Lovely new review from the July/August 2017 issue of American Record Guide

Dan Locklair: Choral Pieces – Lord Jesus Think on Me; Isaiah Canticles; Angel Song; En Natus Est Emanuel; Gloria; 0 Sacrum Convivium; Ubi Caritas; Ave, Verum Corpus; St Peter’s Rock; Pater Noster; Remembrance; The Lord Bless You and Keep You – Jeremy Cole, org; Winchester College Choir; Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir/ Malcolm Archer; Sospiri/ Christopher Watson – Convivium 33 – 74 minutes

Here is something new-American choral music recorded by English choirs. Dan Lock­lair is a prominent composer who has written numerous works for nearly every medium: orchestral, chamber, instrumental, dramatic, choral, piano, and organ. This is a selection of his sacred choral pieces, both a cappella and accompanied, with the large-scale Gloria for choir, brass and percussion as the centerpiece of the program.

The Winchester and Portsmouth choirs are composed of high school age students and handle the technical and,musical demands with ease. Sospiri is a professional ensemble directed by Christopher Watson and is heard in five of the selections. The writing ranges from the virtuosic and contrapuntal in the Glo­ria to the touching simplicity of the opening ‘Lord Jesus, think on me’ and concluding ‘The Lord bless you and keep you: The music is beautifully written, deeply expressive of the texts; and the choirs give superlative perform­ances. Extensive notes on the music and texts. – DELCAMP

More about the CD at https://conviviumrecords.co.uk/releases/dan-locklair-gloria-sacred-choral-works/.

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