Purcell: Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

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A Year at Winchester

A Year at Winchester


Bruckner:

Ave Maria

Annunciation

Byrd:

Senex puerum portabat (from Gradualia 1605)

Candlemas

Dove:

The three Kings

Epiphany

Elgar:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me (from The Apostles)

Pentecost

Gowers:

Viri Galilaei

Ascension

with Richard McVeigh (synthesizer)

Purcell:

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Lent

Rutter:

Winchester Te Deum

St Swithun, Patron Saint

Sheppard, J:

Libera nos, salva nos

Trinity

Stanford:

Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem, Op. 123

Easter Day

Sweeney, D:

Litany

Palm Sunday

Quem quaeritis

Easter – dawn

Tavener:

God is With Us (A Christmas Proclamation)

Christmas

Wood, C:

Hail, gladdening Light

Advent


The second in the new series from Regent charting a musical journey through the church’s year at well-loved cathedrals.

The Choir of Winchester Cathedral is regarded as one of the world’s finest choirs.

This journey in music features music appropriate to the main seasons of the church’s year, including first recordings of two works by Donald Sweeney, and the original version of John Rutter’s ‘Winchester Te Deum’ written for the Choir of Winchester Cathedral.

Features both the boy and girl choristers and men of the choir.

“An auspicious start to what should prove a major collection of choral recordings.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

“'Hail, gladdening light'...[is] given with confidence, firm tuning, clear diction and phrasing and even a little drama, the excellent of the performances masking just how difficult it can be to make this sort of music work well.” International Record Review, March 2012

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Evensong for Ash Wednesday

Evensong for Ash Wednesday


Allegri:

Miserere mei, Deus

ed. Willcocks

Byrd:

Preces and Responses

The Lesser Litany

Versicles and Responses

Camidge:

Psalm 143 - Hear my prayer, O Lord

Psalm 130 - Out of the deep have I called unto Thee

Causton, T:

Evening Service for four voices: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

Farrant, R:

Hide not thou thy face

Purcell:

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15


Roy Goodman’s recording of the Allegri Miserere (in David Willcocks’s edition, sung in English) was its first, made in March 1963. Although reissued countless times, the complete Argo recording from which it emanates – Evensong for Ash Wednesday – has never before been released complete. Consisting of hymns, psalms and readings, this is a regular event in the King’s College calendar. Roy Goodman – now a famous conductor, then a gifted treble – sang with the choir at the time and in the booklet note provides delightful reminiscences of his time with the choir and working with Sir David Willcocks. He recounts how the boy treble chosen to sing the solo part in the Allegri was appointed on the spot, as it were, and how he charged into the chapel after a game of rugby and was selected to record the treble solo. Goodman has also provided photographs of himself from that time for the cover and booklet of this release.

“The second half … is devoted to Allegri’s Miserere (Psalm 51, which in the Anglican rite is said in the Commination Service, between Matins and Holy Communion) … It is the piece which was jealously guarded by the Papal choir until Mozart created a sensation by writing it out from memory at the age of 14. The sensational thing about it nowadays is a recurring phrase descending from C to G above the treble stave, which the boys (or a solo boy?) bring off with the utmost aplomb. Fabulous is the only word for it.” Gramophone Magazine

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O praise the Lord

O praise the Lord

Restoration Music from Westminster Abbey


Blow:

Voluntary in A major

Robert Quinney (organ)

God is our hope and strength

Venite

Voluntary in D Minor

Robert Quinney (organ)

Voluntary in D Minor

Robert Quinney (organ)

Salvator Mundi

Child, W:

O praise the Lord

Purcell:

Service in B flat major, Z230

O Lord God of hosts, Z37

Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z135

Julian Stocker (tenor) & Robert Macdonald (bass)

Voluntary in D minor, Z718

Robert Quinney (organ)

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Voluntary in C major, Z717

Robert Quinney (organ)

Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z25

Voluntary in G major, Z720

Robert Quinney (organ)

Turner, W:

Psalm 113 'Praise the Lord, ye servants'

Psalm 54 'Save me, O God, for thy Name's sake'


The Choir of Westminster Abbey under their inspirational director James O’Donnell delve into the Abbey’s vaults for this latest fascinating disc.

