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Alexander L’Estrange: On Eagles’ Wings

Alexander L’Estrange: On Eagles’ Wings

On Eagles’ Wings is a magnificent selection of sacred works by one of Britain’s most popular living choral composers, Alexander L’Estrange. Noted for the stylistic diversity and musical excellence of his compositions, L’Estrange has been billed as “the perfect 21st century musician” (Howard Goodall CBE).

Released by Signum Classics, the album is of great significance to both composer and conductor  Nigel Short helped launch L’Estrange’s choral career in 2002 by commissioning him to write a Christmas anthem for Tenebrae. This first anthem, Lute-book Lullaby, was to be L’Estrange’s first published choral work and its success resulted in countless commissions from festivals, schools and cathedral choirs, many of which feature on this album.

This is sacred music written to be used and Tenebrae make excellent advocates for it.

Gramophone Magazine
  • Release Date: 01 April 2016
  • Record Label: Signum Classics
  • Catalogue Number: SIGCD454
  • Location of Recording: Saint Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London
  • Total Running Time: 01:12:37
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Buy # Title Composer Duration Price Listen
1Magnificat (New College Service)Alexander L'Estrange06:53£ Listen
2Nunc Dimittis (New College Service)Alexander L'Estrange03:43£ Listen
3Lighten our Darkness (Prayers for Peace)Alexander L'Estrange01:41£ Listen
4Let All the World in Every Corner SingAlexander L'Estrange05:57£ Listen
5The Lord’s Prayer (Prayers for Peace)Alexander L'Estrange01:50£ Listen
6Tune Me, O LordAlexander L'Estrange06:50£ Listen
7On Eagles’ WingsAlexander L'Estrange04:52£ Listen
8Oculi OmniumAlexander L'Estrange02:48£ Listen
9My Song is Love UnknownAlexander L'Estrange08:47£ Listen
10God Be in My Head (Prayers for Peace)Alexander L'Estrange02:00£ Listen
11Panis AngelicusAlexander L'Estrange05:20£ Listen
12Lute-book LullabyAlexander L'Estrange04:36£ Listen
13Epiphany CarolAlexander L'Estrange05:03£ Listen
14Hodie!Alexander L'Estrange03:19£ Listen
15Let the People Praise YouAlexander L'Estrange04:52£ Listen
16An Irish BlessingAlexander L'Estrange03:51£ Listen

This is sacred music written to be used and Tenebrae make excellent advocates for it.

Gramophone Magazine

One gorgeous piece after another, in pristine, dew-fresh performances by the ever-wonderful choir Tenebrae. Alexander L’Estrange is a many-sided composer of prodigious gifts, and this is an album I will return to again and again; I recommend it warmly to all lovers of choral music.

John Rutter

“…with a rich, full-bottomed sound that finds the tragic mode in various prayers for peace and the exceptional My Song Is Love Unknown.”

Choir & Organ

The breadth and power of Alexander L’Estrange’s music is presented with incredible conviction by Tenebrae. There are echoes of the cathedral tradition inflected and refreshed with other elements.

Will Todd

The choir masterfully interprets all the works to perfection and gains power and warmth from one piece to the next, offering to its listeners deep bass sounds as well as the brilliant homogeneity of voices…


Alexander L’Estrange’s music is both approachable and highly popular and, at the same time, beautifully crafted and full of integrity

Simon Halsey

Glowing reviews for recent recordings

31 May 2016

L'Estrange Sessions 1 - April 2015

Tenebrae recording ‘On Eagles’ Wings’ – April 2015

Tenebrae is delighted to have received glowing reviews for the choir’s recent recordings of works by Alexander L’Estrange, Ola Gjeilo and Bob Chilcott. Described as “classic Tenebrae”, Gramophone Magazine praised Te... continued