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Recording details: July 2007
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: October 2009
Total duration: 3 minutes 17 seconds
Cover artwork: Adoration of the Shepherds (detail) by Angelo Bronzino (1503-1572) Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Budapest / Bridgeman Art Library, London
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'Splendid singing illuminates these works from the vaults of Westminster … the Monteverdi Missa a 4 is especially virile and mellifluous … throughout, the choral singing under Martin Baker's direction glows resplendently, while still retaining its celebrated 'continental' edge. Another tremendous plus is the exhilarating, splashy, dynamic and fiery improvisations dished up by Matthew Martin on the Grand Organ … the recording is up to Hyperion's exemplary high standards' (Gramophone)
'The strikingly Byzantine Westminster Cathedral has stood for barely 100 years and yet its musical tradition is rooted several centuries before, in plainchant and renaissance polyphony, sung in spectacular style by its superb choir … impressive organ improvisations from Martin Baker complete a richly satisfying recording' (The Observer)
The Irish-born composer Charles Wood studied at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, which is where he then spent the majority of his working life. Chiefly known for his Anglican Church music, he is often overshadowed by his friend and colleague Charles Villiers Stanford. Wood wrote a number of evening canticle settings in both English and Latin. This Nunc dimittis in B flat dates from the late 1920s, and was published alongside another unaccompanied Nunc dimittis (in C), provided with both Latin and English texts by the composer.