HAVPCD294 – The Brecon Tradition
This is a CD of music which matters so much to Brecon Cathedral, a building dating back to 1093, which has an amazing aura of peace, prayerfulness and holiness. Situated in an area of stiking natural beauty where sheep far outnumber people, it is now served by a choir that includes both boys and girls, thereby allowing brothers and sisters to sing together. They, along with the Lay Clerks, rehearse in an oak-beamed medieval room that used to serve as a dormitory for visitors to the ancient Priory. Then,’moving downstairs, they sing happily to the glory of God in the Cathedral, a setting so idyllic as to be described as ‘second only to Heaven itself?.
HAVPCD296 – O Sapientia Advent from king’s College London
The Advent Carol Services held in the Chapel at King?s College London are undoubtedly one of the highlights of the academic year. Over the years the format has varied slightly, most notably with the addition of the Great Advent ?O? Antiphons that precede the Magnificat at Vespers for the week before Christmas, together with an eighth specific to the Sarum rite. Starting with O Sapientia (?O Wisdom?), these form the backbone of this recording, dividing it into eight sections, with each antiphon followed by one of the eight programmatic viol fantasias by Michael East and then a choral piece. The disc is released as part of the College?s 175th anniversary celebrations.