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Preces and Responses

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2013
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Tavener’s contribution to the repertoire of preces and responses, written for unaccompanied double choir, complements early landmarks of the genre by Tallis and Tomkins and more recent examples by Kenneth Leighton and Gabriel Jackson. The opening section of his Preces and Responses rests on a reiterated bass note. Tavener weaves several gloriously unexpected chromatic passing notes and cadences into the music’s stately harmonic language; the recurrence of a sublime half cadence in The Lord’s Prayer, meanwhile, suggests eternal time. Prayers for the Queen and the ministers of the Church are capped by joyful choral responses, while the plea for peace in our time is answered with defiant strength by the two choirs singing identical music in close imitation. The final responses, a brief sequence of blessings offered in the presence of the Lord and the spiritual community, close with Tavener’s resounding thanks to God.

from notes by Andrew Stewart © 2016

Recordings

Tavener: Missa Wellensis & other sacred music
Studio Master: SIGCD442Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Tavener: No longer mourn for me & other works for cello
Studio Master: CDA68246Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 1 on CDA68246 [12'19]
Part 1: O Lord, open thou our lips
Track 7 on SIGCD442 [2'07] Download only
Part 2: The Lord be with you
Track 11 on SIGCD442 [9'39] Download only
Part 3: Final Responses  The Lord be with you
Track 15 on SIGCD442 [0'44] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD442 track 11

The Lord be with you
Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-16-44211
Duration
9'39
Recording date
7 May 2015
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Mike Cox
Hyperion usage
  1. Tavener: Missa Wellensis & other sacred music (SIGCD442)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: August 2016
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