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Briggs: Mass for Notre Dame

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>Briggs, David : Introit, improvisation for organ
>Briggs, David : Messe pour Notre-Dame, for chorus & organ
>Briggs, David : Offertoire, improvisation for organ
>Briggs, David : Ubi caritas et amor, motet for chorus
>Briggs, David : Elevation, improvisation for organ
>Briggs, David : Sortie, improvisation for organ
>Briggs, David : I will lift up mine eyes, for chorus & organ
>Briggs, David : Trinity College Service (Magnificat & Nunc dimittis), for chorus & organ
>Briggs, David : Te Deum laudamus, for chorus
>Briggs, David : Toccata for organ on "Te Deum laudamus"
>Briggs, David : O Lord, support us, for chorus & organ

Album Summary

>Briggs, David : Introit, improvisation for organ
>Briggs, David : Messe pour Notre-Dame, for chorus & organ
>Briggs, David : Offertoire, improvisation for organ
>Briggs, David : Ubi caritas et amor, motet for chorus
>Briggs, David : Elevation, improvisation for organ
>Briggs, David : Sortie, improvisation for organ
>Briggs, David : I will lift up mine eyes, for chorus & organ
>Briggs, David : Trinity College Service (Magnificat & Nunc dimittis), for chorus & organ
>Briggs, David : Te Deum laudamus, for chorus
>Briggs, David : Toccata for organ on "Te Deum laudamus"
>Briggs, David : O Lord, support us, for chorus & organ
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Notes & Reviews:

Organist and composer David Briggs studied with Jean Langlais in Paris and was profoundly influenced by the playing of Pierre Cochereau, Organist Titulaire at Notre Dame Cathedral. Briggs was the first British winner of the Tournemire Prize at the St Alban's International Organ Improvisation Competition. He is Organist Emeritus of Gloucester Cathedral, where he was music director for eight years. This disc features Briggs' Messe Pour Notre Dame, and includes four movements of David Briggs' organ improvisations. Very much aligned with French liturgical practice, this is Briggs captured in the heat of the improvised, unedited moment playing improvisations that display a masterful range of mood and color. Also included are some of Briggs' Anglophone choral anthems. The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, who have been winning increasing praise for their Hyperion recordings, perform here led by their inspirational director Stephen Layton, with the composer, of course, at the organ.

Works by Briggs:
Messe pour Notre-Dame
I will lift up mine eyes
The Trinity College Service
Te Deum laudamus
Toccata on Te Deum laudamus, organ improvisation
O Lord, support us
Artists:
David Briggs (organ)
Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Stephen Layton

"I can confidently say that this recording is one of the finest CDs of sacred choral and organ music you'll ever hear. I'm not ashamed to say I had tears in my eyes; listeners who are church-goers and non-believers alike will find this disc a profoundly moving experience." Gramophone Magazine, August 2010, Editor's Choice

"Briggs, now a resident of Boston, returns to his previous past to accompany the fine 30 voice Trinity College Choir...Since he transcribed many Cochereau improvisations from taped recordings, it is understandable that Briggs's own style would be influenced. This is no drawback; these selections are exceptionally listenable...Overall, a splendid recording that should have considerable appeal to organists, choral directors, and music lovers in general."-American Record Guide

'The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, sing superbly under the expert direction of Stephen Layton; wonderful quiet, melting legato phrases and passionate forte sections. The composer himself, playing the Gloucester Cathedral organ, provides impeccable accompaniments and stunning improvisations. I can confidently say that this recording is one of the finest CDs of sacred choral and organ music you'll ever hear. I'm not ashamed to say I had tears in my eyes; listeners who are churchgoers and nonbelievers alike will find this disc a profoundly moving experience' (Gramophone)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, England (07/08/2009-07/10/2009).



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Works Details

>Briggs, David : Introït, improvisation for organ
  • Performer: David Briggs (Organ)
  • Notes: Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, England (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Briggs, David : Messe pour Notre-Dame, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: David Briggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, England (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2002

>Briggs, David : Offertoire, improvisation for organ
  • Performer: David Briggs (Organ)
  • Notes: Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, England (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Briggs, David : Ubi caritas et amor, motet for chorus
  • Performer: David Briggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, England (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2006

>Briggs, David : Messe pour Notre-Dame, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: David Briggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, England (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2002

>Briggs, David : Élévation, improvisation for organ
  • Performer: David Briggs (Organ)
  • Notes: Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, England (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Briggs, David : Messe pour Notre-Dame, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: David Briggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, England (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2002

>Briggs, David : Sortie, improvisation for organ
  • Performer: David Briggs (Organ)
  • Notes: Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, England (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Briggs, David : I will lift up mine eyes, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: David Briggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, England (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Briggs, David : Trinity College Service (Magnificat & Nunc dimittis), for chorus & organ
  • Performer: David Briggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, England (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Briggs, David : Te Deum laudamus, for chorus
  • Performer: David Briggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, England (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2006

>Briggs, David : Toccata for organ on "Te Deum laudamus"
  • Performer: David Briggs (Organ)
  • Notes: Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, England (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Briggs, David : O Lord, support us, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: David Briggs (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, England (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 12/2005