JOHN MCCABE (b.1939): 3 Marian Carols, Mangan Triptych, Amen/Alleluia, Proud Songsters, The Lily-White Rose, The Morning Watch, The Evening Watch, Great Lord of Lords, A Hymne to Got the Father, The Last and Greatest Herald.
Catalogue Number: 02O072
Description: McCabe has produced a steady stream of fine choral music throughout his career, much of it, as here, serving as highly accomplished contributions to the English cathedral tradition. The hymns, carols, anthems and settings of poetry are tonal, with the composer's customary chromatic harmonic thinking adding tension, and must be a pleasure for any choir to sing. The half-hour Triptych of settings of the rather emotionally beak and turbulent poems by James Clarence Mangan is of a rather different order, with more complex counterpoint and greater dissonance; the pieces share the dramatic intensity of McCabe's best concert works. Texts included. Iain Farrington (organ), BBC Singers; David Hill.