Acting Organist and Master of the Choristers, his performances on broadcasts and recordings with the Abbey Choir received wide critical acclaim. The celebrated Choir of Westminster Cathedral goes back to its roots with this recording of some of the towering masterpieces of Renaissance polyphony—a genre which the choir has made its own through the ritual of daily liturgical performance. A recording fromWestminster Cathedral features the gentlemen of their choir in a fascinating programme which brings to life the musical and liturgical traditions of. 'It is hard to imagine finer singing of these sacred scores from Brahms and Rheinberger than that 'Baker entices some of the most wonderful singing from his choir here while Robert Quinney and Impressive organ improvisations from Martin Baker complete a richly satisfying recording’ The 'As is only to be expected from its past record, the Choir ofWestminster Cathedral brings tonal 1hour 48min 45sec; Westminster Cathedral Choir Courtesy of the Artists. Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir has released seven CDs of choral music over the last few years. The Westminster Cathedral Choir, can credibly be called one of the best choirs in Europe. “The real value of this disc is the palpable sense of atmosphere in the listening. Concluding this new disc fromWestminster Cathedral is the extraordinary double-choir Mass in Observer. The Choir of Westminster Cathedral is recognised as one of the finest in the world, its principal focus being the daily celebration of the Divine Office and Solemn Mass. The Chief Operating Officer of the Diocese of Westminster. Gaudeamus in loci pace is a breath-catching bonus' HMV Choice, ONE OF THE DAILY TELEGRAPH’S CLASSICAL CDs OF THEYEAR 2004. polychoral Venetian tradition of Gabrieli and Monteverdi, nurtured on the harmonic milk of Bach Since his appointment to Westminster Cathedral as Master of Music in 2000, the choir has maintained its high profile both in the Many more have followed in the Westminster Cathedral Choir discography, most recently the series on the Hyperion label, and many awards have been conferred on the choir's recordings. This most unfolds in the acoustic space of the great Byzantine structure, almost making the listener present Paul's Cathedral and King's College, Cambridge.The singing throughout is of the great standard performances do full justice to the ambition ofVictoria’s intentions, as Martin Baker firmly cements Fr Tim is a demon on e-bay, and has picked up these recordings of the Cathedral choir; the one above of Sir Richard Terry. Last Supper through to Christ’s crucifixion and death. singing under Martin Baker’s direction glows resplendently, while still retaining its celebrated ‘continental’ edge. Judith Bingham now counts among the pantheon of composers who have responded to Most recently three new Masses—by Roxanna Panufnik, James MacMillan and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies—have been performed and recorded by the choir. Choir of Westminster Cathedral is perfectly placed to offer to the armchair listener this CD encapsulation of their very lifeblood, recorded here in the opulent acoustic of their own cathedral. reminds us that this music is the choir's lifeblood.This is unquestionably one of the glories of the works that lovers of choral music will surely relish.' This disc was recorded in Buckfast Abbey in March/April 2019, and is available from the Cathedral Gift Shop and to download. Buy from Hyperion, iTunes and the Cathedral Shop. immediacy, without ever being obtrusive.These are superbly performed and recorded sacred The Assistant Master of Music of Westminster Cathedral. 'It is hard to think of any recent music that conveys religious ecstasy as intensely as James MacMillan's Mass … music of high voltage from are in evidence here ... the crucial added ingredient is singing of a passion and conviction that first to last … the singing ofWestminster Cathedral Choir is electrifying' The Guardian Ad Fontes is a record label founded by Buckfast Abbey dedicated to presenting recordings of the finest sacred music. When the prison was retired, the Roman Catholic Church acquired the land in 1884 for a new cathedral. Her Mass recently won a British Composer Award for ONE OF GOLDBERG’S 50 DISCS OF THE DECADE A liturgical sequence for the Feast of the Assumption, with organ music by Girolamo Frescobaldi, A recording fromWestminster Cathedral features the gentlemen of Many people of many faiths and beliefs find themselves in Westminster Cathedral or listening to its choir’s fine recordings in search of the divine or quality music. Fr Tim is a demon on e-bay, and has picked up these recordings of the Cathedral choir; the one above of Sir Richard Terry. 'Powerful liturgical music from one of today's most admired composers, performed with passionate intensity' Gramophone Many of the pieces on this recording have been commissioned by well-known choirs such as St William Byrd: The Three Masses features Byrd's Masses for three, four and five voices, and the motet Ave verum corpus. A must for choral fans' Classic FM Magazine Here follows another delicious disc of Palestrina, this time dedicated to Christmas, the It almost goes without saying that Hyperion's a clear sense of the structural logic ... the singers are excellent ... virtually flawless ... shut your eyes Some great shots of the cathedral. recommended' Gramophone London's Westminster Cathedral is the leading Catholic church in England. Musicweb, VaughanWilliams Mass in G Minor & Judith Bingham Mass, VaughanWilliams's Mass in G MInor has been described as the first "English" Mass setting since 'This is a thoughtful, carefully analysed performance - Baker and theWestminster choir communicate Wednesday, 30 May 2007. Given its roots within the Roman Catholic Benedictine tradition, the label specialises in choral and organ music drawn from that rich heritage, with a focus on the Choir of Buckfast Abbey and the new Ruffatti organ. 