CD of the Month: Trinity Sunday at Westminster Abbey
Our CD of the month for May is Trinity Sunday at Westminster Abbey, which we have chosen as Trinity Sunday itself is on the 22nd of this month. The CD provides an example of the music that one might hear if they attend the Abbey this Trinity Sunday, with the wonderful voices of the choir of Westminster Abbey (conducted by James O’Donnell) alongside the magnificent organ perfectly played by Robert Quinney. All these elements combine with the fantastic acoustics that the Abbey provides to culminate in a spectacular presentation of choral music, as is the case with all the choir’s recordings.
This CD was recorded in June 2005 and follows the structure of the principal three services that you would expect to take place on Trinity Sunday – Matins, Eucharist and Evensong. The first track is the bells of Westminster Abbey ringing out to call all the faithful to come and worship, a joyous start to the programme of music which follows. The music within the Matins section of CD is uplifting and at times quite lively, in particular the track Jubilate composed by Sir William Walton. Moving into the Eucharist section the music becomes slower and more contemplative, with the soaring highs of Kyrie being a particular highlight. Finally within the Evensong tracks we reach a rousing finale with the song I Saw the Lord providing a stirring piece of choral song.
The Trinity Sunday service takes place on the first Sunday after Pentecost in the Western Christian liturgical calendar. The day is devoted to celebrating the Holy Trinity; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the Trinity states that God exists as a perfect communion of three distinct beings which each represent a different element of our eternal God. On Trinity Sunday Christians can contemplate the nature of the Holy trinity and the different ways that God expresses his love to humanity.
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