This month I indulged in my favourite period of classical music, the Baroque (c.1600-1750), and I reviewed the latest CD release from the Choir of St John's College, Deo, a tribute to the transcendental choral music of the British composer, Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012).
Baroque music, music from 17th and 18th centuries, is the soundtrack to my life and so I've attempted to explain how this music of the past can be so present in our lives. Appearing throughout the show, there'll be concertos, choral music and keyboard works from J.S. Bach, G. Gabrieli, Vierdanck, Couperin, Handel and C.P.E. Bach.
The Choir of St John's College have been one of the main exponents of the Cambridge-educated composer, Jonathan Harvey, and so it was only a matter of time until they made a tribute to his choral output. Their disc, Deo, presents definitive recordings of his Missa Brevis, Evening Canticles, I Love the Lord, Toccata for Organ and Tape and much more. I offer my thoughts on this achievement.