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Wydawnictwo: Hyperion
Nr katalogowy: CDA 67680
Nośnik: 1 CD
Data wydania: marzec 2008
EAN: 34571176802
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Feast of the Ascension at Westminster Abbey

Hyperion - CDA 67680

Benjamin Britten, Bernard Rose, Francis Pott, Gerald Finzi, Heinrich Schütz, Patrick Gowers, Peter Philips, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir George Macfarren, Sir Joseph Barnby
Robert Quinney, organ
The Choir of Westminster Abbey / James O’Donnell
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The Feast of the Ascension at Westminster Abbey
Hyperion is delighted to present this latest CD from The Choir of Westminster Abbey under their inspirational director, James O’Donnell. They continue their exploration of the rich repertoire of the liturgy in its historical context in the Abbey with music for the Feast of the Ascension. Ascension Day is a particular moment of celebration within the annual round of Easter praise and is celebrated in glorious and triumphal language. The works recorded here represent a wide range of the best of liturgical music, starting from the intricate and joyful writing of the sixteenth-century composer Peter Philips and ending with fascinating and appealing pieces by living composers. Along the way are works from the great flowering of English cathedral music in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

'This addition to Westminster Abbey's invaluable series of music for feast-days gets off to a cracking start with Stanford's magnificent eight-part motet Caelos ascendit hodie. This sets a jubilant tone for the whole programme, which contains some outstanding 20th-century contributions to the Anglican repertoire, including Britten's Festival Te Deum with its exciting organ effects, Finzi's triumphant God Is Gone Up and Patrick Gowers's Viri Galilaei, whose meditative opening leads to a paean of exultation. All these, and Schutz's Der 100. Psalm, are sung with exhilarating panache' (Daily Telegraph)

'After seven years at the helm, James O'Donnell has made a formidable singing outfit of the Westminster Abbey Choir … The treble line is robust and thrilling, its soloist, Jacob Ewens, a sinuous star in Britten's Te Deum in E' (The Times)

'Everything is a joy here, including the modern works, the anthem Viri Galilaei by Patrick Gowers and Francis Pott's brilliant Toccata for organ, played with assured virtuosity by Robert Quinney. The choir of Westminster Abbey under James O'Donnell sing with the happy care which his choristers at the Cathedral used to bring to their work with him' (Gramophone)

Recording details: June 2007; Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom; Produced by Jeremy Summerly; Engineered by David Hinitt; Release date: April 2008;

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