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Ecce sacerdos magnus
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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

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Details for CDH55147 track 8
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-88-31308
Duration
3'05
Recording date
11 May 1988
Recording venue
Worcester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Elgar: Cathedral Music (CDA66313)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: October 1988
    Deletion date: July 2003
    Superseded by CDH55147
  2. Elgar: Cathedral Music (CDH55147)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: July 2003
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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