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A Knight's Progress - choral works by Bairstow, Haydn, Muhly, Parry, Tavener, Vaughan Williams & Walton / The Temple Church Choir; Greg Morris, organ

Album Summary

>Parry, Charles H. : I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Walton, William : The Twelve, anthem for chorus & organ
>Muhly, Nico : Our present charter, for voices, chorus & organ
>Tavener, John : The Mother of God, for chorus
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Valiant for Truth, motet for chorus (with piano or organ ad lib)
>Bairstow, Edward : Blessed city, heavenly Salem
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Te Deum in C major, H 23c no 1
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Temple Church Choir gives the world premiere recording of Nico Muhly's Our Present Charter - a brand new four-movement work commissioned by the choir to celebrate 800 years since the sealing of the Magna Carta. Directed by Roger Sayer and featuring organist Greg Morris, the recording also features choral works by Parry, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Bairstow, Tavener and Haydn. The Temple Church Choir, founded 1841, consists of eighteen boy choristers and twelve professional choirmen. It is still considered to be one of the finest choirs in London, a reputation it quickly gained after its founding. The American composer Nico Muhly (b. 1981) received his Masters in Music from the Juilliard School where he studied under Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano. He also spent several years working for Phillip Glass as a MIDI programmer and editor. His wide scope of work for soloists, ensembles, and organizations covers multiple genres, including music for film, opera, choral, chamber, orchestral, vocal and electronic forces in solo or combinations thereof.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
After many years as Organist and Director of Music at Rochester Cathedral, Roger Sayer has taken up the position of Organist and Director of Music at The Temple Church in London. This is the first recording by the choir under his direction. By any count it is a substantial and excellent choir. I was in the church for a service Easter Sunday 2002 and found its seating plan very unusual but its acoustics very fine. In this recording the choral sound is clear and well balanced, with excellent solo voices.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Temple Church, London (2014-06-13&2014-06-15&2014-).



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>Parry, Charles H. : I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Greg Morris (Organ)
  • Conductor: Roger Sayer
  • Ensemble: The Temple Church Choir
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2014-06-13&2014-06-15&2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Walton, William : The Twelve, anthem for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Greg Morris (Organ)
  • Conductor: Roger Sayer
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2014-06-13&2014-06-15&2014-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1964-1965

>Muhly, Nico : Our present charter, for voices, chorus & organ
  • Performers: Chris Dixon (Bass); Greg Morris (Organ)
  • Conductor: Roger Sayer
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2014-06-13&2014-06-15&2014-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tavener, John : The Mother of God, for chorus
  • Performer: Greg Morris (Organ)
  • Conductor: Roger Sayer
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2014-06-13&2014-06-15&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Valiant for Truth, motet for chorus (with piano or organ ad lib)
  • Performer: Greg Morris (Organ)
  • Conductor: Roger Sayer
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2014-06-13&2014-06-15&2014-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1940

>Bairstow, Edward : Blessed city, heavenly Salem
  • Performer: Greg Morris (Organ)
  • Conductor: Roger Sayer
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2014-06-13&2014-06-15&2014-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Te Deum in C major, H 23c no 1
  • Performer: Greg Morris (Organ)
  • Conductor: Roger Sayer
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2014-06-13&2014-06-15&2014-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1800