Clive Osgood’s Sacred Choral Music (CR049)

Review by Choir & Organ

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Clive Osgood could not wish for better advocates for his music than the excellent Excelsis chamber choir, the London Mozart Players and conductor, Robert Lewis, who give polished, expressive performances of his Dixit Dominus and a selection of shorter works in this beautifully produced showcase recording. The individual motets appealed to me more than the six-movement Dixit Dominus, in which there seems to be a mismatch between the drama of the text and the playful character of the score, finely crafted though it undoubtedly is. A simple setting of The peace of God, in two versions with piano accompaniment, is a little gam; Osgood has provided a convincing alternative to the famous Vaughan Williams setting of Come my way, my truth, my life; and the collection includes his Advent Motet Alleluia! A new work is come on hand, which was justifiably shortlisted for the 2016 BBC Radio 3 Carol Competition.

Clare Stevens, Choir & Organ, 10th December 2019

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