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Track(s) taken from CDA67707

Tollite portas – Ave Maria

5vv; Gradualia 1605 I:xiii
author of text
Psalm 23: 7, 3-4; Luke 1: 28, 42; Gradual & Alleluia at Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Advent

Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Recording details: July 2007
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: October 2009
Total duration: 3 minutes 54 seconds

Cover artwork: Adoration of the Shepherds (detail) by Angelo Bronzino (1503-1572)
Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Budapest / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'Splendid singing illuminates these works from the vaults of Westminster … the Monteverdi Missa a 4 is especially virile and mellifluous … throughout, the choral singing under Martin Baker's direction glows resplendently, while still retaining its celebrated 'continental' edge. Another tremendous plus is the exhilarating, splashy, dynamic and fiery improvisations dished up by Matthew Martin on the Grand Organ … the recording is up to Hyperion's exemplary high standards' (Gramophone)

'The strikingly Byzantine Westminster Cathedral has stood for barely 100 years and yet its musical tradition is rooted several centuries before, in plainchant and renaissance polyphony, sung in spectacular style by its superb choir … impressive organ improvisations from Martin Baker complete a richly satisfying recording' (The Observer)
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