I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes: Sacred Music by Stanford and Howells

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/1993
  • Label: Collegium
  • UPC: 040888011828
  • Catalog Number: 118
  • Sales rank: 344,540

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cambridge Singers Primary Artist, Vocals, Ensemble
John Rutter Conductor, Descant
Pat Craig Alto (Vocal)
Caroline Ashton Soprano (Vocal)
Paul Badley Tenor (Vocal)
Nicola Barber Alto (Vocal)
Michael Chambers Bass (Vocal)
Simon Davies Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Donna Deam Soprano (Vocal)
Andres Gant Tenor (Vocal)
Andrew Gant Tenor (Vocal)
Paul Gordon Tenor (Vocal)
David Gould Alto (Vocal)
Robert Graham-Campbell Tenor (Vocal)
Bruce Hamilton Bass (Vocal)
Mary Hitch Alto (Vocal)
Frances Jellard Alto, Alto (Vocal)
Karen Kerslake Soprano (Vocal)
Simone Mace Soprano (Vocal)
Jocelyn Miles Soprano (Vocal)
James Mure Bass (Vocal)
Ben Parry Bass (Vocal)
Charles Pott Bass (Vocal), Baritone (Vocal)
Christopher Purves Bass (Vocal)
Juliet Schelmann Soprano (Vocal)
Olive Simpson Soprano (Vocal)
Nancy-Jane Thompson Soprano (Vocal)
Julian Walker Bass (Vocal)
Susanna Watson Soprano (Vocal)
Julia Wilson-James Soprano (Vocal)
Lucy Winkett Alto (Vocal)
Mark Le Brocq Tenor (Vocal)
Wayne Marshall Organ
Technical Credits
John Rutter Director, Liner Notes
Campbell Hughes Engineer
Jillian White Producer
Jullian White Producer
Nick Findell Artwork
Robert Bridges Lyricist
William Cowper Lyricist
Richard Craddock Cover Design
Mary Elizabeth Coleridge Poetry
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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Cambridge Singers unite in songs and hymns of faith and praise

    The team of C. V. Stanford and Herbert Howells has prevailed in the venue of British choral music for more than a century. Howells studied under Stanford, and both composed and performed through many productive decades. This recording from 1992, now released by NAXOS in the U.S., presents canticle settings, anthems, a Requiem, sacred songs, and hymn settings. The accompanying booklet explains thoroughly the background of the composers and their music.

    Spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, these prolific composers shared their training and talents throughout their careers, inspired by their religion. John Rutter directs The Cambridge Singers, which he established in 1981. The selections are light and glorious, true to the style of both composers. The melodies are flowing and airy, some with organ and others a capella. Any selection would provide a satisfactory example for a local chorus to follow when learning an anthem.

    The "bookends" of this collection are most memorable: Soprano Caroline Ashton provides a lilting portrayal in the opening Magnificat in G, and the audience can easily feel the overwhelming joy of Mary at the Annunciation. The concluding hymn "All My Hope" begins with the choir in unison, then alternating with women and men, concluding unison with the Rutter descant. The songs "When Mary" and "Long Ago" convey a sweet innocence not heard frequently enough in the harsh 21st century. Additionally, the "Nunc dimittis" spotlights the skill of the tenors to smooth and even effect.

    Organist Wayne Marshall shows the organ of ancient, exquisite Ely Cathedral to excellent advantage through the use of colorful stops and pleasing registrations. The organ never overshadows the chorus, but provides substance and strength to the vocal performance.

    In the two decades since this recording, Mr. Marshall has continued his organist duties, recorded extensively, and toured internationally in both the classics and jazz. In May 2010 he became a Fellow of the Royal College, awarded by HRH the Prince of Wales. In 2011 he performed with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, in Stockholm, and in Berlin for a Candide revival. Mr. Marshall maintains a blog on his website for his many devotees to follow his very active career.

    Director John Rutter has kept a ceaseless musical pace composing, recording, and teaching throughout the years, setting an example for innumerable musicians to follow. His compositions continue to inspire and delight audiences, this recording by Collegium Records having become an ongoing favorite. His website provides information on his many activities and accomplishments.

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