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Parsons: First Great Service, etc / Barnaby Smith, et al

Album Summary

>Parsons, Robert : Magnificat, for 6 voices
>Parsons, Robert : First Service (Great Service)
>Parsons, Robert : Responds for the Dead, for chorus
>Parsons, Robert : Ave Maria
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Notes & Reviews:

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.



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>Parsons, Robert : Magnificat, for 6 voices
  • Performer: Oliver-John Ruthven (Cantor)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : First Service (Great Service) :: Venite
  • Performers: Catherine Backhouse; Robin Bailey; William Balkwill (Cantor); William Balkwill (Tenor); Greg Hallam; Amy Vocal]; Simon Whiteley
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : First Service (Great Service) :: Te Deum
  • Performers: Catherine Backhouse; Robin Bailey; William Balkwill (Cantor); William Balkwill (Tenor); Greg Hallam; Amy Vocal]; Simon Whiteley
  • Running Time: 8 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : Responds for the Dead, for chorus :: Peccantem me, quotidie
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : First Service (Great Service) :: Benedictus
  • Performers: Catherine Backhouse; Robin Bailey; William Balkwill (Cantor); William Balkwill (Tenor); Greg Hallam; Amy Vocal]; Simon Whiteley
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : Responds for the Dead, for chorus :: Libera me, Domine
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : First Service (Great Service) :: Creed
  • Performers: Catherine Backhouse; Robin Bailey; William Balkwill (Cantor); William Balkwill (Tenor); Greg Hallam; Amy Vocal]; Simon Whiteley
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : Responds for the Dead, for chorus :: Credo quod redemptor
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : First Service (Great Service) :: Magnificat
  • Performers: Catherine Backhouse; Robin Bailey; William Balkwill (Cantor); William Balkwill (Tenor); Greg Hallam; Amy Vocal]; Simon Whiteley
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : First Service (Great Service) :: Nunc dimittis
  • Performers: Catherine Backhouse; Robin Bailey; William Balkwill (Cantor); William Balkwill (Tenor); Greg Hallam; Amy Vocal]; Simon Whiteley
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : Ave Maria
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1570