Ireland: My Song Love Unknown (Lincoln Cathedral Choir/ Aric Prentice/ Charles Harrison) (Naxos: 8.573014)
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Spiritually at home in the liturgy and fine choirs of High Church Anglicanism, John Ireland
wrote much loved hymns and carols throughout his life. A fluent Edwardian style can be heard in earlier works such as the Stanford-influenced Te Deum
and the Communion Service
. The anthem Greater love hath no man
took on affecting resonance when sung during memorial services during the First World War, and the ravishing Ex ore innocentium
movingly responds to the agony of the Crucifixion in a rich, post-romantic musical language.