Cucifixus Archive

“Crucifixus” = Works of KENNETH LEIGHTON – Choir of Trinity College Cambridge/ Stephen Layton/ Andrew Kennedy, tenor/ Jeremy Cole & Eleanor Kornas, organ – Hyperion

“Crucifixus” = Works of KENNETH LEIGHTON – Choir of Trinity College Cambridge/ Stephen Layton/ Andrew Kennedy, tenor/ Jeremy Cole & Eleanor Kornas, organ – Hyperion

Leighton the choral master is what we hear today, even though he would not have been happy with the legacy. “Crucifixus” = KENNETH LEIGHTON: Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis “Collegium Magdalenae Oxonienses”; God’s Grandeur; Give me the wings of faith; Missa Brevis Op. 50; Missa de Gloria, Op. 82, ‘Dublin Festival Mass’: Ite, missa est; What love is this of thine?; Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Second Service), Op. 62; Crucifixus pro nobis, Op. 38 – Choir of Trinity College Cambridge/ Stephen Layton/ Andrew Kennedy, tenor/ Jeremy Cole & Eleanor Kornas, organ – Hyperion CDA68039, 72:09 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi] ****: Leighton (1929-1988), a devoted Yorkshireman, was not especially devout, so it is one of life’s great ironies that despite his over 100-work catalog in many genres, he is most beloved among English choristers than anywhere else. He loved poetry and nature, and perhaps we can hear that reflected in some of the works on this recording. But it must be said that if he by and large eschewed church and the Anglican tradition, he sure as heck understood it well, for these religious pieces are as innately Anglican as any you will hear. Not that that is a bad thing, though […]