, but Baroque strings or bows would have been nice) and Schutz's setting of the same text. …

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