Composed by Kenneth Leighton. Classical, Choral. Classical. CD. Naxos #DCD34218. Published by Naxos (NX.DCD34218).
Released to mark the ninetieth anniversary of the composer's birth, this programme of Kenneth Leighton's choral music reflects his outstanding accomplishments in the genre across his entire composing career: it includes Leighton's earliest and last pieces for unaccompanied choir, three Christmas carols, two extended masterpieces, and two works composed for the Choir of St Mary's Cathedral itself. Extensively praised under its current director of music Duncan Ferguson, the choir has both a historical affinity for this body of work and a sophisticated musicianship which here produces performances of focused maturity and depth.