Reviews for Star of Heaven: The Eton Choirbook Legacy
8 January 2019
Star of Heaven: The Eton Choirbook Legacy is a new album, recorded by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. It features Genesis Foundation commissions by Sir James MacMillan and emerging composers Phillip Cooke, Marco Galvani and Joseph Phibbs all based on texts from the Eton Choirbook, as well as Stephen Hough’s Hallowed, another Genesis Foundation commission exploring faith worldwide. Star of Heaven was released on 2 November 2018 to critical acclaim.
“They’ve commissioned new pieces often to the same texts from really, really interesting composers, the Genesis Foundation funded that”
-BBC Radio 3 Record Review’s Best of 2018, listen here.
“It’s a good time for excellent British choral releases”
– The Observer, read here.
“What really raises the pulse though, are the group’s newer commissions, which give a living context to the older music”
– i newspaper ☆☆☆☆
“Across the disc, complex polyphonic edifices are negotiated with Christopher’s intuitive suavity”
-BBC Music Magazine ☆☆☆☆
“This is a sumptuous and impressive performance”
-Gramophone, read here.
“Rich and sumptuous”
-All Music ☆☆☆☆ 1/2 stars, read here.
“There’s much that I appreciated and think I shall come to enjoy with repeated listening”
-Music Web International, read here.
“The singing of The Sixteen is clean, focused and superbly blended”
-Andrew Benson-Wilson, read here.