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Track(s) taken from CDA67808

Ubi caritas et amor

2006; SATB unaccompanied; for Gary Desmond and the Chior of Bristol City Church to sing at the Grand-Messe at Notre-Dame de Paris, 30 July 2006
author of text
Antiphon during the Washing of the Feet and Vespers on Maundy Thursday

Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Recording details: July 2009
Gloucester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: June 2010
Total duration: 3 minutes 9 seconds

Cover artwork: Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris (1986) by Charlotte Johnson Wahl (b1942)
Private Collection / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, sing superbly under the expert direction of Stephen Layton; wonderful quiet, melting legato phrases and passionate forte sections. The composer himself, playing the Gloucester Cathedral organ, provides impeccable accompaniments and stunning improvisations. I can confidently say that this recording is one of the finest CDs of sacred choral and organ music you’ll ever hear. I’m not ashamed to say I had tears in my eyes; listeners who are churchgoers and nonbelievers alike will find this disc a profoundly moving experience' (Gramophone)
Immediate comparisons with Cochereau’s teacher Duruflé are tempting in the setting of Ubi caritas et amor. Briggs takes the plainchant in different directions harmonically, however, and avoids a mere refurbishment of the Duruflé setting. This a cappella motet, like the Mass, was composed for a Bristol church—Bristol City Church—and first heard too in Notre-Dame de Paris, at Grand-Messe on 30 July 2006.

from notes by Meurig Bowen © 2010

Ubi caritas et amor rappelle d’emblée Duruflé, le professeur de Cochereau. Briggs fait toutefois prendre au plain-chant différentes directions harmoniques, pour ne pas juste rénover la version de Duruflé. Comme la Messe, ce motet a cappella fut composé pour une église de Bristol—la Bristol City Church—et créé à Notre-Dame de Paris lors de la grand-messe du 30 juillet 2006.

extrait des notes rédigées par Meurig Bowen © 2010
Français: Hypérion

In der Vertonung des Ubi caritas et amor drängt sich förmlich ein Vergleich mit Cochereaus Lehrer Duruflé auf. Briggs führt den Cantus planus jedoch in andere harmonische Richtungen und vermeidet eine bloße Aufarbeitung der Duruflé-Vertonung. Diese A-cappella-Motette entstand, ebenso wie die Messe, für eine Kirche in Bristol (Bristol City Church) und wurde auch erstmals in Notre-Dame de Paris aufgeführt, und zwar anlässlich der Grand-Messe am 30. Juli 2006.

aus dem Begleittext von Meurig Bowen © 2010
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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