This CD contains music one might hear if visiting the Abbey on its patronal feast, that of St Peter the Apostle, which falls on 29 June.
The programme broadly follows the structure of the three major choral services of the Anglican tradition, all of which can in turn be traced back to the worship familiar in the pre-Reformation period when the Abbey was a Benedictine monastery: Matins (or Morning Prayer); Eucharist (Mass); and Evensong (Evening Prayer).
The two principal musical elements are William Byrd’s Mass for five voices, and, linking the morning and evening Offices, four movements from Charles Villiers Stanford’s Service in B flat. Also featured is Walton’s choral masterpiece The Twelve.
1 Tue s Petrus op 1 No 3 - Maurice Durufle
2 The Preses – Philip Radcliffe
3 Psalm 138 – Henry George Ley
4 Service in B flat, Op 10, Te Deum- Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
5 Service in B flat, Op 10, Jubilate- Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
6 The Responses – Philip Radcliffe
7 Mass for five voices, Kyrie – William Byrd
8 Mass for five voices, Gloria – William Byrd
9 Mass for five voices, Credo – William Byrd
10 Mass for five voices, Sanctus – William Byrd
11 Mass for five voices, Benedictus – William Byrd
12 Mass for five voices, Agnus Dei – William Byrd
13 Tue s Petrus a 6 – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
14 Psalm 124 – William Crotch
15 Service in B flat,Op 10, Magnificant- Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
16 Service in B flat,Op 10, Nunc dimittis- Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
17 The Twelve- Sir William Walton
18 Sinfonia from Cantata 29 – J S Bach transcribed by Marcel Dupre
- Conducted by James O'Donnell
- Sung by The Choir of Westminster Abbey
- Running time approximately 62 minutes
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