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Track(s) taken from CDA67330
Recording details: January 2002
Hereford Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: June 2002
Total duration: 8 minutes 24 seconds

Missa brevis
composer
March 1965; commissioned by the Friends of Coventry Cathedral for the Choir of the Cathedral
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

Kyrie  [2'01] Latin

Other recordings available for download
Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Missa brevis, commissioned for the choir of Coventry Cathedral, dates from 1965. The composer described it as ‘very brevis’, and indeed it is a notably compact work, expressly designed for liturgical use. The setting is unaccompanied until the Gloria, which comes last in the pattern of the Book of Common Prayer. The first three movements are rather austere in feel, but the Benedictus opens up at ‘Hosanna in the highest’ into a more opulent style. The Gloria starts with a quintessentially Waltonian burst of energy as the organ makes its surprise first appearance. There is an expressive treble solo in the centre before the closing choral section ‘For thou only art Holy’.

from notes by James O'Donnell © 2008


Other albums featuring this work
'The Feast of Ascension at Westminster Abbey' (CDA67680)
The Feast of Ascension at Westminster Abbey

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