Two recent CDs by Oxford-based choirs under the direction of Music Faculty professors were featured on the most recent episode of BBC Radio 3’s Record Review on 18 February.
‘The performance draws you into its heart…’, said presenter Andrew McGregor of the fourth volume of the series of music from the Eton Choirbook, The Sun Most Radiant, recorded by the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral under the direction of Professor Stephen Darlington. To hear the feature on John Browne’s Salve Regina II (previously unrecorded), click here, and scroll through to c.1:36:20.
Contrapunctus, under the direction of Professor Owen Rees, has released the second volume of its series of recordings of music from the Baldwin Part-books, the largest surviving manuscript collection of Tudor music, preserved in Christ Church library. The missing Tenor part-book means that works have had to be reconstructed, and these recordings feature new reconstructions by Owen Rees. Tallis’s Magnificat was featured on Record Review (at c.1:32:00). This recording has reached number 3 in the UK Specialist Classical Albums chart, and even made it into the Classical Artist Albums chart at number 14. Its ‘superb singing’ recently received a glowing review in The Observer.
The Contrapunctus recording was generously supported by the John Fell OUP Research Fund, and is part of the AHRC-funded Tudor Partbooks research project, co-hosted by the Faculty of Music.