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Mary and Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey / James O'Donnell, Westminster Cathedral Choir

Album Summary

>Tye, Christopher : Omnes gentes, plaudite manibus, motet for 5 voices
>Mundy, William : Vox patris caelestis
>Tallis, Thomas : Videte miraculum
>Sheppard, John : Libera nos, salve nos (I), for 7 voices
>Sheppard, John : The Second Service, for 5 to 8 voices
>Byrd, William : Teach me, O Lord
>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum
>Byrd, William : O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth, anthem for 6 voices (SAATTB)
>White, Robert : Exaudiat te, Domine
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

'Mary & Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey' tells the story of the religious and political turmoil that engulfed England in the sixteenth century, and from which composers of liturgical music could find no escape. They were forced to follow the changing edicts about permitted texts as the pendulum of power oscillated between traditional and reformed religion. Interestingly, this period saw the greatest flowering of church music in England's history; some of the most magnificent works of the age are recorded here.

'The beauties of this disc of 16th century choral music are many and various. The repertoire's selection and arrangement is inspired, the singing some of the best I've heard on CD ... As a showcase for English choral singing at its most charismatic, this deserves to be widely heard' (Gramophone)

'The Choir of Westminster Abbey sings fresh, committed and emotionally compelling accounts. Many overpowering moments take place during Mundy's Vox Patris Caelestis ... James O'Donnell shapes vocal lines with a keen sense of drama ... The brilliance of the programming matches that of the singing' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This is spectacularly fine singing, with James O'Donnell's obvious affection for the repertoire drawing from both boys and men some exquisite performances ... the Westminster choir's most beautiful release to date' (International Record Review)

'This latest addition to Hyperion's excellent Westminster Abbey series presents a fascinating snapshot of the musical upheavals created by Queen Mary's death and Elizabeth I's accession in 1558. Sheppard's Second Evening Service, composed in that year in a syllabic yet sonorously polyphonic style, marks the watershed between richly textured and highly elaborated Latin pieces, such as Mundy's Vox Patris caelestis, and the beautiful simplicity of Byrd's Teach me O Lord. Recusant musical activity is also represented by Byrd's profoundly moving Ne irascaris' (Daily Telegraph)

'[In] this brilliantly conceived programme ... O'Donnell's superlative choir are peerless' (Sunday Times)

'Sheppard's sublime 'Libera nos' unfolds like a hothouse flower amid other blooms from Tye, Tallis, Mundy and White' (The Observer)

'The energy in the boys' voices is thrilling: they sear through the complex texture with evangelical zeal ... This recording showcases the contrasts of style which made the 16th century such a fertile period of composition, and shows how the tradition of singing services at Westminster Abbey has continued unbroken for so many centuries' (Early Music Review)



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Works Details

>Tye, Christopher : Omnes gentes, plaudite manibus, motet for 5 voices
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (06/19/2008-06/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Mundy, William : Vox patris caelestis
  • Performers: Stuart Young; Francis Brett (Bass); Robert MacDonald (Bass); Julian Stocker (Tenor); Julian Empitt (Cantor); Mark Dobell (Tenor); William Balkwill (Tenor); Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (06/19/2008-06/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tallis, Thomas : Videte miraculum
  • Performer: Leigh Nixon (Cantor)
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (06/19/2008-06/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sheppard, John : Libera nos, salve nos (I), for 7 voices
  • Performer: Robert MacDonald (Cantor)
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (06/19/2008-06/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sheppard, John : The Second Service, for 5 to 8 voices
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (06/19/2008-06/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Teach me, O Lord
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (06/19/2008-06/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum :: "Let not Thy wrath" & "O Lord, turn thy wrath"), motet for 5 voices (SAT
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (06/19/2008-06/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth, anthem for 6 voices (SAATTB)
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (06/19/2008-06/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>White, Robert : Exaudiat te, Domine
  • Performers: Francis Brett (Bass); Robert MacDonald (Bass); Julian Stocker (Tenor); Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
  • Notes: All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (06/19/2008-06/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance