Parsons - First Great Service & Responds for the Dead

Naxos: 8570451

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Parsons - First Great Service & Responds for the Dead

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8570451
(8.570451)

Discs:

1

Release date:

26th Nov 2007

Barcode:

0747313045174

Length:

69 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Parsons - First Great Service & Responds for the Dead


Parsons, R:

Magnificat

Venite from the First Great Service

Te Deum from the First Great Service

Peccantem me, quotidie from Responds for the Dead

Benedictus from the First Great Service

Libera me, Domine from Responds for the Dead

Creed from the First Great Service

Credo quod Redemptor

Magnificat from the First Great Service

Nunc dimittis from the First Great Service

Ave Maria


Voces Cantabiles, Barnaby Smith

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This recording aims to provide Robert Parsons, who died tragically in his forties, with a memorial service he never received and aid his return to a place alongside the greatest English Renaissance composers. · Movements from the First Great Service, scored for two antiphonal choirs, provide the core of this ‘remembrance service’ for Robert Parsons. In scale and polyphonic grandeur the work maintains the old Catholic tradition, while making use of the new Protestant liturgy with its revolutionary setting of the 1549 English texts. Interspersed between movements of the First Great Service are a number of pieces taken from the Responds for the Dead, set to Latin texts. The Magnificat, which opens this recording, is the largest-scale single work that Parsons wrote.

Robert Parsons: Magnificat

Magnificat

Robert Parsons: First Great Service

Venite

Te Deum

Robert Parsons: Responds for the Dead

Responds for the Dead: Peccantem me, quotidie

First Great Service

First Great Service: Benedictus

Responds for the Dead

Responds for the Dead: Libera me, Domine

First Great Service

First Great Service: Creed

Responds for the Dead

Responds for the Dead: Credo quod redemptor

First Great Service

Magnificat

Nunc dimittis

Robert Parsons: Ave Maria

Ave Maria

Gramophone Magazine

April 2008

“A useful recital gives a broader view of the composer of the famous Ave Maria.”

The Times

“The music’s lines become majestically entangled; cadences process without any resolution; solemn musings suddenly switch to a dance or brawl: here is the 17th century’s avant-garde.”

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