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Hyperion Records

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Ruins of Holyrood Chapel by Louis J M Daguerre (1787-1851)
The Board of Trustees of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
Track(s) taken from CDH55195
Recording details: February 1991
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: July 1992
Total duration: 12 minutes 59 seconds

'Leighton at his most moving. St Paul's choir brings glowingly alive both the strength and the tenderness of this music. I can enthusiastically recommend this record' (Organists' Review)

Missa brevis, Op 50
composer
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

Sanctus  [1'36] English
Benedictus  [1'42] English
Agnus Dei  [3'38] English

Introduction
The Missa Brevis, Op 50, was written for the choir of Liverpool Cathedral and was published in 1968. It has become one of the most popular choral settings of the communion service by a contemporary composer and is regularly heard at cathedrals and churches throughout Britain and America. The five movements heard here are ‘Kyrie eleison’, ‘Sanctus’, ‘Benedictus’, ‘Agnus Dei’ and ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo’. The order follows that of the Book of Common Prayer in which the ‘Gloria’ is sung after communion.

from notes by William McVicker 1992

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