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Classical - Released July 1, 2016 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released April 23, 2021 | Signum Records

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The renowned Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys record a fitting tribute to their former Choirmaster and Organist Gerre Hancock (1934-2012). In this post for over thirty years, he was a pivotal figure in the choir's rejuvenation and created a wealth of choral and organ music during his career – much of it composed for friends and colleagues across the USA. The performances are led here by Jeremy Filsell, their present Organist and Director of Music, with additional accompaniment from Benjamin Sheen (Associate Organist) and Nicholas Quardokus (Assistant Organist), and the Saint Thomas Brass ensemble. The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys is considered to be the leading ensemble of its kind in the Anglican choral tradition in the United States. While its primary raison d’être is to sing five choral services each week, the Choir also performs regularly with Orchestra of St. Luke’s and New York Baroque Incorporated as part of Concerts at Saint Thomas. © Signum Records
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Classical - Released March 31, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released September 29, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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Resonus' final release in its series of recordings made by choral conductor John Scott and the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys covers two major works at the heart of their repertoire, the Requiem by Herbert Howells, and the Requiem, Op. 9 by Maurice Duruflé. Scott favored large-scale works by post-Romantic composers, and even though Howells and Duruflé reflected different musical styles, the gentle moods and lyricism of these pieces show a common humanistic understanding of death. The terrors of Judgment Day are far removed from these placid choral works, and it is significant that Howells and Duruflé rejected the Dies Irae sequence of the Missa pro defunctis, following the examples set before them by Johannes Brahms in Ein deutsches Requiem and Gabriel Fauré in his Requiem, Op. 48. Yet Howells' 1936 setting of non-standard texts in English also shows an affinity with Henry Walford Davies' Short Requiem in D, a 1915 work that clearly influenced Howells' use of psalms and minimal references to the Latin liturgy. Duruflé's Requiem, composed in 1947, follows the same Latin texts that Fauré had set, and similarly projects a feeling of calm acceptance and consolation. Between these extraordinary works is a short a cappella choral work by Ralph Vaughan Williams, on an excerpt from John Bunyan's A Pilgrim's Progress, which serves as a melancholy meditation appropriate to the program. © TiVo
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Classical - Released September 5, 2016 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released October 2, 2015 | Resonus Classics

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This recording is the valedictory work of conductor John Scott, who died suddenly just after it was made. It's an excellent American reproduction of the English cathedral style, with nearly flawless vocal work by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York. The two centerpieces are Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, given a delightfully rich, limpid performance, and the title piece by John Rutter, composed back in 1973 for high voices and harp, and intended as a companion piece to the Britten. The work offers artless settings of traditional melodies, and even those who avoid Rutter will find it hard to resist these sparkling, perfectly simple settings in which sentimentality is absent. Sample the treatment of the "Coventry Carol" from Part 2 (track 23). The program is rounded out by short pieces that beautifully exploit the choir's large treble section, which does not flag. The engineering team of the British label Resonus clearly took the time to understand the Saint Thomas Church space, and they and the entire Resonus team have been rewarded with strong sales not only in the U.S., but in Britain, where buyers have a large array of choices in these Christmas standards. Recommended. © James Manheim /TiVo
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Classical - Released May 1, 2015 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released February 3, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released April 7, 2021 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released March 24, 2021 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released March 10, 2021 | Signum Records

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