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Maxwell Davies: Mass, etc / Baker, Quinney, et al

Album Summary

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Missa parvula, for unison treble chrous & organ
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Mass, for SATB chorus & organ with optional 2nd organ, J. 333
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Veni Creator Spiritus, for organ, J. 332
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Dum complerentur, for chorus & optional organ
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Reliqui Domum Meum, for organ solo, J. 281
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Veni Sancte Spiritus, for chorus & optional organ
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Notes & Reviews:

"This program should be of value to anyone interested in new sacred music, and will be quite a revelation if you only know this composer through his infamous 60s avant-garde adventures. Be sure to hear this before you form a final opinion of his work." - Gimbel, American Record Guide

'Baker entices some of the most wonderful singing from his choir here while Robert Quinney and Houssart positively revel in their virtuoso interplay. It almost goes without saying that Hyperion's recording captures the full effect of Maxwell Davies' astonishing writing' (Gramophone)

'I'd recommend this CD, strongly, to any music-lover who is moved by the sound of a choir and organ in a cathedral setting' (Fanfare, USA)

'Aisé mais jamais trivial, le sens mélodique de Maxwell Davies trouve un pouvoir de séduction naturel grâce au legato facile des garçons de Westminster, à leur homogénéité exemplaire, à leurs nuances toujours soutenues, déployées dans le Credo sur un large éventail de gris, jusqu'à l'anthracite du Crucifixus' (Diapason, France)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Under David Hill and subsequently James O'Donnell the choir of Westminster Cathedral established a tradition of excellent recordings for Hyperion. That tradition is as strong as ever under Martin Baker, who became Master of the Music in 2000. Like his immediate predecessors, Baker is exploring repertoire which isn't just challenging and unusual, but of real value.

The Missa parvula for unison boys' voices vividly recalls Britten's Missa brevis both in its terse musical language and understated emotion. The opening of the Mass occupies the same soundworld as the Missa parvula and it's only with the thrilling and lavishly scored Gloria that it's apparent we are now into a work of much greater depth and impact. This is a hugely impressive performance, as much for the astonishing effect of the two organs as for the often magical choral effects. Baker entices some of the most wonderful singing from his choir here while Roberts Quinney and Houssart revel in their virtuoso interplay. Hyperion's recording captures the full effect of Maxwell Davies' astonishing writing.

A revelatory disc for those keen to know what sort of 'establishment' music we might expect from the new Master of the Queen's Music.



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>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Missa parvula, for unison treble chrous & organ
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/07/2003-07/10/2003)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Mass, for SATB chorus & organ with optional 2nd organ, J. 333
  • Performers: Robert Houssart (Organ); Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/07/2003-07/10/2003)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Veni Creator Spiritus, for organ, J. 332
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/07/2003-07/10/2003)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Dum complerentur, for chorus & optional organ
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/07/2003-07/10/2003)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Reliqui Domum Meum, for organ solo, J. 281
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/07/2003-07/10/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Veni Sancte Spiritus, for chorus & optional organ
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/07/2003-07/10/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003