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Trinity Sunday at Westminster Abbey / O'Donnell, et al

Album Summary

>Sound, Recorded : Church Bells
>Tomkins, Thomas : Work(s)
>Elvey, George : Psalm 115 ("Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory"), for chorus & organ
>Britten, Benjamin : Te Deum in C major
>Walton, William : Jubilate Deo
>Grier, Francis : Missa Trinitatis Sanctae
>Bairstow, Edward : O Give Thanks unto the Lord, Psalm 107
>Howells, Herbert : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B minor (CMS Jubilee Festival Service, Westminster)
>Stainer, John : I saw the Lord
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Fantasia and Toccata for Organ in D minor, Op. 57
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This disc presents a sequence of music such as might be heard in the Abbey on Trinity Sunday. Full documentation is provided, including a history of music-making in the Abbey through the ages and an introduction by The Very Reverend Dr. Wesley Carr, Dean of Westminster. "This is a choir for whom hymn-singing is as natural as breathing." - ClassicToday.com

'James O'Donnell proves himself master of two Westminster traditions: the Collegiate Abbey style is as assured as his former 'continental' Cathedral persona. Best are the persuasively-layered Britten Te Deum, and conspicuously bouncy Walton Jubilate. The Tomkins reponses almost purr with effortless control' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The setting's generous acoustics play their own part, bathing the entire recording in a warm, luxuriant glow. Those with even the vaguest interest in choral music will undoubtedly want to add this fine recording to their collection' (HMV Choice)

'I'm so taken with this program that I frankly rebel at the notion of spending one sentence, much less a paragraph, on the topic of alternative recordings' (Fanfare, USA)

'This is glorious music sung to perfection' (American Record Guide)



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Works Details

>Sound, Recorded : Church Bells
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/15/2005/06/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Tomkins, Thomas : Work(s) :: The Preces
  • Performer: Julian Empitt (Cantor)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/15/2005/06/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Elvey, George : Psalm 115 ("Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory"), for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/15/2005/06/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Britten, Benjamin : Te Deum in C major
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/15/2005/06/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Walton, William : Jubilate Deo
  • Performers: Robert Quinney (Organ); Julian Empitt (Cantor); Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/15/2005/06/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971-1972

>Tomkins, Thomas : Work(s) :: The Responses
  • Performer: Julian Empitt (Cantor)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/15/2005/06/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Grier, Francis : Missa Trinitatis Sanctae
  • Performers: Francis Brett (Bass); Warren Trevelyan-Jones (Tenor); Julian Stocker (Tenor); Julian Empitt (Cantor); Lawrence Wallington (Bass)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/15/2005/06/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Bairstow, Edward : O Give Thanks unto the Lord, Psalm 107
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/15/2005/06/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Howells, Herbert : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B minor (CMS Jubilee Festival Service, Westminster)
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/15/2005/06/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Stainer, John : I saw the Lord
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/15/2005/06/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Fantasia and Toccata for Organ in D minor, Op. 57
  • Performer: Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminster Abbey (06/15/2005/06/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic