Ian Venables: Requiem – Choir of Gloucester Cathedral

August 2, 2020, 9:00 am

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This is the premiere recording of Ian Venables’ exquisite and moving Requiem with the Choir of Gloucester Cathedral conducted by Adrian Partington and Jonathan Hope playing the organ. Completed in 2018, the work received its first performance in the imposing surroundings of Gloucester Cathedral, where this recording was made in 2019. Widely acclaimed for his songs and chamber music, the Requiem is Venables’ most substantial choral work to date and is a compelling piece full of fine melodies and gorgeous harmonies. Partington describes the Requiem as “a significant addition to the choral repertoire. The music is eloquent, resourceful, and exerts a strong emotional appeal.”