Of Times and Seasons – Songs and Anthems by Peter Lea-Cox

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Catalogue No: DDA 25109
EAN/UPC: 809730510922
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Release Date: May 2013
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Discs: 1
Sample: "sailing to Byzantium" - extract

Peter Lea-Cox is an English composer who while concentrating on vocal (usually sacred) music, employs a huge range of styles in order to best express the words being set – from the dissonance of Winter Prelude to the simple folk-like melody of ‘Let the Season Lift your Spirit’. Above all is Peter’s tremendous sensitivity to the texts and the word-painting and coloration he employs. This album presents a set of six songs on texts by Gerard Manley Hopkins, a set of Anthems for solo voice – for several of the ecclesiastical seasons – and a collection of other songs.

Track Listing

    Peter Lea-Cox:

  1. I. Six Songs of Gerard Manley Hopkins − Hurrahing in Harvest (2:49)
  2. II. Six Songs of Gerard Manley Hopkins − Spring (2:37)
  3. III. Six Songs of Gerard Manley Hopkins − Pied Beauty (1:34)
  4. IV. Six Songs of Gerard Manley Hopkins − Thee, God, I come from (2:28)
  5. V. Six Songs of Gerard Manley Hopkins − As kingfishers catch fire (2:24)
  6. VI. Six Songs of Gerard Manley Hopkins − The Windhover (2:33)
  7. I. Eight Seasonal Anthems − Noel Nouvelet (4:07)
  8. II. Eight Seasonal Anthems − Behold, the herald’s voice is calling (4:37)
  9. III. Eight Seasonal Anthems − Crown him, Lord of Lords (3:21)
  10. IV. Eight Seasonal Anthems − God’s word is our great heritage (2:39)
  11. V. Eight Seasonal Anthems − Baptised into your Name most Holy (2:38)
  12. VI. Eight Seasonal Anthems − Saviour, when in dust to you (4:02)
  13. VII. Eight Seasonal Anthems − Come before the Saviour’s table (3:05)
  14. VIII. Eight Seasonal Anthems − Rejoice, rejoice this happy morn (3:15)
  15. Cathedral at night (3:05)
  16. Let the season lift your spirit (3:25)
  17. The Clod and the Pebble (1:53)
  18. Winter Prelude (3:10)
  19. Afterwards (5:52)
  20. Sailing to Byzantium (4:54)
  21. Like the touch of rain (2:55)
  22. Garlic and Sapphires (2:07)
  23. Baby Sleeping (3:20)

Reviews

Fanfare

The songs and anthems of Peter Lea-Cox are eminently appealing. The cleanliness and purity of Lesley-Jane Rogers’s soprano is perfectly suited to the music she sings), while Jennie-Helen Moston accompanies with superb sensitivity. [Rogers] sustains the exposed, poignant lines of Afterwards (Hardy) stunningly. The recording is excellent, particularly when it comes to preserving the warmth of the piano. A most enjoyable disc.

” —Colin Clarke
Musical Opinion

Peter Lea-Cox is an accomplished composer … each one of these carefully crafted songs has its own individual charm and character … deeply attractive body of music. Performances are admirable… recording quality is also very good. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

” —Robert Matthew-Walker
The Classical Reviewer

This is a very attractive collection of songs and anthems that deserve to be included in the repertoire. As usual from Divine Art, the booklet is beautifully produced with notes by Lesley-Jane Rogers and Peter Lea-Cox together with full texts. The recording is excellent. Lesley-Jane Rogers’ … singing is often really lovely in the quieter and more gentle passages. I do urge all those interested in English song and church anthems to hear this disc.

” —Bruce Reader
MusicWeb

Will appeal to listeners who enjoy the vocal music of composers such as Gerald Finzi and John Ireland, the emphasis being on a sensitive fusion of words and music. I enjoyed the ‘Collected Songs’ best of all. Lesley-Jane Rogers gives an outstanding account of these songs. The accompanist Jennie-Helen Moston makes a valuable and sympathetic contribution. The sound quality is ideal. Explore slowly and enjoy the diversity on offer here.

” —John France
American Record Guide

These typically English songs are solid anthems and well suited for church services

” —Mary Southwell