Jackson: Not no faceless Angel (CD Review - The Observer, 2009)

Stephen Layton's apparently ceaseless offerings for Hyperion continue with this disc of contemplative pieces by today's sucessor to Herbert Howells, Gabriel Jackson, a composer who manages to refer reverentially to music from the early Tudor period to late Stravinksy and beyond and yet stays completely in the present in his search for the transcendent. The radiant singing of Polyphony brings to life a dozen diverse pieces with both religious and secular themes; it takes its title from a setting of an astonishingly poignant poem on bereavement by Tanya Lake, a young singer in the junior chamber choir at the Royal College. Highly recommended.

Stephen Pritchard

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