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Ian King: Music for Gloucester Cathedral



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SOMM Recordings is delighted to announce the first recordings of
church music by Ian King composed for, and performed by, Gloucester
Cathedral Choir.
Led by the Cathedral’s Director of Music, Adrian Partington, with Nia
Llewelyn Jones, conductor of the Girls’ Choristers, and Assistant Director
of Music Jonathan Hope as organist, the choir presents first recordings
of 11 works composed between 2012 and 2020 by Ian King. All were first
performed in the imposing surroundings of Gloucester Cathedral, where
this recording was made in June 2021.
Ian King died shortly before the sessions took place but had worked closely
with Adrian Partington in planning this recording and was delighted that
these choral works were to be committed to disc by the choir for which
they were written.
The programme includes the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis commissioned
for the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival in 2016, a setting of the St.
John Passion, specifically designed for liturgical use, and a wonderfully
atmospheric realisation of Carol Ann Duffy’s poem, The Christmas Truce.
Adrian Partington commented: 'I believe that in time Ian King will be
recognized as a significant composer of Anglican Church Music. It has been
a privilege for me to conduct all these wonderful works; I am delighted
that the Gloucester Cathedral Choir has made their premiere recordings.
These, and the rest of Ian’s choral output, deserve to be widely known and
performed. I hope our recording will bring them to the attention of other
conductors and choirs.'
This disc continues the relationship between SOMM Recordings and
Gloucester Cathedral Choir. Their premiere recording of Ian Venables’
Requiem, with shorter pieces by Ivor Gurney, John Joubert and John Sanders
(SOMMCD 0618) was hailed by BBC Music Magazine as 'highly commendable…
luminous and majestic', by the Daily Telegraph as 'subtle but gripping', while
Choir & Organ’s five-star review declared it 'intensely beautiful'.
Information
Item number SOMMCD 0649
Barcode 748871064928
Release date 18/03/2022
Category
Label SOMM Recordings
Media type CD
Number of units 1
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