THE WAY TO HEAVEN
James Cook writes for voices, mainly a capella, in numbers ranging from four to forty-plus. This disc continues the survey of his music started with "Heaven's Happiness" (CD 25023), written very much in the Anglican choral tradition, and ideal for skilled church and amateur choirs. All first recordings.
|CD DURATION: 60:05
AUDIO SAMPLE: If this be dying, it is sweet....
Diptych : The Way to Heaven & Beyond the movable Heavens
Body of Divinity: When death cuts asunder
12 Spheric Anthems: That which we call death is not death
Cantiones Ecclesiasticae: The lap of eternity
Cantiones Spiritualis: O lovely heaven!
Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: All loves excelling
Hymnsongs: He was most lovely - Christ's matchless love - In the primrose of my days
Requiems and Placebo Songs: I give to thee eternal life
Triptych: Christ's blood is heaven's key
Lachrymae: Run sweet babe - if this be dying
Gradualia, book 3: We shall meet in comfort at our journey's end
Enchiridion: Heavenly death
|review extracts: for full reviews click here|
|“much to admire and enjoy in this collection of pieces and in the exemplary performances that they receive… Anyone with an interest in [the English choral] tradition can safely and confidently explore this rewarding CD” - John Quinn (MusicWeb)|
|“James Cook works within traditional tonal boundaries. Sincere and moving, unglamorous settings written within the accommodating embrace of the Cathedral tradition… sung with total professional commitment” – Rob Barnett (MusicWeb)|
|“Voces Oxonienses make a good case for the music” – Francis Knights (International Record Review)|