Hail Mary

Hail Mary

by Lincoln Cathedral Choir
     
 
Cathedrals around England have their own choirs with their own traditions, and this disc presents some characteristic work from one of the lesser-known among them, the Lincoln Cathedral Choir. It differs from the general run of English choral discs in several respects. First, the cathedral is dedicated to the worship of the

Overview

Cathedrals around England have their own choirs with their own traditions, and this disc presents some characteristic work from one of the lesser-known among them, the Lincoln Cathedral Choir. It differs from the general run of English choral discs in several respects. First, the cathedral is dedicated to the worship of the Virgin Mary, and music on the disc consists of hymns, anthems, carols, and other short vocal works (plus one organ work at the end, by Flor Peeters) devoted to her. It's an uncommonly interesting and well-chosen program, even for listeners not particularly aligned with the religious aspect. The music ranges from chant (framing the settings of the Magnificat here, according to the cathedral's own traditions) to contemporary British compositions of various kinds, with stops along the way in the medieval era and the Baroque (Hieronymus Praetorius and a section of the Pergolesi "Stabat Mater") and a more extended stay in the late nineteenth century, with extremely nuanced performances of Bruckner's "Ave Maria" and a less familiar one by Camille Saint-Saëns. The program offers plenty to think about in terms of the significance of Mary in various phases of history. She seems, for example, to push the late Romantics over the edge into the mystical. The disc might even be used in a college or university course. Lovers of the sound of English choral singing will also find Hail Mary of interest; unlike the all-boy choirs of other institutions, this one contains girls on some tracks. The result is a variety of sounds beyond the hyper-pure norm. The sound is very clear, never ponderous. For anyone fascinated by the Marian theme or just in love with choral music, Hail Mary will offer something distinctive.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/27/2005
Label:
Guild
UPC:
0795754729122
catalogNumber:
7291

Tracks

  1. Hymns (2) to the Mother of God, for chorus  - John Tavener  -  Lincoln Cathedral Choir  - Aric Prentice
  2. Virgo prudentissima - (Antiphon for the Magnificat for Assumption of Mary, Mode 1)  -  Gregorian Chant  -  Lincoln Cathedral Choir  - Thomas Mitchell  - Charles Harrison
  3. Magnificat, tone V, for 8 voices  - Hieronymus Praetorius  -  Lincoln Cathedral Choir  - Charles Harrison
  4. Virgo prudentissima - (Antiphon for the Magnificat for Assumption of Mary, Mode 1)  -  Gregorian Chant  -  Lincoln Cathedral Choir  - Charles Harrison
  5. The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came (Birjina gaztettobat zegoen, Basque carol)  - Christmas Traditional  -  Lincoln Cathedral Choir  - Aric Prentice
  6. Mary's Magnificat, for chorus & organ  - Andrew Carter  -  Lincoln Cathedral Choir  - Christopher Mitchell  - Aric Prentice
  7. Ave Maria, motet for chorus, Op. 145  - Camille Saint-Saëns  -  Lincoln Cathedral Choir  - Aric Prentice
  8. Ave Maris Stella, for double chorus  - Edvard Grieg  -  Lincoln Cathedral Choir  - Aric Prentice
  9. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major  - Giovanni Pergolesi  -  Lincoln Cathedral Choir  - Aric Prentice
  10. Rosa Mystica  - Jean Langlais  -  Lincoln Cathedral Choir  - Charles Harrison  - Aric Prentice
  11. Magnificat in C, for choir & organ  - Wayne Marshall  -  Lincoln Cathedral Choir  - Aric Prentice  - Pippa Roblin
  12. Ave Maria (II), motet for chorus in F major, WAB 6  - Anton Bruckner  -  Lincoln Cathedral Choir  - Charles Harrison
  13. Tota pulchra es, Maria, for choir & organ  - Maurice Duruflé  -  Lincoln Cathedral Choir  - Kayleigh Conway-Jarrett  - Aric Prentice
  14. There Is No Rose of Such Virtue (English)  - Christmas Traditional  -  Lincoln Cathedral Choir  - Charles Harrison
  15. Hodie Maria virgo coelos ascendit  -  Gregorian Chant  -  Lincoln Cathedral Choir  - Aric Prentice  - Olivia Warburton
  16. Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, for chorus: Collegium Regale  - John Tavener  -  Lincoln Cathedral Choir  - Aric Prentice
  17. Hodie Maria virgo coelos ascendit  -  Gregorian Chant  -  Lincoln Cathedral Choir  - Aric Prentice
  18. Toccata, Fugue and Hymn on "Ave Maris Stella" for organ, Op 28  - Flor Peeters  -  Lincoln Cathedral Choir  - Charles Harrison  - Aric Prentice

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