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Hubert Parry (1848-1918): I was glad; Coronation Te Deum; The Great Service; Blest pair of sirens / Choir of Westminster Abbey; Onyx Brass; Daniel Cook, organ

Album Summary

>Parry, Charles H. : I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Parry, Charles H. : Blest Pair of Sirens for chorus & orchestra
>Parry, Charles H. : Dear Lord and Father of mankind (Tune
>Parry, Charles H. : Hear My Words, Ye People for chorus & orchestra
>Parry, Charles H. : Magnificat in D major
>Parry, Charles H. : Nunc Dimittis in D major
>Parry, Charles H. : Fantasia and Fugue for organ in G major, Op. 188
>Parry, Charles H. : Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Parry, Charles H. : Te Deum, for chorus & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The pageantry of a nation is encapsulated in the music of Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry. He was a Baronet, a Knight and fervent supporter of the suffragette movement. This new program from James O'Donnell and the Choir of Westminster Abbey, joined here by organist Daniel Cook and Onyx Brass, contains some lesser-known early works alongside blazing performances of favorites, all recorded in the very building for which many of them were so skillfully crafted.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2015
O'Donnell's performance of I was glad is hugely expansive and majestic...I'm not sure there isn't an element of overkill...Still, it's difficult to resist the spine-tingling monumentalism of the performance, especially in its high-resolution download format...Jerusalem thrills without bombast, while a no-holds-barred Coronation Te Deum brings this virtually ideal introduction to Parry's choral output to a scorching conclusion.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
The Choir of Westminster Abbey give solid, well-crafted performances... Onyx Brass play very well, with a wide range of dynamics, and many listeners may welcome their contribution... there is also a plethora of magical orchestral registers [from the Abbey's 105-stop Harrison organ], brilliantly exploited by Daniel Cook in his superb, colourful accompaniments.

The Telegraph, 23rd August 2015
The work that truly sends shivers up and down the spine in this programme is the anthem "I Was Glad"...Parry clearly knew the abbey's acoustics...and the way that the words and music fill the resonant architectural expanses while, under James O'Donnell's knowledgeable direction, remaining sharply focused is another thrilling facet of this performance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Westminster Abbey (2014-02-03&2014-02-04&2014-).



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>Parry, Charles H. : I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Richard Berry (French Horn); Daniel Cook (Organ); Kathryn Saunders (French Horn)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Onyx Brass
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (2014-02-03&2014-02-04&2014-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Parry, Charles H. : Blest Pair of Sirens for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Daniel Cook (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (2014-02-03&2014-02-04&2014-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Parry, Charles H. : Dear Lord and Father of mankind (Tune :: Repton), anthem
  • Performer: Daniel Cook (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (2014-02-03&2014-02-04&2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Parry, Charles H. : Hear My Words, Ye People for chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Jonathan Brown (Bass); Daniel Cook (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Onyx Brass
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (2014-02-03&2014-02-04&2014-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Parry, Charles H. : Magnificat in D major
  • Performers: Daniel Cook (Organ); Mark Dobell (Tenor); Robert MacDonald (Bass)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (2014-02-03&2014-02-04&2014-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Parry, Charles H. : Nunc Dimittis in D major
  • Performer: Daniel Cook (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (2014-02-03&2014-02-04&2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Parry, Charles H. : Fantasia and Fugue for organ in G major, Op. 188
  • Performer: Daniel Cook (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (2014-02-03&2014-02-04&2014-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Parry, Charles H. : Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Daniel Cook (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Onyx Brass
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (2014-02-03&2014-02-04&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Parry, Charles H. : Te Deum, for chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Daniel Cook (Organ); Andrew Sutton (French Horn)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Onyx Brass
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (2014-02-03&2014-02-04&2014-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1911