Advent at St Paulís | Hyperion - Helios CDH55463

Advent at St Paulís

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Label: Hyperion - Helios

Cat No: CDH55463

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 1st October 2012

Contents

About

Every year on Advent Sunday, St Paulís Cathedral in London holds an Advent Carol Service. This recording captures the mood and structure of this event, presenting a selection of the music which might be performed in its liturgical order.

The Churchís preparation for the coming of Christ begins in contemplative mood with the plainchant processional Laudes Regiae and the famous Mattins Responsory (ĎI look from afar Ö í). The wealth of music that follows is typical of the approach of this choir: traditional favourites such as Hosanna to the Son of David and the Parsons Ave Maria rest alongside contemporary works from composers such as John Rutter, Richard Lloyd and Philip Wilby.

This album - and the hypothetical service - comes to an end with a joyous arrangement of the great hymn O come, O come, Emmanuel, and an organ toccata on the same theme by Andrew Carter acts as the voluntary.

Contents:
1. Laudes Regiae (arr. Christopher Dearnley)
2. GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA: Mattins Responsory (arr. David Wilcocks)
3. JACOB HANDL: Ecce concipies
4. MARTIN PEERSON: Blow out the trumpet in Sion
5. RICHARD LLOYD: Drop down ye heavens
6. WILLIAM BYRD: Laetentur caeli
7. PHILIP WILBY: Echo Carol
8. THOMAS WEELKES: Hosanna to the Son of David
9. BENJAMIN BRITTEN: A Hymn of St Columba
10. Rejoice in the Lord alway
11. ORLANDO GIBBONS: This is the record of John
12. JOHN RUTTER: Hymn to the Creator of Light
13. Angelus ad virginem (arr. David Wilcocks)
14. ANTON BRUCKNER: Virga Jesse floruit
15. ROBERT PARSONS: Ave Maria
16. GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA: Vesper Responsory (arr. Christopher Dearnley)
17. O come, O come, Emmanuel (arr. Andrew Carter)
18. ANDREW CARTER: Organ Toccata on Veni Emmanuel

ĎThis truly rich advent feast is performed wonderfully well on all counts and can be highly recommendedí - Organistsí Review

[from CDA66994]

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