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Music for Remembrance CD

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This latest album from Westminster Abbey is a programme of memorial music composed in England and France in the shadow of two World Wars.
The main feature is Duruflé’s Requiem, given an astoundingly beautiful performance here, enhanced by distinguished soloists Christine Rice and Roderick Williams. The Requiem is in many ways a paradoxical work, based on plainsong but with Duruflé’s sensuous harmonies suffusing every note with feeling: ‘This Requiem is not an ethereal work which sings of detachment from human concerns’, he said. ‘It reflects, in the unchanging form of Christian prayer, the anguish of man faced with the mystery of his final end.’ It is a work of unimpeachable integrity, a miraculous synthesis of the old and the new.

Throughout the past century the Abbey has been a focus of national remembrance on Armistice Day, and ‘O God, our help in ages past’—the ‘great ceremonial hymn of the English nation’, quoted in Vaughan Williams’ Lord, thou has been our refuge—has been a constant and reassuring presence, from the Burial Service of the Unknown Warrior on 11 November 1920 to the Service commemorating the Passing of the World War One Generation on 11 November 2009.

The anthem by John Tavener recorded here was composed for that service, and all the other English music has some special significance in this place: a statue of Dietrich Bonhoeffer stands above the west door of Westminster Abbey (one of the ten twentieth-century Christian martyrs installed in the niches), while the ashes of Herbert Howells and Ralph Vaughan Williams are buried in the church.

Track list:
1 Requiem Op 9- Maurice Duruflé
2 Lord, thou hast been our refuge - Ralph Vaughan Williams
3 Three prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Philip Moore
4 Take him, earth, for cherishing - Herbert Howells
5 The peace that surpasseth understanding - Sir John Tavener

  • Recorded by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

  • Conducted by James O'Donnell

  • Organ by Robert Quinney

  • Running time is approximately 75 minutes

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