Onyx Brass reaches the top of the UK Classical Chart

10 September 2015

Onyx Brass reached number 1 on the UK Classical Chart this month, with their recording of Hubert Parry’s I was glad & other choral works. Under James O’Donnel’s direction, Onyx joined forces with The Choir of Westminster Abbey and organist Daniel Cook to record nine of Parry’s choral pieces. Released by Hyperion Records, the album has been very well received, bringing about many positive reviews and reaching the top of the UK Classical Chart in the first week of release.

‘This seems to me a highly rewarding release of the highest quality, deserving investigation by all interested in cathedral music.’ (Audiophile Audition, USA)

'The Choir of Westminster Abbey give solid, well-crafted performances … Onyx Brass play very well, with a wide range of dynamics, and many listeners may welcome their contribution … certainly, listeners can enjoy the dignity and grandeur of the sounds of choir, organ and brass ringing around the historic spaces of Westminster Abbey' (Gramophone)

'The performances on this disc achieve the highest standards. The sound is excellent; the choir is well focused and ‘present’ while the organ is reported thrillingly … a magnificent disc' (MusicWeb International)

‘James O'Donnell's performance of I was glad is hugely expansive and majestic, its grandeur of conception enhanced by its use of Grayston Ive's arrangement which adds brass to the organ. I'm not sure there isn't an element of overkill in this: the trumpets, horns, trombones and tuba resonate so resplendently in Westminster Abbey's acoustic that the choir can seem unduly miniaturised in comparison. Still, it's difficult to resist the spine-tingling monumentalism of the performance, especially in its high-resolution download format.’ (BBC Music Magazine)

'The work that truly sends shivers up and down the spine in this programme is the anthem 'I Was Glad', written for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902 and sung at every coronation since It is not merely the grandeur of the piece that is so impressive but also the fact that Parry’s choral part-writing and his glorious shifts of harmony create such a stirring, vibrant, awesome majesty of sound, enhanced here by both organ and Onyx Brass' (The Telegraph)

You can buy your copy directly here.