The Feast of St Edward, King and Confessor / O'Donnell

Album Summary

>Anonymous : Laudes Regiae
>Smith, William : Preces
>Crotch, William : Psalm 132, for chorus
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Services in C major, Op. 115 no 1
>Smith, William : Responses
>Purcell, Henry : O God, thou art my god, anthem for 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, bass, double chorus & organ, Z. 35
>Harvey, Jonathan : Missa brevis, for choir & organ
>Bruckner, Anton : Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, WAB 30
>Morley, W. : Psalm 99, for chorus
>Purcell, Henry : Evening Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) for soloists, chorus & organ in G minor, Z. 231
>Moore, Philip : The King and the Robin, for choir & organ
>Demessieux, Jeanne : Te Deum, for organ, Op. 11
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Notes & Reviews:

This new recording from Westminster Abbey presents Matins, Eucharist and Evensong as they might be heard on the Feast of Saint Edward (October 13th). The saint, whose death in 1066 sparked the Norman Conquest, remains buried in the Abbey to this day and his shrine is a point of global pilgrimage. The Service of Matins is centered around the Morning Canticles from Stanford's epic 'Service in C', Op. 115, while Evensong takes its cue from Purcell's masterful 'Evening Service.' The Evensong anthem is the first recording of 'The King and the Robin,' composed for the millennial celebrations of Saint Edward's birth in 1005 with music by Philip Moore and words by the Poet Laureate Andrew Motion. The Eucharist setting is Jonathan Harvey's adventurous 'Missa brevis,' composed for the Abbey in 1995 and here receiving its first recording.

'Early notice is served of how well the Abbey's choristers are currently singing ... an admirably varied programme, with excellent Hyperion recording' (BBC Music Magazine)

'As with the previous releases in this series, the choir (and organist Robert Quinney, who here ends the disc in spectacular fashion with Jeanne Demessieux's Te Deum), under the fluent direction of James O'Donnell, is above reproach' (International Record Review)

'Exhilarating performances' (Daily Telegraph)

'Anglican music can be heard at its best from Westminster Abbey ... a varied programme stylishly performed' (Choir & Organ)

'The range of musical styles is as varied as could be ... The standard of singing and recording is fully equal to such demanding music, but it is equally satisfying to hear psalms and familiar canticles, Stanford in C (Morning) and Purcell in G minor (Evening) performed with such loving care. An excellent disc, highly recommended' (Cathedral Music)

'After eight years James O'Donnell has brought a new sound to the choir of Westminster Abbey. The boys show the greater improvement, a firmer, more solid tone, but the men also now sound like the best adult choirs... The acoustics of the Gothic building are superb, and the organ makes magnificent sounds' (Fanfare, USA)



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>Anonymous : Laudes Regiae
  • Performers: Robert Quinney (Organ); Leigh Nixon (Cantor)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey, London, England (02/06/2006-02/15/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.

>Smith, William : Preces
  • Performers: Robert Quinney (Organ); Julian Stocker (Cantor)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey, London, England (02/06/2006-02/15/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.

>Crotch, William : Psalm 132, for chorus
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey, London, England (02/06/2006-02/15/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Services in C major, Op. 115 no 1 :: Te Deum
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey, London, England (02/06/2006-02/15/2006)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Services in C major, Op. 115 no 1 :: Benedictus
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey, London, England (02/06/2006-02/15/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Smith, William : Responses
  • Performers: Robert Quinney (Organ); Julian Stocker (Cantor)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey, London, England (02/06/2006-02/15/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.

>Purcell, Henry : O God, thou art my god, anthem for 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, bass, double chorus & organ, Z. 35
  • Performers: Nick Morris (Treble); Alexander Pott (Treble); Robert Quinney (Organ); Francis Brett (Bass); Warren Trevelyan-Jones (Tenor); Julian Stocker (Tenor)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey, London, England (02/06/2006-02/15/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1681

>Harvey, Jonathan : Missa brevis, for choir & organ
  • Performers: Benjamin Gerrans (Treble); Robert Quinney (Organ); Francis Brett (Bass); Robert MacDonald (Bass)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey, London, England (02/06/2006-02/15/2006)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bruckner, Anton : Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, WAB 30
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey, London, England (02/06/2006-02/15/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1879

>Morley, W. : Psalm 99, for chorus
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey, London, England (02/06/2006-02/15/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.

>Purcell, Henry : Evening Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) for soloists, chorus & organ in G minor, Z. 231
  • Performers: Jacob Ewens (Treble); Theodore Criswell (Treble); Robert Quinney (Organ); Robert MacDonald (Bass); Thomas Scott-Cowell (Treble); Julian Stocker (Tenor); David Martin (Trombone); Lawrence Wallington (Bass)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey, London, England (02/06/2006-02/15/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Moore, Philip : The King and the Robin, for choir & organ
  • Performers: Benjamin Gerrans (Treble); Robert Quinney (Organ); Julian Empitt (Cantor)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey, London, England (02/06/2006-02/15/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Demessieux, Jeanne : Te Deum, for organ, Op. 11
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey, London, England (02/06/2006-02/15/2006)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1965