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Christmas Vespers at Westminster Cathedral
     

Christmas Vespers at Westminster Cathedral

by Westminster Cathedral Choir
 
The title, like all good titles, sums it up: Christmas Eve Vespers at Westminster Cathedral. And in fact this disc does contain exactly that: performances of five seasonally appropriate psalms complete with matching antiphons and organ improvisations preceded by an Introit by Sweelinck, followed by a cappella choral works by

Overview

The title, like all good titles, sums it up: Christmas Eve Vespers at Westminster Cathedral. And in fact this disc does contain exactly that: performances of five seasonally appropriate psalms complete with matching antiphons and organ improvisations preceded by an Introit by Sweelinck, followed by a cappella choral works by Tallis, Victoria, and Schütz, and concluded with Langlais' celebratory organ work "Fête" as performed by the Choir of Westminster Cathedral led by Martin Baker with organist Matthew Martin. For more secular listeners, the alternation of antique chant, Renaissance polyphony, and twentieth century organ music may not be exactly what they had in mind when they thought of Christmas music. But for those who take their Christmas music straight, strong, and spiritual, this disc will do the trick. The Choir of Westminster, which on previous recordings has sounded sometimes a bit hard and often a tad sharp, is quite lovely here, with a clear tone and a smooth delivery. Baker leads consummately and profoundly musical performances -- his "Alma redemptor mater" is especially stirring -- and has assembled a cogent and compelling program. Martin's playing is exciting in the improvisations and triumphant in "Fête." Hyperion's sound is big, loud, and evocative.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2006
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571175225
catalogNumber:
67522

Tracks

  1. Gaude et laetare, Jerusalem, motet for 5 voices & continuo (Cantiones Sacrae No. 18)
  2. Deus in Adjutorium Meum Intende
  3. Rex pacificus, antiphon, mode 8
  4. Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109), alleluja
  5. Rex pacificus, antiphon, mode 8
  6. Organ Improvisation
  7. Magnificatus est, antiphon, mode 7
  8. Confiteantur Tibi Populi, antiphona in Choro
  9. Magnificatus est, antiphon, mode 7
  10. Organ Improvisation
  11. Completi Sunt Dies Mariae, antiphon
  12. Beatus vir (Psalm 111), alleluja
  13. Completi Sunt Dies Mariae, antiphon
  14. Organ Improvisation
  15. Work(s): Scitote (Psalm Antiphon)
  16. Work(s): Laudate pueri (Psalm)
  17. Work(s): Scitote (Psalm Antiphon)
  18. Organ Improvisation
  19. Work(s): Levate (Psalm Antiphon)
  20. Laudate dominum (psalmody alleluiaticum)
  21. Work(s): Levate (Psalm Antiphon)
  22. Organ Improvisation
  23. Work(s): Apparuit benignitas (Chapter)
  24. Work(s): Responsorium breve
  25. Work(s): Christe redemptor omnium (Hymn)
  26. Work(s): Crastina die (Versicle)
  27. Cum ortus fuerit sol de caelo, antiphon (1st Vespers, Nativity of Our Lord, 25 December)
  28. Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, for 5 voices, P. 73: Magnificat à 5
  29. Work(s): Cum ortus fuerit (Magnificat Antiphon)
  30. Work(s): Tonus Orationis
  31. Benedicamus Domino (Vitoria-Gasteiz Convent, Álava, 1692)
  32. Alma Redemptoris mater, antiphon for 5 voices
  33. Work(s): Post partum
  34. Work(s): Elogium
  35. Hodie Christus natus est, for soprano, tenor & continuo, SWV 315 (Op. 9/10)
  36. Fete, for organ

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