From Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
With yuletide expressions both traditional and contemporary, this CD from the choir of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, Wellington, New Zealand, explores a vast musical landscape. Nestled snugly among perennial carol favorites are works by 20th-century British choral masters, luminous modern American classics, and recently composed works by New Zealand composers Andrew Baldwin and Geoffrey Coker. Glorious cathedral acoustics complement solid foundations provided by organ and brass. Michael Fulcher directs the choir; Richard Apperley plays most of the accompaniments; Thomas Gaynor, organ scholar, accompanies “Once in Royal David’s City.”
Copies are available for NZ$20 from the cathedral shop, and online at the organism online store.
The Service of Shadows
Music for Good Friday and Passiontide
The Service of Shadows is a service held on Good Friday in the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. This recording captures the seven Kyries sung at this service as well as other music for Good Friday and Passiontide. The choir is directed by Michael Fulcher and accompanied by organist Max Kenworthy, former Assistant Director of Music.
Music featured includes Kyries from the masses of Kiwi composers Andrew Baldwin and Katherine Dienes as well as those of Palestrina, Mathias, Fauré and Langlais, plus the beautiful Requiem of Maurice Duruflé. Other music includes the Howells Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in B minor, and music by Kenneth Leighton.
Award-winning young Kiwi composer Andrew Baldwin was our Composer-in-Residence at the Cathedral. We are particularly proud to present the first recordings of Andrew Baldwin’s settings of “O vos omnes” and his Responses of the office of Evensong.
Copies are available for NZ$15 from the cathedral shop, and online at the organism online store.
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These recordings are available from the cathedral shop.
Andrew Cantrill - Fête
Recorded in 2002, this CD features French organ masterworks performed by Andrew Cantrill, former Director of Music at the cathedral. The CD includes works by Bonnet, Vierne, Lefébure-Wély, Langlais, Franck, Dupré and Cogen.
From Darkness to Light: An Advent Procession
The celebration of Christmas in New Zealand is a unique blend of European tradition and sunshine. On this recording, we have tried to capture the magic of this service and the joyful anticipation of Christmas as experienced each year in Wellington.
Transports de joie
Recorded in 1999, this CD features French organ masterworks performed by Philip Walsh, former Director of Music at the cathedral. The CD includes works by Widor, Franck, Messiaen, Vierne, Alain, Duruflé, Saint-Saëns, Franck and Langlais.
Favourite Hymns: Cathedral Classics Volume 1
Recorded in just one day as part of the music department’s choral outreach programme, this disc of favourite hymns sung by the Cathedral Choir and Choristers with the Cathedral Congregation makes the perfect Christmas present. Hymns included in the play list are Praise to the Lord, Dear Lord and Father, Morning has broken, Glorious things of Thee are spoken, Drop, drop slow tears and many more.