Choir of New College Oxford - Commissions & Premieres - MusicWeb International

This fine disc of Commissions and Premieres begins with William Harris’s Faire is Heaven,often touted as his masterpiece. It certainly retains its popularity in Quires and Places where they Sing.

Toby Young’s O God, make the door of this house sets a text by New College alumnus Thomas Ken (1637-1711). This vibrant anthem uses “pop-inflected rhythm and harmony”. There is a big finish on the “door” being made “the gateway to thine eternal kingdom”. The anthem was premiered in 2016 for the installation of the new warden of the College. Robert Quinney and the New College Choir give an outstanding performance, and let us not forget the valuable contribution of organist Dónal McCann.

The recording, clear and detailed, reflects the spaciousness of the Chapel. Yet, the more intimate moments are no less perfect.

MusicWeb International
25 July 2023