St John Henry Newman: A Meditation | Coro COR16191

St John Henry Newman: A Meditation


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Label: Coro

Cat No: COR16191

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 3rd June 2022



Once again The Sixteen and the Genesis Foundation have teamed up to bring premiere recordings of a fascinating selection of new choral commissions to audiences worldwide.

The five new choral works on this album – by James MacMillan, Will Todd, Anna Semple, Eoghan Desmond and Lisa Robertson – all grew from a meditation by St John Henry Newman. Newman was a theologian of towering stature and broad influence and his meditation resonates with great clarity in our present age.

Canonised in October 2019, Newman's writings represent a rich and thought-provoking legacy which are immortalised in three well-known hymns and Sir Edward Elgar’s exquisite elegy They are at rest. Also included are two of Elgar’s psalm settings – Great is the Lord and Give unto the Lord - both monumental works for choir and organ, full of grandeur and drama.

The album ends with a bonus track by Bob Chilcott - also a Genesis Foundation commission - based on Psalm 139.


As with all of The Sixteen’s releases, this new one manages to magically bridge the old and the new with ingenuity and complete integrity. The concept of building an album around the Meditations of John Henry Newman has, to my knowledge, not been attempted before. ... Of the longer-established works, a trio of Elgar’s anthems are given first-rate performances. ... A generous programme both in length and breadth and a joyful inspiration.  Malcolm Riley
Gramophone August 2022
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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