The Beauty of Bells
Church Bells, Handbells, Carillons from England & Scotland
A well-compiled anthology combines to make an enjoyable musical experience.
Saydisc alludes to an attribute of bells which you may not have considered until now: that the (church) bells, handbells, and carillons in England and Scotland really are very beautiful.
If you love the sounds produced by the various forms of bells represented here, you’re unlikely to find the CD monotonous. Nevertheless, the producers at Saydisc have compiled a sequence full of variety.
You are always stimulated by what comes next. On the one hand this makes for a useful demonstration of just what the instruments can do; but also - perhaps just as important - the CD provides a musical feast in its own right.
To the experience must be added an awareness of the place in British history of bell ringing. Indeed, the CD is worth its price for the very informative seven-page booklet about the origins and development of ringing.
[The recordings] are all - without exception - well recorded and convey the precision, subtlety and sheer delight of their players and the love they have of their ancient craft.
Extract from a review in Music Web International by Mark Sealey.
The full review can be read on: http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2018/Oct/Beauty_bells_CDSDL448.htm