The triumphant mood of the Restoration required much glorious liturgical music, and the Abbey was home to some of the greatest composers and performers of the age. This recording presents music likely to have been sung by—and in some cases, almost certain to have been written for—the Choir of Westminster Abbey during the late 1670s and early 1680s. They sing four canticles from the compendious Service in B flat by Henry Purcell, together with psalmody in reconstructed contemporary style, and anthems and motets by Purcell and his contemporary John Blow, who famously both preceded and succeeded Purcell as Organist of the Abbey.

“The Abbey choir, under James O’Donnell, conveys the thrill of Purcell’s music and the whole disc is marked by crucial attention to the articulation of words and to the careful balancing of choral sonorities.” The Telegraph, 9th April 2010 ****

“Throughout every work O'Donnell's direction is alive to the sophisticated vocal layering, and ever attentive to the meaning of the words - an innate musicality echoed in Robert Quinney's 'voluntary contributions', despatched with nimble virtuosity and a beguiling shapeliness.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 ****

“Overall, it's a surprisingly varied programme...The organ voluntaries add spice to the mix, bearing as some of them do the stamp of Italianate influence.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2010

“Clear and uncluttered sound, the antiphonal effects nicely caught in a faultless Hyperion recording” International Record Review

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Great Cathedral Anthems Vol. 2

Great Cathedral Anthems Vol. 2


Blow:

Salvator Mundi

Boyce:

O where shall wisdom be found?

Finzi:

God is gone up, Op. 27 No. 2

Gardiner, H B:

Evening Hymn (Te lucis ante terminum)

Harris, W:

Bring us, O Lord God

Harvey, J:

The Tree

Haydn:

Insanae et vanae curae

Naylor, E W:

Vox dicentis: Clama

Purcell:

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Stanford:

For lo, I raise up, Op. 145

Tavener:

Hymn to the Mother of God

Walton:

Jubilate Deo

Wood, C:

Great Lord of lords


Neil Taylor (organ)

The Choir of Norwich Cathedral, Michael Nicholas

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Purcell: Sacred Music

Purcell: Sacred Music


Purcell:

My beloved spake, Z28

Te Deum & Jubilate Deo in D, Z232

O Lord, thou art my God Z41

Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z25

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695: Funeral Sentences


November 1694 was a busy month for Purcell. First, the triumphant return to London of King William III from the campaign in Flanders saw the composer produce a new anthem depicting the vanquishing of the King’s enemies. Secondly, for the celebration of St Cecilia’s Day, composed not the expected ode, but a Te Deum and a Jubilate. The Te Deum is full of grandeur, with the extra trumpets adding some thrilling drama to sections of the work. The scoring is also intimate, with some of Purcell’s most personal music – especially ‘ Vouchsafe, O Lord’, where the piling up of dissonances depicts a cry for mercy remarkable for the period.

These two works are masterpieces in Purcell’s output. However, the triumph was to be short-lived. In December 1694 a smallpox epidemic swept London, and Queen Mary died on 28 December. Purcell produced some of his greatest music for the Funeral Sentences, which he composed for her burial Setting words found in The Book of Common Prayer, Purcell’s music is moving and austere, and the sense of grief is almost palpable. The muted drums and Flatt trumpets in the Canzona leave a lasting impression on the listener. Purcell himself was dead eleven months later, aged 36.

