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Durufle; Radcliffe; Ley; Stanford; Byrd: The Feast of Saint Peter The Apostle At Westminster Abbey CD

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  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Composer: Maurice Durufle, Philip Radcliffe, William Byrd, Charles Villers Stanford, William Crotch
  • Audio CD (26 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B003PN5UQS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,493 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. MAURICE DURUFLÉ (19021986) Tu es Petrus Op 1 No 2 [0'58]
2. PHILIP RADCLIFFE (19051986) The Preces [1'17]
3. HENRY GEORGE LEY (18871962) Psalm 138 [2'41]
4. SIR CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD (18521924) Te Deum [6'22]
5. Jubilate [3'17] SERVICE IN B FLAT, OP 10
6. PHILIP RADCLIFFE (19051986) The Responses [6'11]
7. WILLIAM BYRD (1539/401623) Mass for five voices
8. GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA (1525/61594) Tu es Petrus a 6 [3'32]
9. WILLIAM CROTCH (17751847) Psalm 124 [2'00]
10. SIR CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD (18521924) Magnificat [3'30]
11. SIR CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD (18521924) Nunc dimittis [3'38] SERVICE IN B FLAT, OP 10
12. SIR WILLIAM WALTON (19021983) The Twelve [10'50]
13. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (16851750) arr. MARCEL DUPRÉ (18861971) Sinfonia from Cantata No 29 [4'12]

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Westminster Abbey Choir - James O'Donnell, direction - Robert Quinney, orgue


James O'Donnell,his Westminster musicians and the Hyperion team have produced another jewel of a disc.Highly recommended. --Gramophone awards issue,2010

The musicians of Westminster Abbey are in top form.Crisp phrasing,firm control of line and luminous colours create many fine moments ,notably in the Palestrina and in Byrd's Gloria. Performance *** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,Nov 2010

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Burn VINE VOICE on 7 Jun 2012
Format: Audio CD
There's a great concept at work in this disc - it's a sort of 'day in the life' of Westminster Abbey, presenting the music from three services which you might hear if you were to visit on the feast day of the Abbey's patron saint, St Peter. And a right treat you'd be in for, too - take a thermos and some sandwiches, as you won't want to leave. It's a richly diverse programme, including Byrd's Mass for Five Voices, some Palestrina ('Tu es Petrus', natch), a healthy dollop of Stanford (Morning and Evening services in Bb) and, to top it all off, Walton's 'The Twelve'. Granted, not all the music is of equal quality (you're not going to rush back to listen to Radcliffe's Preces and Responses every day, no matter how fine an example of the genre they are), and the psalms do what psalms do, though they are immaculately sung.

The highlights are definitely worth it, though - the Byrd is just lovely, and you get the impression they are singing it from memory; it's in their blood, this stuff. The Walton is thrilling, with fantastic solo contributions, and Robert Quinney's organ playing is as good as you'd expect from one of Britain's most gifted musicians. The Byrd really should be regarded as a particular masterpiece of choral singing: O'Donnell proves beyond doubt that a choir of men and boys can give an utterly compelling reading of Renaissance polyphony, in many ways more exciting and engaging than the cleaner 'choral-scholar' sound of ensembles such as The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars et al.

I reckon this is a bit of a cracker. The recording is spot on - you get a powerful sense of the Abbey's beautiful acoustic, but never at the expense of musical and textual clarity. Go on, treat yourself, and don't forget your sandwiches.
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0 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Heather Barbour on 29 Aug 2010
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i like church music ..rich ..complex
a personal thing for me alone
i know all the words
doesn't reflect anything else about me
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The best kind of choral album, live, uninterrupted, in a sacred space - and with perfect diction and clarity as well as feeling 10 Sep 2010
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This is Hyperion's newest edition in a series of choral CDs. Here you get to listen to the music that you might find at the Feast Of Saint Peter if you were visiting the Abby. There is music by Byrd, Palestrina, and other great composers. The atmosphere is beautiful and the singing is flawless. This is a must for lovers of Anglican Church Music. A gorgeous album that is highly recommended!
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