Pange Lingua: Music for Corpus Christi
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
Graham Ross, director. Michael Papadopoulos, organ
The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, directed by Graham Ross explore music for Corpus Christi through the hymns of Saint Thomas Aquinas. The programme forms part of their series of music for the liturgical year and traces a long arc from Josquin to the present including works by Victoria, Bairstow and Messiaen.
[...] Although I prefer fewer voices in Josquin’s polyphony, this is one of the best choral performances of this mass on record.
[...] Francis Grier’s atmospheric setting of Panis Angelicus in memory of musicologist and conductor, David Trendell, is something of a showstopper. Lower voices form a rich, sonorous drone chord, from which the tentrils of solo soprano and tenor lines rise in a manner redolent of incense. In particular, the light, buoyant bloom of Alice Halstead’s soprano is spellbinding and I would suggest that she is a voice to listen out for. [...]
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