Dr. Jeffrey Smith, music director and organist, leads the adult choir, boys' choir and girls' choir of Saint Paul's Parish, K Street, Washington, D.C. in a program of service music, psalms, anthems and hymns from the Anglican choral tradition. Also included are 5 solo organ selections, played upon the Schoenstein organ, played by Jeffrey Smith. Scott Dettra is organ accompanist.
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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Organists Review The choral items are sung to a very high standard and the accompaniments are splendid. These choirs have nothing to fear from comparisons with similar organisations elsewhere ... Schoenstein‘s organ kicks against tradition in many ways, but vindicates itself triumphantly. ... Let's be quite clear about it, the sound is exceptionally fine ... surely some of these romantic sounds justify a Les Routiers recommendation. The performances are superb and, for anyone who aspires to a really wide knowledge of the contemporary organ scene, this record is compulsory listening! - Roger Fisher
The American Record Guide ... a quite stunning facsimile of the English cathedral sound, produced with straight-toned women on the soprano part and a mix of male and female altos. The choral tone is superbly rich, more substantial than many an English cathedral choir, with excellent intonation and control in such demanding repertory ... The organ ... has the resources for a wide range of solo repertory. It sounds very impressive on this recording. It is a smooth and essentially romantic sound ... - Gatens
The Organ How comforting it is to listen to a recording like this and to realise that, despite all of the trials and tribulations that beset church music in Britain, standards like these prevail across the Atlantic. ... The tonally unified treble line of boys and girls makes a lovely sound and the diction, free from any sense of distortion, is admirable. - DWe