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Stairway To Heaven

Stairway To Heaven


Allegri:

Miserere mei, Deus

Bach, J S:

Advent Responsory

Barber, S:

Agnus Dei

Burgon:

Nunc dimittis

Fauré:

Requiem: In Paradisum

Lasso:

Timor et Tremor

Messiaen:

O sacrum convivium

Mozart:

Ave verum corpus, K618

Poulenc:

Videntes stellam (No. 3 from Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël, Op.152)

Mass in G major: Agnus Dei

Purcell:

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Schubert:

Deutsche Messe, D872: Sanctus

Ave Maria, D839

Stanford:

Eternal Father, Op. 135 No. 2

Victoria:

Tenebrae factae sunt


The Choir Of Trinity College, Cambridge

Sony Essential Masterworks - 88697532092

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Henry Purcell: Sacred Music, Dioclesian & Songs

Henry Purcell: Sacred Music, Dioclesian & Songs


Includes:

Purcell:

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Prophetess or The History of Dioclesian, Z627: extracts

Strike the Viol (from Come Ye Sons of Art, Z323)

Chacony in G minor

Sweeter than Roses (from Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country, Z585)

Here the deities approve, Z339

If music be the food of love, Z379

In the black dismal dungeon of despair, Z190

Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z25

My beloved spake, Z28

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Curtain Tune from Timon of Athens Z632


Michael Chance (countertenor) & Andrew Manze (violin)

Florilegium, Clare College Choir Cambridge & Baroque Brass of London

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The Lover’s Ghost

The Lover’s Ghost

A selection of European & American Choral Music


Berlin, I:

Blue skies

Elgar:

My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land Op. 18 No. 3

Finzi:

My spirit sang all day (No. 3 from Seven Partsongs - Poems by Robert Bridges, Op. 17)

Lauridsen:

O magnum mysterium

Mendelssohn:

Richte mich, Gott Op. 78 No. 2

Pearsall:

Lay a garland

Who shall have my lady fair

Purcell:

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Rachmaninov:

Bogorodice Devo

Stanford:

Heraclitus (Callimachus, trs William Cory) Op. 110 No. 4 (1910, arr 1918)

Beati quorum via, Op. 38 No. 3

Tomkins:

When David Heard

Vaughan Williams:

The Lover's Ghost

Weelkes:

As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending

Whitacre:

Leonardo dreams of his flying machine

World premiere recording

Sleep


Coro, Mark Griffiths

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Remembrance

Remembrance


anon.:

Give Rest, o Christ (Kieff Melody)

Blatchly:

For the Fallen

Burgon:

Nunc dimittis

Croft:

O God, our Help in Ages past

Duruflé:

Ubi caritas, Op. 10 No. 1

In paradisum

Fauré:

Requiem: Pie Jesu

Gelineau:

Psalm 23

Gregorian Chant:

Requiem aeternam

Handl:

Ecce quomodo

Harris, W:

Holy is the True Light

Ireland:

Love hath no Man

Kellam:

Agnus Dei

Monk, W H:

Abide with me

Parry:

Sunset and Evening Star

Purcell:

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Schubert:

Deutsche Messe, D872: Sanctus

Stanford:

Eternal Father, Op. 135 No. 2

Tallis:

Salvator mundi, salva nos 1 - antiphonn for five voices


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British Music Collection - Henry Purcell

British Music Collection - Henry Purcell

Music for the funeral of Queen Mary


Purcell:

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695: March

Canzona

Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets

Man that is born of a woman, Z27

In the midst of life, Z 17a

Rejoice in the Lord alway ('The Bell Anthem'), Z49

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Voluntary in C major, Z717

Give sentence with me, O God, Z12

Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z135

O, I'm sick of life, Z140

A double verse in G

My beloved spake, Z28

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

O God, thou art my god, Z35


Christopher Robson (alto), William Kendall (tenor), Stephen Roberts (bass), Donald Sweeney (bass), Geraint Watkins (treble), Tomothy Pride (alto), Julian Podger (tenor), Peter Butterfield (tenor)

Brandenburg Consort, Baroque Brass of London

Decca British Music Collection - 4750502

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