The Anthems (Volume 1)
The Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge directed by Geoffrey Webber with Gavin Roberts & Timothy Uglow (organ)
Reviewed by: David Wordsworth
Reviewed: December 2001
CD No: PRIORY PRCD 754
Nonetheless this selection of mostly short Anthems and organ pieces display Wood’s gifts for melody, a fine awareness of just what a choir can and can’t do, a contrapuntal freedom, and an admirable craftsmanship. Aside from the shorter anthems there are at least two more ambitious pieces worthy of further investigation – O King most high, and Tis the day of the Resurrection – more daringly chromatic and manipulating to great effect the resources of a double choir.
The performances are very pleasing – the Choir of Gonville and Caius College are obviously a well-drilled and dedicated group.