Choral Hymns of the Christian Faith
Artist: Portara Ensemble
Polly Brecht, Organ and Piano
Released: October 30, 2012
Discs: 2 | Tracks: 30 | Total Time: 98:39
Available for purchase on Amazon
Portara Ensemble’s first major CD release is here! Choral Hymns of the Christian Faith is a 2-CD set of 30 hymns, recorded in the santuary of the lovely First Lutheran Church in Nashville, TN, and released by Naxos on the Reminiscent label.
The album is receiving high marks for its artistic quality and ambition. Here’s what Classics Today had to say in their album review:
The singing is uniformly excellent (nice sectional unisons!), and it’s all expressed with a genuineness that’s quite affecting. […] Recordings of this repertoire, especially performed without embellishment or all kinds of production enhancement—in other words, the way it is intended to be sung—are rare enough; but a newly produced collection of this size and quality is truly something to celebrate—and to keep close by.
A review of Notable Sacred Music for 2012 by Christianity Today also included Portara’s recording, joining recordings by Eric Whitacre, The King’s Singers, and John Rutter on the 10-member list:
Sacred music continues to thrive in the church and concert halls and 2012 brings a wealth of stellar releases. […] There aren’t many modern recordings featuring traditional hymnody, simply sung, and this two-disc collection fills that need[…].