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O Lord, the maker of all things

composer
Hymn for Evening Prayer
author of text

 
Mundy’s English music seems most successful when reminiscent of a Catholic ritual function: O Lord, the world’s Saviour and O Lord, the maker of all things—the latter deservedly one of the most popular and widely circulated anthems then as now, so renowned as to be later ascribed to Henry VIII—are Hymns for Evening Prayer. The Magnificat and Nunc dimittis ‘in medio chori’ is easily his largest-scale English work and among the most ambitious by anyone in the sixteenth century in the richness of its scoring (up to eleven parts), the contrasts of varied solo and full voices, and the rare use of very high trebles. Few establishments would have been able to muster the resources for such a work, including a separate solo group in between the normal ‘decani’ and ‘cantoris’ sides of the choir—presumed to be the meaning of the subtitle. We must assume a special occasion at the Chapel Royal and once again regret the lack of documentation on Mundy’s career.

from notes by Nicolas Robertson © 1989

Recordings

Mundy: Sacred Choral Music
CDH55086
The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony
CDS44401/1010CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Details

Track 1 on CDH55086 [2'56]
Track 1 on CDS44401/10 CD10 [2'56] 10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44401/10 disc 10 track 1

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-31901
Duration
2'56
Recording date
9 August 1988
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Mundy: Sacred Choral Music (CDA66319)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: July 1989
    Deletion date: September 2002
    Superseded by CDH55086
  2. Mundy: Sacred Choral Music (CDH55086)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: September 2002
  3. The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony (CDS44401/10)
    Disc 10 Track 1
    Release date: November 2009
    10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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