The Westminster Abbey Choir continues their exploration of the rich repertoire of the liturgy in its historical context in the Abbey with music for the Feast of the Ascension. Ascension Day is a particular moment of celebration within the annual round of Easter praise and is celebrated in glorious and triumphal language.
The works recorded here represent a wide range of the best of liturgical music, starting from the intricate and joyful writing of the sixteenth-century composer Peter Philips and ending with fascinating and appealing pieces by living composers.
Along the way are works from the great flowering of English cathedral music in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
1 Caelos ascendit hodie – Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
2 The Preces – Bernard Rose
3 Psalm 24 – Sir Joseph Barnby
4 Festival Te Deum in E – Benjamin Britten
5 Der 100. Psalm – Heinrich Schutz
6 The Responses – Bernard Rose
7 O clap your hands – Ralph Vaughan Williams
8 Missabrevis – Sir William Walton
9 God is gone up – Gerald Finzi
10 Ascendit Deus – Peter Philips
11 Psalm 93 – Sir George Macfarren
12 Magniciant and Nunc dimittis ‘Chichester Service’ – Sir William Walton
13 Viri Galilaei – Patrick Gowers
14 The Dismissal – Bernard Rose
15 Toccata – Francis Pott
- Running time approximately 68 minutes
- Organ by Robert Quinney
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