Francis Grier: Twelve Anthems


La belle dame sans merci & other partsongs

Twelve original compositions to sacred words, by Francis Grier.

Artist: The Rodolfus Choir
Conductor: Ralph Alwood
Countertenor: James Bowman
Label: Herald (Released: December 1994)



1. Let us invoke Christ
Three Short Anthems
2. Great is the Power of Thy Cross
3. God, who made the earth and sky
4. Proclaim His triumph
5. Day after day (Soloist: James Bowman)
6. Salve Regina
Three Devotions
7. Corpus Christi carol
8. O King of the Friday
9. Christ's Love Song
10. The voice of my beloved
11. Delectus meus mihi
12. Thou, O God, art praised in Sion

This is outstanding by any standards. The Rodolfus is one of Britain’s very finest young choirs, and excellence rules throughout. These short anthems also show Francis Grier at his best: beautifully thought-out, imaginative, varied, inventive writing for choir, especially the a cappella items. The clear, natural soprano tone is a delight, the lads (solos included) are every bit as good. James Bowman ravishes. Sheer pleasure.
Roderic Dunnett, BBC Music Magazine

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