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From the Vaults Of Westminster Cathedral

Album Summary

>Chant, Gregorian : Rorate coeli, antiphon, mode 1
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Descendit angelus Domini, motet for 5 voices
>Byrd, William : Rorate caeli desuper, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Chant, Gregorian : Mass X, Alme Pater
>Byrd, William : Work(s)
>Byrd, William : Ecce Virgo concipiet, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Chant, Gregorian : Psalm 2
>Martin, Matthew : Adam lay ybounden, for chorus
>Malcolm, George : Missa Ad praesepe
>Chant, Gregorian : Alleluia, Dominuis dixit
>Chant, Gregorian : Ecce advenit, introit
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Messa a 4 da cappella
>Chant, Gregorian : Vidimus stellam, alleluia
>Lassus, Orlando de : Pro Triduo sacro in nocturno II et III
>Bevan, Maurice : Magnificat, for chorus & organ
>Baker, Martin : Nunc dimitttis, for chorus & organ in B flat major
>Wood, Charles : Marche des Rois mages, improvisation for organ
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Notes & Reviews:

'Splendid singing illuminates these works from the vaults of Westminster ... The Monteverdi Missa a 4 is especially virile and mellifluous ... Throughout, the choral singing under Martin Baker's direction glows resplendently, while still retaining its celebrated 'continental' edge. Another tremendous plus is the exhilarating, splashy, dynamic and fiery improvisations dished up by Matthew Martin on the Grand Organ ... The recording is up to Hyperion's exemplary high standards' (Gramophone)

'The strikingly Byzantine Westminster Cathedral has stood for barely 100 years and yet its musical tradition is rooted several centuries before, in plainchant and renaissance polyphony, sung in spectacular style by its superb choir ... Impressive organ improvisations from Martin Baker complete a richly satisfying recording' (The Observer)

BBC Music Magazine
Epiphany brings Monteverdi's Messa a 4 da cappella, whose polyphonic complexities elicit a confidently assertive response from the choir, with fine internal balances between the voice sections.

Gramophone Magazine
Throughout, the choral singing under Martin Baker's direction glows resplendently, while still retaining its celebrated "continental" edge. Another tremendous plus is the exhilarating, splashy, dynamic and fiery improvisations dished up by Matthew Martin on the Grand Organ. Who could fail to be moved by the image of lolloping camels in his cinematic concluding Marche des Rois mages?

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007).



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Works Details

>Chant, Gregorian : Rorate coeli, antiphon, mode 1
  • Performers: Matthew Martin (Organ); Stephen Alder (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Descendit angelus Domini, motet for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Rorate caeli desuper, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1605

>Chant, Gregorian : Mass X, Alme Pater
  • Performer: Matthew Martin (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Work(s) :: Tollite portas - Ave Maria
  • Performers: David Allsopp (Countertenor); Nicholas Keay (Tenor); Stephen Alder (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Chant, Gregorian : Mass X, Alme Pater
  • Performers: Matthew Martin (Organ); Nicholas Keay (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Ecce Virgo concipiet, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1605

>Chant, Gregorian : Psalm 2
  • Performer: Matthew Martin (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Martin, Matthew : Adam lay ybounden, for chorus
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Malcolm, George : Missa Ad praesepe :: Kyrie
  • Performer: Matthew Martin (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Malcolm, George : Missa Ad praesepe :: Gloria
  • Performers: Matthew Martin (Organ); Graham Titus (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Chant, Gregorian : Alleluia, Dominuis dixit
  • Performer: Matthew Martin (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Malcolm, George : Missa Ad praesepe :: Mass 9, 'Cum iubilo'. Sanctus & Benedictus
  • Performer: Matthew Martin (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Malcolm, George : Missa Ad praesepe :: Agnus Dei
  • Performer: Matthew Martin (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Chant, Gregorian : Ecce advenit, introit
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Messa a 4 da cappella :: Gloria
  • Performer: Graham Titus (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1650

>Chant, Gregorian : Vidimus stellam, alleluia
  • Performer: Matthew Martin (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Messa a 4 da cappella :: Sanctus & Benedictus
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1650

>Lassus, Orlando de : Pro Triduo sacro in nocturno II et III
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Messa a 4 da cappella :: Agnus Dei
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1650

>Bevan, Maurice : Magnificat, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Matthew Martin (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Baker, Martin : Nunc dimitttis, for chorus & organ in B flat major
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Wood, Charles : Marche des Rois mages, improvisation for organ
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (07/09/2007-07/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic