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Finale (detail) by David Jenks
Private Collection / Reproduced by kind permission of the artist
Track(s) taken from CDA67507
Recording details: September 2000
St Peter and St Paul, Wadhust, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Cotton
Engineered by Geoff Miles
Release date: June 2005
Total duration: 3 minutes 58 seconds

'Tonus Peregrinus is a double quartet of expert singers brought together by the composer. With firm, fresh voices and precise intonation … they sound as ideal a group for fulfilling his intentions as he is likely to find on this side of the Heaven to which so much of his music aspires' (Gramophone)

'Seven shorter pieces complete the programme, the best of which are Adoro te and Amen, both of which make striking use of dynamic and spatial effects. The performances are excellent' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Heatedly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

The Lord's Prayer
author of text
Matthew 6: 9-13

The Lord’s Prayer, as it appears in St Matthew’s Gospel, is the most frequently recited of all Christian texts. It comprises an address, seven petitions, and a doxology. Pitts’s musical setting gently fragments the prayer by systematically repeating and dovetailing small groups of words. The text is transported between the various lines of the choral texture as the voice parts align with the opening singer one by one, petition by petition. The effect is ultimately one of intense unification rather than diversification. This unification is underlined at the doxology where the voices merge robustly in homophony.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly 2005

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