Choral Music from St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Denver

Donald Pearson, conductor

Eric Plutz, organ

St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral Choir

St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral Boys’ and Girls’ Choir

A festival of choral music

“Accomplished church music organizations like St. John’s help to preserve the traditions of the choral art in our country. Many thanks to Delos for bringing them to us. Make a joyful noise!” – American Record Guide

British review comment: “Whatever it is that subtly (or perhaps not so subtly) makes a difference between nations has been at work here, for though the Denver choir sing, as the introductory note says, ‘In the English Cathedral tradition,’ and though a large part of the programme itself is English, one may doubt whether singing quite like this is ever to be heard from the choirstalls of Salisbury or Winchester; King’s College, Cambridge; or New College, Oxford. And the difference is not accounted for by the use of women’s or girls’ voices; the sopranos sing with pure, firm, ‘treble’ tone, and, while it is true that the altos can hardly be mistaken for male altos, they form a perfectly natural part of the finely blended choral sound, which in turn has no alien, or markedly national, characteristic. The distinction lies in the feeling for rhythm, and in the sense, communicated throughout the recital, of frank, unequivocal enjoyment in taking part.” – Gramophone


Sing We Merrily unto God Our Strength – Campbell

For the Beauty of the Earth – Rutter

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence – Bairstow

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day – Gardner

There is a Green Hill Far Away – Sumsion

O Hear Us, Lord – Piccolo

Greater Love Hath No Man – Ireland

Loch Lomond – Vaughan Williams

Jubilate Deo – Britten

A Song to the Lamb – Susa

The Lord Is My Light – Hallock

Warm-up – Bernstein

What Sweeter Music – Fink

Agnus Dei (trans. from Adagio for Strings, Barber)

Advent Procession – Pearson

Easter Anthem – Baker

And All in the Morning – Near

Epiphany Alleluias – Weaver