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Benedicite, omnia opera

First line:
O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord
commissioned in memory of Ambrose Coviello by his family for the 2004 Southern Cathedrals Festival held at Chichester Cathedral
author of text
Book of Common Prayer, after Daniel 3: 57-88 (Apocrypha)

Malcolm Archer (b1952) is much in demand as a conductor and composer. He was educated in Lytham before studying at the Royal College of Music and Jesus College, Cambridge. He held posts at Bristol and Norwich Cathedrals before being appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Wells Cathedral in 1996. In 2004 he became Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral before moving to Winchester College in 2007 where he is Director of Chapel Music and Organist. His setting of the Benedicite was written for the 2004 Southern Cathedrals Festival. A gently undulating opening leads to an energetic middle section which uses an ostinato figure in the pedal part of the organ before a return to the opening material and a gentle end.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2014


Canticles from St Paul's
Studio Master: CDA68058Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 1 on CDA68058 [6'05]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68058 track 1

Recording date
20 May 2013
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Recording engineer
Martin Haskell
Hyperion usage
  1. Canticles from St Paul's (CDA68058)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: August 2014
  2. Hyperion sampler - August 2014 (HYP201408)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: August 2014
    Download-only sampler
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