Church Music Quarterly

The texts of the pieces on this interesting disc are drawn from Puritan writers and the Book of Common Prayer. The CD booklet contains an essay by the composers, putting the texts in historical context. The music is tonal and accessible, without being populist in style; one might say it is “post-modern”. Almost all the pieces are unaccompanied and most of the writing is homophonic. Voces Oxonienses sing with rich tone and expressively, with good diction and excellent breath control. Incidentally, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis that form part of the sequence Vespers might successfully be used liturgically at (Anglican choral) evensong as a modern “short” service if the Doxology might be borrowed from the setting of the twenty-third Psalm that completes the sequence. An interesting disc, indeed, and definitely worth hearing.