…the singing emphatically suggests that Christ Church may well be our best choir for sixteenth century polyphony.
Stephen Darlington masterfully paragraphs these monumental pieces through the careful pacing of his dynamics. … This is a stellar recording.
Stephen Darlington, as always, conducts with admirable musical and textual insight.
Under the inspirational direction of Stephen Darlington, [this] is a disc to send the spirits soaring. Glorious beyond words.
Again and again I was struck by Stephen Darlington’s affinity with this music: his instinctive choice of effective tempi, his effortless transitions from section to section and his masterly overview of these large scale works.
These really are brilliantly composed works, and Stephen Darlington and the Christ Church Choir understand them better than most.
Stephen Darlington draws an outstanding performance from the musicians
It is under Stephen Darlington that the choir has really come into its own as one of the best traditional male-voice performers of Renaissance choral music….a wonderful mix of passion and energy.
Early Haydn receives a vital, fresh-voiced account in a warmly sympathetic acoustic…there is ample bite, too, in this performance under Darlington, a fine tribute to his work as the Christ Church choirmaster
Stephen Darlington’s performance, captured in the beautiful acoustic of Oxford’s Christ Church Cathedral, does real justice to this moving work.