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Track(s) taken from CDH55147
Recording details: May 1988
Worcester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: October 1988
Total duration: 3 minutes 5 seconds

'The Worcester performances are near ideal … vividly atmospheric recording' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

Ecce sacerdos magnus
composer
1888
author of text
Common of a Confessor Bishop

Other recordings available for download
Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In October 1888 the Archbishop of Birmingham visited St George’s and for this occasion Elgar produced this setting developed from a melody in Haydn’s Harmoniemesse. It was orchestrated in 1893 for St Catherine’s of Siena, Birmingham. In this case it is dedicated to his boyhood friend Hubert Leicester, the son of a Worcester printer. Leicester was choirmaster at St George’s when Elgar was organist. His career was spent as a Worcester Accountant. He was for many years Mayor of Worcester and was later responsible for Elgar receiving the freedom of the city.

from notes by Lewis Foreman © 2007


Other albums featuring this work
'Elgar: Great is the Lord & other works' (CDA67593)
Elgar: Great is the Lord & other works

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