The Evening Hour

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The Evening Hour

British Choral Music from the 16th and 20th Centuries

 Choir Of Jesus College, Cambridge
 Mark Williams

The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge’s new release on Signum blends a selection of ancient and modern works from the 16th and 20th Centuries, all centred on the theme of evening.



What people are saying

"A gorgeous blended sound...the atmospheric singing of the choristers is of a high standard." Early Music Review, February 2016

"An excellent blend of boy's and girls voices" BBC Radio 3 Record Review, February 2016

"Most enjoyable" Cross Rhythms, March 2016

"Beautiful, tranquil, inspiring, uplifting. The recordings on this CD form an ideal backdrop for winding down in the evening." NE:MM, March 2016

"Worth investigating for the combination of intelligent programming and fine singing." Planet Hugill, April 2016

"Once again, as in the case of previous discs that I've heard, the singers of Jesus College give great pleasure and they are well supported by the two organists. The recording was engineered by Mike Hatch so it?s no surprise to find that the sound is pleasing and truthful. There's a lot of lovely music on this CD to which Mark Williams and his excellent choirs do full justice." MusicWeb International, April 2016

"The choir have a delicacy and a musical responsiveness that's particularly suited to this softer-edged programme of evening music." Gramophone, May 2016

"The mixed voices of Jesus College Choir and the male voices of the Chapel Choir produce a gorgeous blended sound in their home chapel, captured vividly by the Signum engineers." Early Music Review, May 2016

"as an unguent to tired limbs is this gorgeously dreamy recital to the soul: calorific with comfort, it pleases with delightful contrasts, sensitive, sustained singing and shapely interpretations." Choir & Organ, June 2016

The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge

Mark Williams director


Release date: 5th Feb 2016
Order code: SIGCD446
Barcode: 635212044629

1.God be in my headPhilip Radcliffe1.29
2.Save us, O LordEdward Bairstow4.56
3.In manus tuasJohn Sheppard4.02
4.Song at EveningRichard Rodney Bennet3.25
5.Miserere mihi DomineWilliam Byrd2.49
6.Creator of the stars of nightGabriel Jackson3.52
7.The Lord is my ShepherdLennox Berkeley4.43
8.Christe qui lux es et dies IVRobert Whyte6.03
9.Evening HymnHenry Balfour Gardiner6.24
10.Behold thou hast made my daysOrlando Gibbons5.30
11.Evening WatchGustav Holst4.39
12.The Lord's PrayerJohn Tavener3.08
13.Bring us O Lord GodWilliam Harris4.09
14.In PaceJohn Blitheman4.14
15.Evening PrayersPhilip Moore6.03
16.Miserere nostriThomas Tallis3..22
17.Blessed city, heav'nly SalemEdward Bairstow9.10

The mixed voices of Jesus College Choir and the male voices of the Chapel Choir produce a gorgeous blended sound in their home chapel, captured vividly by the Signum engineers. The early works are particularly idiomatically sung, with lovely accounts of Sheppard’s exquisite In manus tuas  and Byrd’s diaphanous Miserere. Robert Whyte’s Christe qui lux es  is also given a delicious reading although notwithstanding some very fine solo singing from tenor Jaliya Senanayake, Orlando Gibbons’ beautiful Behold thou has made my days  sounds rather more hesitant, perhaps due to the lay-out of the forces. It is a pleasure to hear a substantial choral work, In pace, by William Blitheman, a composer better known to me as a writer of music for organ. The College Choir even manages to make real music out of the rather formulaic and unpromising setting of Miserere  by Thomas Tallis. This is generally a rather melancholy programme of music for the end of the day but also for the end of life, but the atmospheric singing of the choristers is of a high standard, and Jesus College is to be congratulated in supporting two such fine choral groups. It is fascinating to hear the very different sounds produced by the respective choirs as well as the combined sound of both singing together.

Early Music Review, D. James Ross