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The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels at Westminster Abbey

Album Summary

>Dering, Richard : Factum est Silentium for 6 voices & continuo
>Leighton, Kenneth : Preces and Responses no 1, for cantor, chorus & organ
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Psalm 148 "Laudate Dominum", for chorus
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Te Deum for chorus & organ (or orchestra) in G
>Britten, Benjamin : Jubilate Deo
>Leighton, Kenneth : Preces and Responses no 2, for cantor, chorus & organ
>Langlais, Jean : Messe Solennelle for chorus & organ
>Tippett, Michael : Plebs angelica, motet for double chorus
>Alcock, Walter : Psalm 91 "Qui habitat", for chorus
>Tippett, Michael : Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Evening Canticles), for chorus & organ
>Howells, Herbert : Sequence for St Michael
>Harvey, Jonathan : Laus Deo, for organ
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The latest CD from the Choir of Westminster Abbey, led by its director James O'Donnell, again draws on the rich repertoire of the liturgy in its historical context with music for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels (Michaelmas, September 29th).These visionary texts have inspired composers throughout the centuries to create settings of thrilling immediacy. Favorites and rarities of the repertoire are sung here with characteristic verve and impeccable musicality in the luminous acoustic of the abbey.

'The choir, atmospherically recorded in the Abbey itself, sings this demanding repertoire with its customary zeal and a well-blended sound, and the performances are directed with the panache and style one has come to expect from James O'Donnell. Robert Quinney's contribution as organist culminates in a Laus Deo from Jonathan Harvey aptly described by O'Donnell in his booklet note as "the opulent psychedelia of [Messiaen's] Turangalîla compressed into four minutes"' (The Daily Telegraph)

'The disc is a splendid and colourful addition to the Abbey Choir's recordings of special services. They themselves are in fine form, sovereign (as befits the status of their church) in musical confidence, as well placed as the bright-toned voices of the boys who rise with an aplomb many opera house choruses might envy to the high Cs of the Langlais Mass, and show their mastery in still more wonderful ways by finding the notes scattered with hide-and-seek devilry in Tippet's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis. And in that connection the soloist Nicholas Trapp deserves particular mention. Their style, under James O'Donnell's sure direction, is forthright and spirited, well attuned to the Jacobean mysticism of Dering's Factus est silentium as to Howell's ecstatic Sequence for St Michael ... Kenneth Leighton's Responses are subtly varied and inventive' (Gramophone)



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>Dering, Richard : Factum est Silentium for 6 voices & continuo
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (01/29/2007/02/01/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1618

>Leighton, Kenneth : Preces and Responses no 1, for cantor, chorus & organ :: The Preces
  • Performer: Francis Brett (Cantor)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (01/29/2007/02/01/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Psalm 148 "Laudate Dominum", for chorus
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (01/29/2007/02/01/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Te Deum for chorus & organ (or orchestra) in G
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (01/29/2007/02/01/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928

>Britten, Benjamin : Jubilate Deo
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (01/29/2007/02/01/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Leighton, Kenneth : Preces and Responses no 2, for cantor, chorus & organ :: The Responses
  • Performer: Francis Brett (Cantor)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (01/29/2007/02/01/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Langlais, Jean : Messe Solennelle for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Julian Empitt (Cantor)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (01/29/2007/02/01/2007)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1951

>Tippett, Michael : Plebs angelica, motet for double chorus
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (01/29/2007/02/01/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1943-1944

>Alcock, Walter : Psalm 91 "Qui habitat", for chorus
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (01/29/2007/02/01/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Tippett, Michael : Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Evening Canticles), for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Robert MacDonald (Bass); Julian Stocker (Tenor); Nicholas Trapp (Treble)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (01/29/2007/02/01/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1961

>Howells, Herbert : Sequence for St Michael
  • Performers: Mark Dobell (Tenor); Jacob Ewens (Treble)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (01/29/2007/02/01/2007)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Harvey, Jonathan : Laus Deo, for organ
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (01/29/2007/02/01/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1969