Oxford Organist and academic musicologist
- Unusually for an anthology of this type nearly all of the works are both new to the general anthology repertory (so you're not duplicating things in other books which is what is so annoying about carol books) and they are also all both singable and excellent quality musically. I have been through the book and only found a couple of pieces that we would probably never sing, so on the whole I'm extremely pleased with the purchase of a set for the church choir. They will provide us with repertory for some time to come, and with our limited rehearsal time, we can easily learn a new piece in one sitting. We have quite a few other anthologies (e.g. European Sacred Music, which has only about 30% useful content), so a collection like this of longer works that doesn't duplicate what is already out there would go down very well.
- This is a book of short anthems, but having discovered so many excellent pieces in this anthology my only regret is that they are almost all too short, at least to cover communion. They would make excellent introits, but for communion we would probably have to sing two. A similar book with longer works would be excellent.
Published on: 10 December 2015