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Songs and Anthems by Peter Lea-Cox

Peter Lea-Cox is an English composer who while concentrating on vocal (usually sacred) music, employs a huge range of styles in order to best express the words being set - from the dissonance of Winter Prelude to the simple folk-like melody of 'Let the Season Lift your Spirit'. Above all is Peter's tremendous sensitivity to the texts and the word-painting and coloration he employs. This album presents a set of six songs on texts by Gerard Manley Hopkins, a set of Anthems for solo voice - for several of the ecclesiastical seasons - and a collection of other songs.

CD DURATION:  73:02 

AUDIO SAMPLE: "sailing to Byzantium" - extract






Cathedral at Night (piano solo)
Six Songs of Gerard Manley Hopkins:
Hurrahing in Harvest
Pied Beauty
Thee, God, I come from
As kingfishers catch fire
The Windhover
Eight Seasonal Anthems:
Noel Nouvelet
Behold the herald's voice is calling
Crown him Lord of Lords
God's word is our great heritage
Baptised into your name most holy
Saviour, when in dust to you
Come before the Saviour's table
Rejoice, rejoice this happy morn
Collected Songs:
Let the season lift your spirit
The Clod and the Pebble
Winter Prelude
Sailing to Byzantium
Like the touch of rain
Garlic and Sapphires
Baby Sleeping

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“This is a very attractive collection of songs and anthems that deserve to be included in the repertoire. As usual from Divine Art, the booklet is beautifully produced with notes by Lesley-Jane Rogers and Peter Lea-Cox together with full texts. The recording is excellent. Lesley-Jane Rogers' … singing is often really lovely in the quieter and more gentle passages. I do urge all those interested in English song and church anthems to hear this disc.” – TheClassical Reviewer

“Will appeal to listeners who enjoy the vocal music of composers such as Gerald Finzi and John Ireland, the emphasis being on a sensitive fusion of words and music. I enjoyed the ‘Collected Songs' best of all. Lesley-Jane Rogers gives an outstanding account of these songs. The accompanist Jennie-Helen Moston makes a valuable and sympathetic contribution. The sound quality is ideal. Explore slowly and enjoy the diversity on offer here.” – John France (MusicWeb)

“These typically English songs are solid anthems and well suited for church services” – Mary Southwell (American Record Guide)

“The songs and anthems of Peter Lea-Cox are eminently appealing. The cleanliness and purity of Lesley-Jane Rogers's soprano is perfectly suited to the music she sings), while Jennie-Helen Moston accompanies with superb sensitivity. [Rogers] sustains the exposed, poignant lines of "Afterwards" (Hardy) stunningly. The recording is excellent, particularly when it comes to preserving the warmth of the piano. A most enjoyable disc.” - Colin Clarke (Fanfare)

“Peter Lea-Cox is an accomplished composer … each one of these carefully crafted songs has its own individual charm and character … deeply attractive body of music. Performances are admirable… recording quality is also very good.” – Robert Matthew-Walker (Musical Opinion) (awarded 5 stars)