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O praise the Lord: Restoration Music from Westminster Abbey

Audio Samples

>Child, William : O Praise the Lord, hymn for chorus
>Blow, John : Voluntary for organ in A major
>Blow, John : God is our Hope and Strength
>Blow, John : Venite, for chorus
>Turner, William : Psalm 113, setting for chorus
>Blow, John : Voluntary for organ in D minor
>Purcell, Henry : Service in B flat major (Morning, Communion and Evening Services), Z. 230
>Purcell, Henry : O Lord God of hosts, anthem for 2 sopranos, 2 altos, tenor, bass, double chorus & continuo, Z. 37
>Blow, John : Salvator mundi
>Purcell, Henry : Jehova, quam multi sunt, Z 135
>Purcell, Henry : Voluntary for Organ no 2 in D minor, Z 718
>Purcell, Henry : Hear my prayer, O Lord
>Turner, William : Psalm 54, setting for chorus
>Purcell, Henry : Voluntary for Organ no 1 in C major, Z 717
>Purcell, Henry : Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z 25
>Purcell, Henry : Voluntary for organ in G major, Z. 720

Album Summary

>Child, William : O Praise the Lord, hymn for chorus
>Blow, John : Voluntary for organ in A major
>Blow, John : God is our Hope and Strength
>Blow, John : Venite, for chorus
>Turner, William : Psalm 113, setting for chorus
>Blow, John : Voluntary for organ in D minor
>Purcell, Henry : Service in B flat major (Morning, Communion and Evening Services), Z. 230
>Purcell, Henry : O Lord God of hosts, anthem for 2 sopranos, 2 altos, tenor, bass, double chorus & continuo, Z. 37
>Blow, John : Salvator mundi
>Purcell, Henry : Jehova, quam multi sunt, Z 135
>Purcell, Henry : Voluntary for Organ no 2 in D minor, Z 718
>Purcell, Henry : Hear my prayer, O Lord
>Turner, William : Psalm 54, setting for chorus
>Purcell, Henry : Voluntary for Organ no 1 in C major, Z 717
>Purcell, Henry : Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z 25
>Purcell, Henry : Voluntary for organ in G major, Z. 720
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Notes & Reviews:

The Choir of Westminster Abbey under their inspirational director James O'Donnell delve into the Abbey's vaults for this latest fascinating disc. The triumphant mood of the Restoration required much glorious liturgical music, and the Abbey was home to some of the greatest composers and performers of the age. This recording presents music written for-the Choir of Westminster Abbey during the late 1670s and early 1680s. They sing four canticles from the compendious Service in B flat by Henry Purcell, together with psalmody in reconstructed contemporary style, and anthems and motets by Purcell and his contemporary John Blow, who famously both preceded and succeeded Purcell as organist of the Abbey.

'Clear and uncluttered sound, the antiphonal effects nicely caught in a faultless Hyperion recording' (International Record Review)

'A highly accomplished and nicely varied survey of Restoration music' (Gramophone)

'The Abbey choir, under James O'Donnell, conveys the thrill of Purcell's music and the whole disc is marked by crucial attention to the articulation of words and the careful balancing of choral sonorities' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Hear my prayer, O Lord' lasts a mere two and a half minutes but has a massive, almost disturbing power. Other works exude a cheerful grace' (The Financial Times)

BBC Music Magazine
Throughout every work O'Donnell's direction is alive to the sophisticated vocal layering, and ever attentive to the meaning of the words - an innate musicality echoed in Robert Quinney's 'voluntary contributions', despatched with nimble virtuosity and a beguiling shapeliness.

Gramophone Magazine
Overall, it's a surprisingly varied programme...The organ voluntaries add spice to the mix, bearing as some of them do the stamp of Italianate influence.

International Record Review
Clear and uncluttered sound, the antiphonal effects nicely caught in a faultless Hyperion recording

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009).



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Works Details

>Child, William : O Praise the Lord, hymn for chorus
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Blow, John : Voluntary for organ in A major
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : God is our Hope and Strength
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : Venite, for chorus
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Turner, William : Psalm 113, setting for chorus
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : Voluntary for organ in D minor
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Service in B flat major (Morning, Communion and Evening Services), Z. 230
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1681

>Purcell, Henry : O Lord God of hosts, anthem for 2 sopranos, 2 altos, tenor, bass, double chorus & continuo, Z. 37
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1681

>Blow, John : Voluntary for organ in D minor
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : Salvator mundi
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Purcell, Henry : Jehova, quam multi sunt, Z 135
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Voluntary for Organ no 2 in D minor, Z 718
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Hear my prayer, O Lord
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1681

>Turner, William : Psalm 54, setting for chorus
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Voluntary for Organ no 1 in C major, Z 717
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Service in B flat major (Morning, Communion and Evening Services), Z. 230
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1681

>Purcell, Henry : Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z 25
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1681

>Purcell, Henry : Voluntary for organ in G major, Z. 720
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/11/2009-06/12/2009); Westminster Abbey (06/22/2009-06/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1685