The Feast of St. Peter the Apostle at Westminster Abbey

Audio Samples

>Duruflé, Maurice : Tu es Petrus, motet for chorus, Op. 10/3
>Radcliffe, Philip : The Preces & Responses
>     Preces
>     Responses
>Ley, Henry George : Psalm 138, for chorus & organ
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Morning Service (Te Deum, Jubilate) for chorus, brass & organ, in B flat major, Op. 10
>Byrd, William : Mass for 5 Voices (SATTB)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Tu es Petrus, motet for 6 voices (from Motets Book II for 5, 6 & 8 voices)
>Crotch, William : Psalm 124, for chorus
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Evening Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) for chorus & organ (or orchestra) in B flat major, Op
>Walton, William : The Twelve, anthem for chorus & organ
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata 29
>     Sinfonia

Album Summary

>Duruflé, Maurice : Tu es Petrus, motet for chorus, Op. 10/3
>Radcliffe, Philip : The Preces & Responses
>Ley, Henry George : Psalm 138, for chorus & organ
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Morning Service (Te Deum, Jubilate) for chorus, brass & organ, in B flat major, Op. 10
>Byrd, William : Mass for 5 Voices (SATTB)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Tu es Petrus, motet for 6 voices (from Motets Book II for 5, 6 & 8 voices)
>Crotch, William : Psalm 124, for chorus
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Evening Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) for chorus & organ (or orchestra) in B flat major, Op
>Walton, William : The Twelve, anthem for chorus & organ
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata 29
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Notes & Reviews:

This fascinating new collection from Westminster Abbey features music one might hear at the Abbey on its patronal feast day, that of St Peter the Apostle, which falls on 29 June. The program broadly follows the structure of the three major choral services of the Anglican tradition, all of which can in turn be traced back to the worship familiar in the pre-Reformation period when the Abbey was a Benedictine monastery - Matins (or Morning Prayer), Eucharist (Mass) and Evensong (Evening Prayer). The two principal musical elements are William Byrd's Mass for five voices, and, linking the morning and evening Offices, four movements from Charles Villiers Stanford's Service in B fl at. Also featured is Walton's choral masterpiece The Twelve. The Choir of Westminster Abbey sings with its usual full-throated joy, expertly directed by James O'Donnell.

'This superb CD ... Now that sung Matins is virtually extinct in all but the most august establishments, Stanford's Te Deum and Jubilate from his B flat Service have become comparative rarities, and they make a terrific impact here, organ and choir combining with exultant, spine-tingling resonance ... This is cathedral choral singing at its finest and most inspiring' (The Daily Telegraph)

'A sumptuous banquet of chroal delight awaits the hungry listener, laid out in three carefully balanced courses, to be savoured slowly, the whole programme sung and played with superlative skill ... James O'Donnell, his Westminster musicians and the Hyperion team have produced another jewel of a disc' (Gramophone)

'This glorious disc from Hyperion, celebrating what the Abbey choir is all about ... The centrepiece of the disc is Byrd's glorious Mass for five voices, superbly delivered in a performance of outstanding clarity and sensitivity under James O'Donnell ... Dupré adds his gloss to a Bach cantata movement to provide Robert Quinney and the Abbey organ a magnificent showpiece with which to round off this sumptuous musical feast with suitable exuberance ... Hyperion's excellent recording perfectly captures the unique atmosphere. It's as good as being there - without the babble of tourists' (International Record Review)

'The choir sounds best in Stanford's quintessentially Anglican Service in B flat and in Walton's The Twelve (1965) to a text by Auden. Its flamboyant organ part and fugal 'Twelve as the winds and the months' finale are intriguin and uplifting' (The Observer)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Westminster Abbey (02/12/2009-02/24/2009).



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Works Details

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Tu es Petrus, motet for chorus, Op. 10/3
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (02/12/2009-12/24/2009)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Radcliffe, Philip : The Preces & Responses :: Preces
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (02/12/2009-12/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Ley, Henry George : Psalm 138, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (02/12/2009-12/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Morning Service (Te Deum, Jubilate) for chorus, brass & organ, in B flat major, Op. 10
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (02/12/2009-12/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Radcliffe, Philip : The Preces & Responses :: Responses
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (02/12/2009-12/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Mass for 5 Voices (SATTB)
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (02/12/2009-12/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1590

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Tu es Petrus, motet for 6 voices (from Motets Book II for 5, 6 & 8 voices)
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (02/12/2009-12/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1572

>Crotch, William : Psalm 124, for chorus
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (02/12/2009-12/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Evening Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) for chorus & organ (or orchestra) in B flat major, Op
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (02/12/2009-12/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Walton, William : The Twelve, anthem for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (02/12/2009-12/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1964-1965

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata 29 :: Sinfonia
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (02/12/2009-12/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 08/27/1731