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Track(s) taken from CDA67928

Give almes of thy goods

author of text
Offertory Sentence from the Book of Common Prayer, 1549/1552; Tobias 4: 7

Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Recording details: June 2011
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Summerly
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: May 2012
Total duration: 1 minutes 47 seconds

Cover artwork: Orb of the world in Christ’s hand (detail from the Westminster Retable).
Copyright © Dean and Chapter of Westminster


'For a true celebration of the English high-treble phenomenon one need look no further than this. The amplitude of the basses makes a most wonderful balancing effect with the brightness of the boys and there are great surges of sound that almost lift you out of your seat. Just as you think they've given their all, a super-charged wave of glory takes it all to the next level. Their quiet singing is heavenly, too, and both ends of the dynamic spectrum are sublimely devotional' (Choir & Organ)

'The Gloria of Tye's magnificent Missa Euge bone brings you up short with some startlingly grumpy gestures and intriguing harmonic shifts, but the dark clouds never last long—the closing section of his glorious motet Peccavimus cum patribus nostris, for instance, resolves in an explosion of dazzling polyphony. Westminster Abbey Choir are on brilliant form here, trebles crisp and alert and lay vicars forthright and muscular' (The Observer)

'Immediately one is introduced to Tye's extraordinary sound-world of unusual cadences and rigorous alternation of high and low voices to achieve impressive effects. All of these are carefully allowed to speak for themeselves thanks to the judicious direction of Westminster Abbey's Organist and Master of the Choristers, James O'Donnell' (International Record Review)
Give almes of thy goods is a pithy setting of an Offertory Sentence, which appeared in both the 1549 and 1552 Books of Common Prayer. This is an Edwardine creation in every way. Constructed in the ABB form of the early English anthem, this four-voice piece lasts for under two minutes and is entirely syllabic.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly © 2012

Give almes of thy goods exprime avec concision une séquence de l’offertoire apparue dans les Books of Common Prayer de 1549 et de 1552. Affectant la forme ABB de l’anthem anglais primitif, cette pièce à quatre voix—à tous égards, une création édouardienne—dure moins de deux minutes et est entièrement syllabique.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Summerly © 2012
Français: Hypérion

Give almes of thy goods ist eine prägnante Vertonung eines Offertoriumsverses, der in dem Book of Common Prayer sowohl von 1549 als auch von 1552 erschien. Es ist dies in jeder Hinsicht ein typisches Werk der Eduardinischen Zeit. Es ist vierstimmig und in der ABB-Form des frühen englischen Anthems angelegt, hat eine Dauer von weniger als zwei Minuten und ist gänzlich syllabisch gehalten.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Summerly © 2012
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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