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A Festival of Psalms by Allegri, Bernstein, Byrd, Parry, Purcell, Wesley / Choir of Temple Church

Audio Samples

>Bernstein, Leonard : Chichester Psalms
>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
>Byrd, William : Teach me, O Lord
>Wesley, Samuel Sebastian : Ascribe Unto the Lord, for chorus & organ
>Purcell, Henry : Thy word is a lantern unto my feet, anthem for alto, tenor, bass, chorus & organ, Z. 61
>Parry, Charles H. : Hear My Words, Ye People for chorus & orchestra

Album Summary

>Bernstein, Leonard : Chichester Psalms
>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
>Byrd, William : Teach me, O Lord
>Wesley, Samuel Sebastian : Ascribe Unto the Lord, for chorus & organ
>Purcell, Henry : Thy word is a lantern unto my feet, anthem for alto, tenor, bass, chorus & organ, Z. 61
>Parry, Charles H. : Hear My Words, Ye People for chorus & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Psalms of David are arguably the portion of the Old Testament that has been enfolded most completely within the Christian tradition and its liturgies. Their messages of strife and joy, prayer and praise, resonate strong and loud alongside the teachings of Jesus, and find special expression in musical settings. This disc is an exploration of all these themes, as interpreted by composers over the course of four and a half centuries - with music by Allegri, Bernstein, Byrd, Parry, Purcell and Wesley. The Temple Church is one of the most historic and beautiful churches in London. Situated between Fleet Street and the Thames Embankment, its recorded musical history extends back to its restoration in 1841, although a church has stood on the site for over 800 years. This is Signum's second disc with the choir, following 2010's release of 'The Majesty of Thy Glory' (SIGCD225).

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
James Vivian has been Organist and Director of Music at the Temple Church since 2006. From 1997 he was there as assistant to Stephen Layton. If this recording is any indication, his work with the choir is outstanding. I also recommend his recent recording of music by British composers on the Harrison & Harrison organ at the Temple Church (Signum 223; May/June 2011).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Temple Church, London, England (03/2011).



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Works Details

>Bernstein, Leonard : Chichester Psalms
  • Performers: Sally Pryce (Harp); Robert Millett (Percussion); Robert-Jan Temmink (Bass); Greg Morris (Organ)
  • Conductor: James Vivian
  • Ensemble: Choir of Temple Church
  • Running Time: 18 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
  • Performers: Sally Pryce (Harp); Toby Watkin (Voice); Robert Millett (Percussion); Giles Underwood (Bass); Greg Morris (Organ)
  • Conductor: James Vivian
  • Ensemble: Choir of Temple Church
  • Running Time: 12 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 16th Century

>Byrd, William : Teach me, O Lord
  • Performers: Sally Pryce (Harp); Robert Millett (Percussion); Greg Morris (Organ)
  • Conductor: James Vivian
  • Ensemble: Choir of Temple Church
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Wesley, Samuel Sebastian : Ascribe Unto the Lord, for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Sally Pryce (Harp); Robert Millett (Percussion); Greg Morris (Organ)
  • Conductor: James Vivian
  • Ensemble: Choir of Temple Church
  • Running Time: 14 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Purcell, Henry : Thy word is a lantern unto my feet, anthem for alto, tenor, bass, chorus & organ, Z. 61
  • Performers: William Clements (Bass); Sally Pryce (Harp); Robert Millett (Percussion); Simon Wall (Tenor); Greg Morris (Organ)
  • Conductor: James Vivian
  • Ensemble: Choir of Temple Church
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Parry, Charles H. : Hear My Words, Ye People for chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Sally Pryce (Harp); Robert Millett (Percussion); Simon Wall (Tenor); Giles Underwood (Bass); Greg Morris (Organ)
  • Conductor: James Vivian
  • Ensemble: Choir of Temple Church
  • Running Time: 15 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic