MusicWeb International One of the most grown-up review sites around 2023
Approaching 60,000 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here Acte Prealable Polish CDs

Presto Music CD retailer
Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             


Some items
to consider

new MWI
Current reviews

old MWI
pre-2023 reviews

paid for

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews

Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

All Troubadisc reviews

FOGHORN Classics

Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews

All HDTT reviews

Songs to Harp from
the Old and New World

all Nimbus reviews

all tudor reviews

Follow us on Twitter

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

Buy through MusicWeb for £13.50/14/14.75 postage paid World-wide.
You may prefer to pay by Sterling cheque or Euro notes to avoid PayPal. Contact for details

Musicweb Purchase button


Pader an Arleth - Music for Truro Cathedral
David BRIGGS (b. 1962)
The Truro Eucharist (Kyrie [2:16]; Gloria [3:34]; Sanctus [1:07]; Benedictus [1:14]; Agnus Dei [2:57])
Jonathan CARNE
Lannanta Carol [4:01]
Russell PASCOE
Lo, how a Rose e’re blooming [5:01]
Gabriel JACKSON (b. 1962)
Missa Triueriensis (Kyrie [2:08]; Gloria [3:50]; Sanctus [1:34]; Benedictus [0:46]; Agnus Dei [2:57])
David BRIGGS (b. 1962)
The Truro Service (Magnificat [4:56]; Nunc Dimittis [6:11])
Preces and Responses [1:19]
The Truro Service (Magnificat [5:00]; Nunc Dimittis [3:50]; Responses after the Creed [8:32]; Watts’ Cradle Song [2:20])
Russell PASCOE
Pader an Arleth [3:57]
Choir of Truro Cathedral/Robert Sharpe
Christopher Gray (organ)
rec. Truro Cathedral, 16, 17, 19 May 2006
REGENT REGCD249 [72:57]

Pader an Arleth (The Lord’s Prayer in Cornish) is the latest choral CD release from Truro Cathedral. It is a collection of anthems and settings represented by contemporary composers who have a close affiliation with the cathedral. The repertoire, much of which is previously unrecorded, is expertly directed by Robert Sharpe.
The compilation begins with a splendid setting of the Eucharist by David Briggs. It is quite clear, particularly when the Gloria gets under way, that this is a setting written by a virtuoso organist - and an increasingly productive composer. There are strong hints of the French organ school – particularly Vierne and Litaize – which is dealt with beautifully in the hands of Christopher Gray. The choir sound is clear and crisp, though my immediate impression is that one or two more boys are needed to match the forces of the lower parts.
Lannanta Carol is a clever and unusual little piece for organ and upper voices. The treble sound is buoyant and pure, my only tiny criticism being that whilst very clear diction is highly commendable, the rolled ‘Rs’ are slightly overdone for a recording.
The first of two pieces by Russell Pascoe, Lo, How a Rose e’re blooming is a beautifully crafted carol for a cappella choir. The ensemble is excellent with nice blend and control from the lower parts. However, the performance is tainted by a slightly sharp treble line in places.
The Missa Triueriensis is tailored perfectly to the needs of the choir and acoustic, incorporating all sorts of influences - Jonathan Harvey in the Benedictus? - with more than a nod to the Tudor period. The Gloria particularly is given an exciting and snappy performance; the choir is clearly at home singing a cappella. The ethereal Salve Regina is quite Tavener-esque. Again one or two more trebles would make the climaxes even more exciting.
The Briggs Truro Service is another roller-coaster ride for all concerned. The beginning of the Magnificat is a wonderful hybrid of Stanford in G on speed and Howells fifty years beyond his time. Again, there is plenty to keep the organist busy, and the choir evidently enjoys Briggs’ music. And why wouldn’t they? It’s superb! The sustained and lush Nunc Dimittis oozes Howells and languishes in the space handsomely.
The Comeau Truro Service by comparison is rather more restrained but by no means any less creative. Interesting threads of ideas pervade the music carefully reflecting the meaning of the text. The composer alludes to Debussy and Messiaen in the CD sleeve-notes. I would add Kenneth Leighton to that list too. The treble top B flat - B flat being a particularly resonant note in Truro Cathedral - at the end of each Gloria is a real treble tester and comes off beautifully. Comeau’s responses are also an homage to Leighton – neat, slick and executed in a necessarily tight and decisive way. Watts’ Cradle Song is Comeau’s last contribution to the disc, and has a particularly personal association with the conductor – a commission by the Choral Scholars as a Christening gift for an addition to the Sharpe family. Cunning juxtapositions of two, then three flat/sharp key signatures represent the additional kindred.
The collection finishes appropriately with the second Pascoe piece, Pader an Arleth – a beautifully serene and moving setting of the Lord’s Prayer. The piece wallows delightfully in the building and dies away to nothing, allowing the listener to reflect upon a thoroughly enjoyable and praiseworthy recording.
Max Kenworthy



Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Chandos recordings
All Chandos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews

all Bridge reviews

all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews

All Eloquence reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews


Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing



Return to Review Index

Untitled Document

Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.