Byrd: The Great Service

Byrd: The Great Service

by Choir of Westminster Abbey
     
 

Who could not like this lovable recording of "The Great Service" by William Byrd? The complete dedication and total sincerity that the boys and men of the Choir of Westminster Abbey charismatically directed by James O'Donnell and discretely accompanied by organist Robert Quinney bring to theirSee more details below

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Who could not like this lovable recording of "The Great Service" by William Byrd? The complete dedication and total sincerity that the boys and men of the Choir of Westminster Abbey charismatically directed by James O'Donnell and discretely accompanied by organist Robert Quinney bring to their performance of Byrd's 400-year-old music more than compensates for the technical blemishes of their performances. If their tone is not always the most beautiful, if their youthful voices sometimes crack, if their intonation is not entirely impeccable, and their ensemble is not altogether seamless, their singing is always full-throated, their interpretations are always whole-hearted, and their belief in the music and the texts is immensely compelling. Hyperion appropriately recorded the Westminster Abbey Choir performing "The Great Service" in Westminster Cathedral itself, granting the music release in its wood-paneled walls and soaring stone-supported ceilings. Although listeners looking for a more polished and refined performance might prefer the Tallis Scholars' early digital recording of "The Great Service," this disc is ideal as an aural souvenir from that sacred space and a moving performance all by itself.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/13/2005
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571175331
catalogNumber:
67533
Rank:
254118

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  1. O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth, anthem for 6 voices (SAATTB)  - William Byrd  - Nick Flower  - James O'Donnell  - Simon Perry  - Robert Quinney  - Wenceslaus Hollar  -  David Martin
  2. The Great Service, for 5-10 voices: Venite  - William Byrd  - Nick Flower  - Simon Gay  - James O'Donnell  - Simon Perry  - Robert Quinney  - Julian Empitt  - Wenceslaus Hollar  -  David Martin  -  David Martin  - Fabian Roberts  - Elliot Thompson
  3. The Great Service, for 5-10 voices: Te Deum  - William Byrd  - Patrick Craig  - Nick Flower  - Simon Gay  - Michael Lees  - Robert MacDonald  - Leigh Nixon  - James O'Donnell  - Simon Perry  - Ben Turner  - Robert Quinney  - Nicholas Mulroy  - Julian Empitt  - Wenceslaus Hollar  - Theodore Criswell  - Benjamin Gerrans  -  David Martin  - Fabian Roberts  - Thomas Scott-Cowell  - Lewis West  - Ben Williamson
  4. The Great Service, for 5-10 voices: Benedictus  - William Byrd  - Nick Flower  - David Gould  - Michael Lees  - Robert MacDonald  - John New  - Leigh Nixon  - James O'Donnell  - Simon Perry  - Ben Turner  - Lawrence Wallington  - Francis Brett  - Robert Quinney  - Nicholas Mulroy  - Wenceslaus Hollar  -  David Martin  -  David Martin  - Yeachan Park  - Warren Trevelyan-Jones  - Ben Williamson
  5. The Great Service, for 5-10 voices: Kyrie  - William Byrd  - Nick Flower  - James O'Donnell  - Simon Perry  - Robert Quinney  - Wenceslaus Hollar  -  David Martin
  6. The Great Service, for 5-10 voices: Creed  - William Byrd  - Patrick Craig  - Nick Flower  - Simon Gay  - Michael Lees  - Robert MacDonald  - Leigh Nixon  - James O'Donnell  - Simon Perry  - Ben Turner  - Lawrence Wallington  - Francis Brett  - Robert Quinney  - Simon Wall  - Wenceslaus Hollar  - Theodore Criswell  - Benjamin Gerrans  -  David Martin  - Thomas Scott-Cowell  - Warren Trevelyan-Jones
  7. Prevent us, O Lord, anthem for 5 voices (SAATB)  - William Byrd  - Nick Flower  - James O'Donnell  - Simon Perry  - Robert Quinney  - Wenceslaus Hollar  -  David Martin
  8. Voluntary: From my Lady Neville, for keyboard  - William Byrd  - Nick Flower  - Simon Perry  - Robert Quinney  - Wenceslaus Hollar
  9. How long shall my enemies triumph, anthem for 5 voices (SAATB)  - William Byrd  - Nick Flower  - James O'Donnell  - Simon Perry  - Robert Quinney  - Wenceslaus Hollar  -  David Martin
  10. The Great Service, for 5-10 voices: Magnificat  - William Byrd  - Patrick Craig  - Nick Flower  - Simon Gay  - Michael Lees  - Robert MacDonald  - John New  - James O'Donnell  - Simon Perry  - Ben Turner  - Francis Brett  - Robert Quinney  - Simon Wall  - Julian Empitt  - Wenceslaus Hollar  -  David Martin  -  David Martin  - Fabian Roberts  - Elliot Thompson  - Warren Trevelyan-Jones
  11. The Great Service, for 5-10 voices: Nunc dimittis  - William Byrd  - Nick Flower  - Simon Gay  - David Gould  - Michael Lees  - James O'Donnell  - Simon Perry  - Lawrence Wallington  - Francis Brett  - Robert Quinney  - Simon Wall  - Julian Empitt  - Wenceslaus Hollar  - Benjamin Gerrans  -  David Martin  -  David Martin  - Warren Trevelyan-Jones  - Ben Williamson
  12. Out of the deep, anthem for 5 voices (SSATB) (doubtful)  - William Byrd  - Nick Flower  - James O'Donnell  - Simon Perry  - Robert Quinney  - Wenceslaus Hollar  -  David Martin
  13. Fantasia (Voluntary for my Lady Neville), for keyboard in G major, MB 61  - William Byrd  - Nick Flower  - Simon Perry  - Robert Quinney  - Wenceslaus Hollar
  14. Christ rising again, motet for 6 voices (SSATTB) (part 1 of a 2-part motet; see "Christ is risen again")  - William Byrd  - Nick Flower  - James O'Donnell  - Simon Perry  - Robert Quinney  - Wenceslaus Hollar  -  David Martin  - Yeachan Park  - Ben Williamson
  15. Sing Joyfully, anthem for 6 voices (SSAATB)  - William Byrd  - Nick Flower  - James O'Donnell  - Simon Perry  - Robert Quinney  - Wenceslaus Hollar  -  David Martin

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