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Missa brevis
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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

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Details for CDA67330 track 11
Sanctus and Benedictus
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-02-33011
Duration
1'17
Recording date
4 January 2002
Recording venue
Hereford Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Walton: Coronation Te Deum & other choral works (CDA67330)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: June 2002
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