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Miserere - A sequence of music for Lent, St. Joseph and the Annunciation / Westminster Cathedral Choir

Audio Samples

>Chant, Gregorian : Attende Domine
>Malcolm, George : Miserere mei, Deus, for chorus
>Byrd, William : Emendemus in melius, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Missa Emendemus in melius
>     Kyrie
>     Agnus Dei
>Malcolm, George : Scapulis suis, for chorus
>Chant, Gregorian : Audi, benigne conditor, hymn in mode 2
>Croce, Giovanni : In spiritu humilitatis
>Chant, Gregorian : Evigila super nos
>Bevan, David : Magnificat, for chorus
>Mawby, Colin : Iustus ut palma, for chorus & organ
>Chant, Gregorian : Mass 9 Cum iubilo
>     Kyrie
>     Gloria
>     Sanctus and Benedictus
>     Agnus Dei
>Malcolm, George : Veritas mea, for chorus
>Chant, Gregorian : Credo 4, 1st tone, GR776
>Parsons, Robert : Ave Maria
>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Ave Virgo Sanctissima, motet for 5 voices
>Tallis, Thomas : Te lucis ante terminum
>Plainchant : Salva nos, Domine (Antiphon)
>Malcolm, George : Nun dimittis tertii toni, for chorus

Album Summary

>Chant, Gregorian : Attende Domine
>Malcolm, George : Miserere mei, Deus, for chorus
>Byrd, William : Emendemus in melius, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Missa Emendemus in melius
>Malcolm, George : Scapulis suis, for chorus
>Chant, Gregorian : Audi, benigne conditor, hymn in mode 2
>Croce, Giovanni : In spiritu humilitatis
>Chant, Gregorian : Evigila super nos
>Bevan, David : Magnificat, for chorus
>Mawby, Colin : Iustus ut palma, for chorus & organ
>Chant, Gregorian : Mass 9 Cum iubilo
>Malcolm, George : Veritas mea, for chorus
>Chant, Gregorian : Credo 4, 1st tone, GR776
>Parsons, Robert : Ave Maria
>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Ave Virgo Sanctissima, motet for 5 voices
>Tallis, Thomas : Te lucis ante terminum
>Plainchant : Salva nos, Domine (Antiphon)
>Malcolm, George : Nun dimittis tertii toni, for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recording from the Westminster Cathedral Choir demonstrates the splendors of the liturgy in the simultaneously solemn and joyful period of Lent. On Miserere, masterworks from the Renaissance - familiar from Westminster Cathedral Choir's previous award-winning recordings - alternate with works by former organists of the cathedral (all themselves masters of liturgical composition) and all are linked by the plainchant that is at the spiritual heart of this music. Hearing music like this in context - recorded in the unique acoustic of the cathedral - perfectly replicates the live experience for the listener.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2013
This is a disc for those who love the acoustic, the atmosphere and the musical traditions of the Roman Catholic Cathedral in London...This is a large choir, very good at big effects. The pacing and cohesion in the Agnus Dei of Palestrina's Missa Emendemus in Melius is accomplished and moving.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
Here's an appropriately solemn and penitential survey of Lenten music from England's preeminent Roman Catholic cathedral choir. Westminster Cathedral's choir of men and boys was founded not much more than a century ago (1903), making it a relative newcomer among England's historic cathedral choirs - but it has managed to surpass many of its Anglican counterparts in terms of overall quality of sound as well as technical and interpretive acumen. An interesting tid-bit: it remains the world's only Catholic cathedral choir that sings daily Mass and Vespers.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-).



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Works Details

>Chant, Gregorian : Attende Domine
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Ensemble: Westminster Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Malcolm, George : Miserere mei, Deus, for chorus
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Byrd, William : Emendemus in melius, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Missa Emendemus in melius :: Kyrie
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1594

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Missa Emendemus in melius :: Agnus Dei
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1594

>Malcolm, George : Scapulis suis, for chorus
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Chant, Gregorian : Audi, benigne conditor, hymn in mode 2
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Croce, Giovanni : In spiritu humilitatis
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Chant, Gregorian : Evigila super nos
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)

>Bevan, David : Magnificat, for chorus
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Evigila super nos
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)

>Mawby, Colin : Iustus ut palma, for chorus & organ
  • Performers: William Gaunt (Bass); Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chant, Gregorian : Mass 9 Cum iubilo :: Kyrie
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Chant, Gregorian : Mass 9 Cum iubilo :: Gloria
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Malcolm, George : Veritas mea, for chorus
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Chant, Gregorian : Credo 4, 1st tone, GR776
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Parsons, Robert : Ave Maria
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1570

>Chant, Gregorian : Mass 9 Cum iubilo :: Sanctus and Benedictus
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Chant, Gregorian : Mass 9 Cum iubilo :: Agnus Dei
  • Performer: Peter Stevens (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Ave Virgo Sanctissima, motet for 5 voices
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1566

>Tallis, Thomas : Te lucis ante terminum
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Plainchant : Salva nos, Domine (Antiphon)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Malcolm, George : Nun dimittis tertii toni, for chorus
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Plainchant : Salva nos, Domine (Antiphon)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral (2011-07-12_2011-07-13&2011-)
  • Period Time: Romantic