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RECORDING

THE GENEROUS ACOUSTICS OF ELY CATHEDRAL CREATE A PERFECT RECORDING LOCATION. JOHN RUTTER, GABRIELI CONSORT, BRITTEN SINFONIA, LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CLARE COLLEGE CHOIR AND TRINITY COLLEGE CHOIR AND POLYPHONY ARE JUST A FEW OF THE MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS WHO HAVE USED THESE FACILITIES FOR RECORDING PURPOSES. THE LADY CHAPEL, IN PARTICULAR, IS FAMOUS FOR ITS SPECIAL ACOUSTIC PROPERTIES, CAN BE CLOSED OFF FROM THE MAIN BODY OF THE CATHEDRAL OFFERING BOTH AUDIO AND VISUAL PRIVACY.

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort and Players

An English Coronation

Winged Lion / Signum Classics SIGCD569 (2019)

"This is an astonishing recording ... with bells ringing, the organ thundering, and the vibrant voices of 11 young choirs from the training programme Gabrieli Roar. It swept me away." The Times

"Ely Cathedral's organ provides the icing on the cake!" Classical Source


Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort and Players

A Song Of Farewell: Music Of Mourning & Consolation

Winged Lion / Signum Classics SIGCD 281 (2012)

A recording of the group's renowneda cappellaprogramme of music for mourning and consolation. This is a beautifully poignant collection of British choral music, including works by composers as diverse as Morley and Dove, Sheppard and Walton and featuring Howells' sublime Requiem.


Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton

Bruckner: Mass & Motets

Hyperion (2007)

Bruckner's motets are small masterpieces, containing intensely expressive harmonic writing and a sense of personal devotion within a characteristically expansive framework. The sensuous Mass in E minor recalls his great symphonies. Grammy-nominated choir Polyphony under their inspirational director Stephen Layton offers impeccable yet passionate performances on this glorious disc.

GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE
DAILY TELEGRAPH CLASSICAL CD OF THE YEAR


John Rutter, The Cambridge Singers

Lighten Our Darkness

Collegium Records (2006)

Lighten our Darknesssees John Rutter and his Cambridge Singers return to the austere surrounds and sumptuous acoustic of the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral

"The Cambridge Singers have the luxury of one of the most impressive acoustics around, that of the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral." - Grammophone


Timothy Brown, Choir of Claire College, Cambridge

Palestrina, Motets

Warner Classics (2002)


Paul Hillier, The Pro Arte Singers

Arvo Pärt, I Am The True Vine

Harmonia Mundi (1999)

Paul Hillier's Pro Arte Singers are simply faultless in these works, demonstrating at every turn their mastery of the aspects of vocal technique, tone, expression, phrasing, blend, and ensemble unity and musicianship that determine choral supremacy. The sound, too, is ideal, benefiting both from masterful engineering and first-rate locations, including England's Ely Cathedral.

EDITORS CHOICE, CLASSICSTODAY.COM


Leonard Bernstein, London Symphony Orchestra, Edinburgh Festival Chorus

Mahler, Symphony No. 2 in C Minor 'Resurrection' Sony Classical

"In 1973, Bernstein took the LSO to Edinburgh for a performance of Mahler's Second for the Edinburgh Festival. Then, the entire orchestra and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus decamped to Ely for two days of recording. The Ely Cathedral, the Ship of the Fens, had been Bernstein's choice because of an aesthetics class he had taken at Harvard that described the building as a mix of styles. It began in the Romanesque in 1083 and was completed in Decorated Gothic in the early 14th century, with the usual delays for money, building collapses, and the arrival of new bishops with new taste. This mix of styles in the building, for Bernstein, matched the mix of styles in Mahler, where a symphony would have vocal soloists and a chorus, or have local dances inserted." Humphrey Burton Film Director.