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Hyperion Records

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The Annunciation with two saints and four prophets (1333) by Simone Martini (1284-1344)
& Lippo Memmi (fl1317-1347). Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67938
Recording details: October 2011
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: January 2013
Total duration: 4 minutes 6 seconds

'The choir is on excellent form and the recorded sound seems perfectly to capture a sense of place, of atmosphere' (Gramophone)

'This is an album for those who love the acoustic, the atmosphere and the traditions of the Roman Catholic Cathedral in London … the pacing and cohesion of the Agnus Dei of Paelstrina's Missa Emendemus in Melius is accomplished and moving, and their singing of plainsong with organ second-to-none' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The true musical spirit of the Lenten season … is to be found in the ancient antiphons, psalms and motets which have been part of the liturgical fabric of the season for centuries. This is what we have here, and an intensely beautiful CD it makes too … nobody could remain untouched by the profound beauty and timelessness of this music, and given these unaffected, sensitive and fluent performances from a choir which has been singing Lenten music in a liturgical context for decades, the result is something very special indeed … this is a beautifully devised programme, sung with ineffable perceptiveness by the Westminster choristers and recorded with utterly natural atmosphere by the Hyperion team' (International Record Review)

Iustus ut palma
composer
author of text
Psalm 92: 13-4; 84: 1-2, 4-5, 12

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Colin Mawby began his musical education as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral under George Malcolm. Mawby rose through the ranks of juvenile and adult assistant, eventually serving as Master of Music from 1961 to 1976. Mawby has written some uniquely effective music for the choir, and the macaronic anthem Iustus ut palma combines its English and Latin texts with the same alacrity as that with which Mawby fuses the textures of choir, baritone soloist, and organ.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly © 2013

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