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Hyperion Records

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St Peter enthroned as Pope, initial from the Litlyngton Missal (1383/4).
Westminster Abbey Library / Copyright © Dean and Chapter of Westminster
Track(s) taken from CDA67770
Recording details: February 2009
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Produced by David Trendell
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: August 2010
Total duration: 7 minutes 28 seconds

'A sumptuous banquet of choral delight awaits the hungry listener, laid out in three carefully balanced courses, to be savoured slowly, the whole programme sung and played with superlative skill … James O'Donnell, his Westminster musicians and the Hyperion team have produced another jewel of a disc' (Gramophone)

'The choir sounds best in Stanford's quintessentially Anglican Service in B flat and in Walton's The Twelve (1965) to a text by Auden. Its flamboyant organ part and fugal 'Twelve as the winds and the months' finale are intriguin and uplifting' (The Observer)

'This superb CD … now that sung Matins is virtually extinct in all but the most august establishments, Stanford's Te Deum and Jubilate from his B flat Service have become comparative rarities, and they make a terrific impact here, organ and choir combining with exultant, spine-tingling resonance … this is cathedral choral singing at its finest and most inspiring' (The Daily Telegraph)

'This glorious disc from Hyperion, celebrating what the Abbey choir is all about … the centrepiece of the disc is Byrd's glorious Mass for five voices, superbly delivered in a performance of outstanding clarity and sensitivity under James O'Donnell … Dupré adds his gloss to a Bach cantata movement to provide Robert Quinney and the Abbey organ a magnificent showpiece with which to round off this sumptuous musical feast with suitable exuberance … Hyperion's excellent recording perfectly captures the unique atmosphere. It's as good as being there—without the babble of tourists' (International Record Review)

The Preces and Responses
composer
for the 1972 Edington Festival of Music with the Liturgy
author of text

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The Preces and Responses are by Philip Radcliffe, a distinguished musicologist who for many years was a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge, and lecturer in music at the university. Originally composed for the annual Festival of Music within the Liturgy at Edington, Wiltshire, these are a gentle and effective setting of great warmth and lyricism. The Lord’s Prayer is a particularly beautiful and expressive treatment of these familiar words.

from notes by James O'Donnell © 2010

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