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Advent at St. Paul's / Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral

Audio Samples

>Anonymous : Laudes Regiae
>Chant, Anglican : Matin Responsory (adapted from Palestrina)
>Handl, Jacobus : Ecce concipies
>Peerson, Martin : Blow out the trumpet
>Lloyd, Richard : Drop down ye heavens
>Byrd, William : Laetentur coeli
>Wilby, Philip : Echo Carol, for boys' voices
>Weelkes, Thomas : Hosanna to the Son of David
>Britten, Benjamin : A Hymn of Saint Columba
>Anonymous, English : Rejoice in the Lord Always, for chorus
>Gibbons, Orlando : This is the record of John
>Rutter, John : Hymn to the Creator of Light
>Traditional, Christmas : Angelus ad virginem (English)
>Bruckner, Anton : Virga Jesse, gradual for chorus in E minor, WAB 52
>Parsons, Robert : Ave Maria
>Plainchant : Vespers responsory for the octave of St. Columba
>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
>Carter, Andrew : Organ Toccata on "Veni Emmanuel"

Album Summary

>Anonymous : Laudes Regiae
>Chant, Anglican : Matin Responsory (adapted from Palestrina)
>Handl, Jacobus : Ecce concipies
>Peerson, Martin : Blow out the trumpet
>Lloyd, Richard : Drop down ye heavens
>Byrd, William : Laetentur coeli
>Wilby, Philip : Echo Carol, for boys' voices
>Weelkes, Thomas : Hosanna to the Son of David
>Britten, Benjamin : A Hymn of Saint Columba
>Anonymous, English : Rejoice in the Lord Always, for chorus
>Gibbons, Orlando : This is the record of John
>Rutter, John : Hymn to the Creator of Light
>Traditional, Christmas : Angelus ad virginem (English)
>Bruckner, Anton : Virga Jesse, gradual for chorus in E minor, WAB 52
>Parsons, Robert : Ave Maria
>Plainchant : Vespers responsory for the octave of St. Columba
>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
>Carter, Andrew : Organ Toccata on "Veni Emmanuel"
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
As in the seasonal calendar a single window opens first, so in this Advent recital a solo voice sings in the distance; and by the end, all windows alight, the great Cathedral is filled with the organ's fortissimo from deepest pedal sub - bass to brightest trumpet and topmost piccolo. The programme begins with some plainsong dating back to the first millennium of the era. The end, more plainsong but not so plain now, has O come, O come, Emmanuel audaciously arranged, then to become the subject of an organ toccata with sufficient energy to propel the hymn, the Cathedral and all into the new age. In between comes a satisfying alternation of ancient and modern. Particularly splendid is Martin Peerson's Blow out the trumpet, an anthem strong in rhythm and colour.

Robert Parsons's five - part Ave Maria is also a joy. The modern works include an interesting, deeply felt piece by John Rutter, Hymn to the Creator of Light: its first section, less ingratiating (but not therefore less good) than his more characteristic style, is followed by an angular refulgence of praise in preparation for a chorale - melody sung quietly in octaves amid an affectionate interweave of gentle polyphony - the effect is lovely.

The choir is on top form. Britten's Hymn of St Columba is especially well performed, probably making the strongest impression of all. Andrew Lucas is the remorselessly exercised organist in this, and John Scott takes over for the Toccata: both are excellent.

Every year on Advent Sunday, St. Paul's Cathedral in London holds a special Carol Service. This welcome reissue featuring the Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral led by John Scott captures the mood and structure of this event, presenting a selection of the music that might be performed in its liturgical order. The program begins in contemplative mood with the plainchant processional Laudes Regiae and the famous Mattins Responsory and comes to an end with a joyous arrangement of the great hymn O come, O come, Emmanuel.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997).



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Works Details

>Anonymous : Laudes Regiae
  • Performer: Timothy Jones (Cantor)
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Ensemble: Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Notes: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Chant, Anglican : Matin Responsory (adapted from Palestrina)
  • Performer: Martin Oxenham (Cantor)
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Notes: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Handl, Jacobus : Ecce concipies
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Notes: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Peerson, Martin : Blow out the trumpet
  • Performer: Andrew Lucas (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Notes: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lloyd, Richard : Drop down ye heavens
  • Performer: Andrew Lucas (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Notes: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Byrd, William : Laetentur coeli
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Notes: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1589

>Wilby, Philip : Echo Carol, for boys' voices
  • Performer: Andrew Lucas (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Notes: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Weelkes, Thomas : Hosanna to the Son of David
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Notes: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Britten, Benjamin : A Hymn of Saint Columba
  • Performer: Andrew Lucas (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Notes: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Anonymous, English : Rejoice in the Lord Always, for chorus
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Notes: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gibbons, Orlando : This is the record of John
  • Performers: Christopher Royall (Countertenor); Andrew Lucas (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Notes: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1611

>Rutter, John : Hymn to the Creator of Light
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Notes: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1992

>Traditional, Christmas : Angelus ad virginem (English)
  • Performer: Andrew Lucas (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Notes: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 13th Century

>Bruckner, Anton : Virga Jesse, gradual for chorus in E minor, WAB 52
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Notes: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1885

>Parsons, Robert : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Robert Johnston (Harp)
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Notes: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1570

>Plainchant : Vespers responsory for the octave of St. Columba
  • Performer: Martin Oxenham (Cantor)
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Notes: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
  • Performer: Andrew Lucas (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Notes: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 12th Century

>Carter, Andrew : Organ Toccata on "Veni Emmanuel"
  • Performer: John Scott (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (06/23/1997-06/26/1997)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary