The choirs of Saint Paul's Parish, K Street, Washington, D.C., under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Smith, with Bruce Neswick, organist, Rev. Andrew L. Sloane, pastor, and The Washington Symphonic Brass and congregation, present creative, often festive arrangements of 12 hymns from the Anglican tradition. Included in select hymns are several organ improvisations from Jeffrey Smith, between stanzas.
From its establishment in 1866, music has played an integral role in the life and worship of Saint Paul’s Parish. The Parish Choir, comprised mostly of volunteers, sings each Sunday at the 11:15 a.m. Solemn Mass, as well as Holy Days and numerous special services. The Girls Choir, founded in 1994, sings at the 9:00 a.m. Sung Mass each Sunday. The Choir of Men and Boys, re-founded in 1994, sings each Sunday at Solemn Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 6:00 p.m. In addition to their primary liturgical responsibilities, the girl and boy choristers have appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra in performances at The Kennedy Center under the direction of such masters as Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Christopher Hogwood. The four-manual Schoenstein organ heard on this recording was installed in 1996 and has garnered international
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John H. Uhrig and Jeffrey Smith
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The Absolute Sound ABSOLUTE SOUND GOLDEN EAR AWARD FOR 2000 – My last Ear goes to a CD from a genre that seldom gets represented in ’best of’ discussions: church music. It is a terrific recording in all ways and a long-overdue homage to Frederick Hohman, who has produced and engineered most of the sessions for his exciting Pro Organo label. ... The pure, bright sound of this American boy choir rivals any heard on English recordings, and the organ and brass playing are first-rate. The sound is excellent, rich and resonant, yet not lacking in detail. It is difficult to record large forces like this in a huge church, but Hohman has pulled it off, like a master magician. - Rad Bennett
The American Organist “Good acoustics, good booklets: these cakes are full of raisins. ... Praise to the Holiest includes some impressive organ improvisations by Mr. Smith.“ - Vernon Gotwals - Dec 1999
The American Record Guide Classy arrangements of 12 inspiring hymns performed by smooth voices and brass caught in plush sound by the Pro Organo engineers. The rich spiritual diversity of these timeless statement of faith is emphasized gorgeously by these arrangements. - Greenfield
The Living Church I visited St. Paul’s the day after the high drama of the Presiding Bishop’s installation. And this is why.