A recording of
church music by Peter Aston,
introduced by BASIL RAMSEY
Meridian CDE 84444
English church music of the 20th century in its entirety ranged back
and forth the common ground trampled by composers of all genres, leaving
much of it a rather pitiable mess. As natural in human endeavour, those
with the right measure of strength survive, and of those a lesser number
gave worthily to their art.
Peter Aston has proved his understanding of voices in ensemble by the
choral music he has written over the years, much of it small-scale, and
some of it within the scope of amateur choirs. In essence it is mostly simple
in language yet unfailingly effective in performance, and this CD gathers
a mix of his best pieces [listen -- track 6, 2:35-3:35].
The performers give generously of their art in offering this music with
care for all the nuances of (mostly) a capella singing.
Copyright © 16 February 2002
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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