New Jerusalem review – ‘beyond praise … an unforgettable concert of memorable music superbly performed’

‘[Parry’s] Songs of Farewell are wonderful choral songs, among the finest in the repertory … this was one of the finest accounts of the songs that I have heard, nuanced and keenly responsive both to the import of the words and to Parry’s expertly crafted and inspired music.

‘I confess that for the first few minutes I wasn’t sure what I would make of [MacMillan’s] Seven Angels but this is a work that draws the listener in and which compels attention. The music is astonishingly inventive and imaginative… The performance by Ex Cathedra and the small instrumental ensemble was beyond praise. The music is clearly complex and extremely demanding yet not only was it put across with great assurance but also with the conviction that only thorough preparation and highly skilled execution can produce. The composer, who was enthusiastically applauded, looked delighted by the performance and I’m not surprised.

‘This was an unforgettable concert of memorable music superbly performed.’

Read the rest of the review at Seen and Heard.

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