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Choir of New College Oxford


John Blow, Symphony Anthems

Total Playing time: 1h 13' 05''   DDD
Recorded in St Michael's Church, Summertown, Oxford, July 2015
Released May 2016
Novum: NCR 1389

"All the works are given splendid performances which not only remind us that there is more to Blow than merely being Purcell’s mentor but also confirm that New College’s famous choir is in very good hands." - David Vickers
Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

"It's wonderful to hear New College Choir - for 38 years led by Edward Higginbottom - in equally excellent form on this first disk under Robert Quinney."
Editor's Choice, Gramophone

"It is a must for admirers of Restoration church music."   - William Gatens 
American Record Guide, Jan 2017


John Blow – mentor, colleague and friend of Purcell – deserves recognition as a major figure in the flourishing of music that followed the Restoration in 1660. This new recording by New College Choir – its first under the direction of Robert Quinney – includes three previously unrecorded symphony anthems, together with ceremonial works written for the coronation of James II and the consecration of the rebuilt St Paul’s Cathedral. Alongside these, Quinney presents the first performance in 400 years of a newly reconstructed verse anthem. New College Choir and St James’ Baroque, playing period instruments, bring Blow’s innovative and strikingly individual voice vividly to life.  Click below for PDF liner notes. 

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