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Music for Remembrance - works by Duruflé, Vaughan Williams, Howells, Tavener, Moore / Choir of Westminster Abbey, Britten Sinfonia, James OÆDonnell

Album Summary

>Duruflé, Maurice : Requiem
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge, motet for soloists, semi-chorus & orchestra (or organ) (Psalm 90)
>Moore, Philip : Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (3) for organ
>Howells, Herbert : Take him, earth, for cherishing
>Taverner, John [Composer] : In pace in idipsum, motet for 4 voices
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Choir of Westminster Abbey presents a program of memorial music composed in England and France in the shadow of two World Wars. Throughout the past century the Abbey has been a focus of national remembrance on Armistice Day. Featured works here include Duruflé's Requiem and O God, our help in ages past, the "great ceremonial hymn of the English nation." The work has been a constant and reassuring presence, from the Burial Service of the Unknown Warrior in 1920 to the Service commemorating the Passing of the World War One Generation in 2009.

MusicWeb International, 7th November 2014
The two soloists are excellent. Roderick Williams shows his usual sensitivity not just to the music but also to the text...The Westminster choir gives a fine account of the wonderful, eloquent Howells anthem... James O'Donnell's excellent choir is on top form throughout this recital.

The Observer, 9th November 2014
Roderick Williams features widely in remembrance recordings this year...and here in DuruflT's transcendent Requiem, his beautiful unforced baritone perfect for the mysterious Domine Jesu Christe, with the strings of the Britten Sinfonia adding an elegant sheen in the expansive acoustic of the abbey.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2014
This is an exquisite performance of the Durufle Requiem...The playing of the Britten Sinfonia is superb, Robert Quinney's fluid, immensely colourful organ-playing a joy to behold and Roderick Williams a supremely compelling baritone soloist...O'Donnell moulds and shapes every moment with infinite care...as a beautiful listening experience it is in a class of its own.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
All of this is set before us as Memorial Music composed in Britain and France in the shadows of the two calamitous World Wars of the 20th Century. DuruflT didn't complete his Requiem until 1947, but the origins of the work go back to the collaborationist Vichy Government, from which the composer had accepted a commission six years earlier. Vaughan Williams served with Britain's Royal Artillery and Medical Corps during WW I, so he knew the horrors of armed conflict firsthand. Composed in 1921, his 'Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge' is a dark, somber work that ascends brilliantly out of the depths of despair. A solo trumpet recalls the sadness, but also effects the change. It's a wonderful piece.



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Works Details

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Requiem
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (2013-02-04&2013-02-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1947

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge, motet for soloists, semi-chorus & orchestra (or organ) (Psalm 90)
  • Performers: Paul Archibald (Trumpet); Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (2013-02-04&2013-02-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921

>Moore, Philip : Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (3) for organ :: no 1, Morning Prayers
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Moore, Philip : Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (3) for organ :: no 2, Prayers in time of Distress
  • Performer: William Balkwill (Tenor)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Moore, Philip : Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (3) for organ :: no 3, Evening Prayers
  • Performers: William Balkwill (Tenor); Jonathan Brown (Bass); Alexander Kyle (Treble)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Howells, Herbert : Take him, earth, for cherishing
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Notes: Composition written: 1964.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1964

>Taverner, John [Composer] : In pace in idipsum, motet for 4 voices
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral