Door to Paradise: Music from Eton Choirbook / Darlington, Christ Church Cathedral Choir Oxford

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The Door to Paradise celebrates Stephen Darlington’s more than thirty year legacy as Director of the distinguished Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. This unprecedented contribution to the choral discography is the most comprehensive collection to date of music from the Eton Choirbook. The Door to Paradise brings together all five volumes of the Choir’s survey in a newly-packaged, beautifully presented deluxe box set with a newly-penned overview of the project by Darlington. This extraordinary collection of English sacred music from the early Renaissance reveals a striking diversity and range of stylistic structures, harmony, sonority, ornamentation and improvisation, and brings to light two world premiere recordings- Walter Lambe’s Gaude flore virginali and John Browne’s second setting of the Salve regina. The collection’s title derives from a dual meaning: the “door to paradise” is the English translation of a line from Browne’s O regina mundi clara, while the cover image features the “Alice Door” between the Deanery and Cathedral Gardens of Christ Church, Oxford, featured in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Excerpts of reviews from select, previously released volumes included in this set:

The Sun Most Radiant: Music from the Eton Choirbook, Vol. 4

Stunningly effective singing, with insightful and precise direction by Stephen Darlington. A ground-breaking achievement.

– Early Music Review

Choirs of Angels - Music from the Eton Choirbook Vol 2

Intonation is exact, enunciation clear, the tonal balance distinct between parts yet carefully blended. Phrasing is expressive. Overall, fine performances in sacred music of remarkable eloquence.

– Fanfare

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: AV2395

  • UPC: 822252239522

  • Label: AVIE

  • Composer: Edmund Turges, Hugh Kellyk, John Browne, John Fawkyner, John Hampton, Richard Davy, Robert Fayrfax, Robert Hacomplaynt, Robert Wylkynson, Walter Lambe, William Cornysh, William Horwood, William of Stratford

  • Conductor: Stephen Darlington

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir