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Parish Playlist #4

Andrew Gould – Andrew says "I prefer to let the music do the talking"!

 

 

1. O Magnum MysteriumMorten Lauridsen

 

I've been singing in church choirs since I was nine but I do not recall ever having sung any composition by Morten Lauridsen. I came across this a while ago. How anyone can listen and not be deeply moved I do not know. Apparently it is simple musically, but its effect is not. Click here. 

 

2. God Is With Us: Christmas ProclamationJohn Tavener

 

We're familiar with John Tavener at St Barnabas. Song for Athene and The Lamb are regular features in our musical calendar. A superb composer, but you will probably think at first that it all sounds very…well…Tavener. Be patient. Click here. [King's - 2007, № 15]

 

3. Nunc Dimittis in GGV Stanford

CV Stanford is the bread and butter of Anglican music. I am biased as a bass, but judging by the comments on this YouTube performance by St John's Cambridge, I am not alone in considering this one of the outstanding settings of the Nunc Dimittis. Click here.

 

4. Pretty Amazing GraceNeil Diamond

 

I was given "Home Before Dark" a while ago and this track stood out. I'd never really taken much notice of Neil Diamond before. Whoops! Click here.

 

5. Did Trouble Me (Praise and Blame) – Tom Jones

 

This was not what I expected to hear. As one reviewer on Amazon remarked "If you're a Tom Jones fan, this album is a must. If you are not a Tom Jones fan, this album will make you one." Susan Werner is the lyricist. Have a listen to this interview on BBC sounds about the album: Click here.

Did Trouble Me Click here.

 

6. The Trumpet shall SoundGF Handel

Back to the sacred for the last banger. Baroque trumpet, baritone, Handel and hope. This performance is sublime. What's not to love? Click here.

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