'Everything about this disc, from the captivating sound to the sleeve notes, is of the highest quality. and you can almost smell the incense.Very warmly recommended' BBC Music Magazine, The Mass was commissioned byWestminster Cathedral and was first performed on the Feast of Copies can be purchased from Hyperion, iTunes or the Cathedral Gift Shop. Copies can be purchased from Hyperion, iTunes or the Cathedral Gift Shop. richness and a superb musicality to its performances of these works.The solos sound as confident had its first liturgical performance atWestminster Cathedral in 1923, the Choir ofWestminster The only cathedral choir in the world to sing Mass andVespers liturgically every day,The Choir on this latest disc is gorgeous, full of depth, and with an ideal balance between, choir, organ and atmosphere' International Record Review, Westminster Cathedral continue their survey of the music of Tomás Luis de Victoria. This CD focuses on the music of Guerrero and Lobo, including Lobo's Lamentations and the Missa Maria Magdalene, based on Guerrero's motet. We have not yet heard it, but await to do so with interest. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, recently confirmed by Buckingham Palace as the 'The real value of this disc is the palpable sense of atmosphere in the listening.The service Choir Recordings. It was decided that for its initial performance, the boys would do the Missa Brevis from the organ gallery at the west end of the Cathedral. Furthermore, the musical world has often looked to Westminster Cathedral Choir as the embodiment of the Catholic tradition. ONE OF THE DAILY TELEGRAPH’S CLASSICAL CDs OF THEYEAR 2004 commissions fromWestminster Cathedral. works. 'This music, the Mass in particular, is virtually guaranteed a passage into the central repertoire of choirs around the world; it could hardly Westminster Cathedral Choir and Buckfast Abbey are delighted to announce the release of their newest recording (and their first on the Ad Fontes label), Vexilla Regis: A sequence of music from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday. BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE BEST CDs OF THEYEAR The Choir has made regular recordings since its foundation and continues to do so today. This new recording opens with Victoria's five-part setting of the Marian antiphon Salve regina, followed by two of the composer's Masses: Missa De Beata Maria Virgine and Missa Surge propera, which is preceded by its Palestrina model. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1966 Vinyl release of The Washington Cathedral Choir At Westminster Abbey on Discogs. Westminster Cathedral Choir is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £20,000 by the Cathedral Choirs' Emergency Fund. Westminster Cathedral Choir made its first acoustic recording in 1907. For more information, visit www.adfontes.org.uk. E flat by Joseph Rheinberger, Liechtenstein’s most famous organ prodigy.This is music born of the Sir Richard Terry, the church's first Master of Music, was a devoted scholar of pre-Baroque polyphonic church music and revived choral masterpieces of Tudor-era English composers and their contemporaries on the Continent. Choir & Organ Recordings Jubilate - 2017 St Paul’s Cathedral Choir joins forces with choristers from 50 British cathedrals, abbeys, minsters and churches in an album celebrating the great heritage and beauty of the British choral tradition. 'Beautifully executed … Highly recommended' Fanfare, USA, An adorned version of the Office of Vespers as it might be heard on the eve of Christmas inWestminster Cathedral. The organ gallery is very long and narrow, and for rehearsals we had to squeeze along it carefully and gingerly. from theWestminster Cathedral Choir.The Cathedral choristers display a remarkable technical The choir of Westminster Cathedral sing Psalm 2 as the Introit to the service of Midnight Mass (2009). Stream Tracks and Playlists from WestminsterCathedralChoir on your desktop or … encapsulation of their very lifeblood, recorded here in the opulent acoustic of their own The earliest scheme for a new organ was proposed by T C Lewis in 1910 to a specification drawn up by Richard Runciman Terry, the first Master of Music. 21 Followers. Organ Scholarship 2021 - Applications now open, Closing date 5th January 2021. Christmas Vespers at Westminster Cathedral (CDA67522) From the vaults of Westminster Cathedral (CDA67707) Langlais: Missa Salve regina & Messe solennelle' (CDH55444) James MacMillan: Mass & other sacred music (CDA67219) MacMillan: Tenebrae Responsories & other choral works (CDA67970) Maxwell Davies: Mass & other choral works (CDA67454) Sir Richard Terry, the church's first Master of Music, was a devoted scholar of pre-Baroque polyphonic church music and revived choral masterpieces of Tudor-era English composers and their contemporaries on … from the trebles as from the men, and one can almost smell the incense from the atmospheric As he was the first Master of Music, pre-dating George Malcolm (who introduced the so-called 'continental' tone), Terry's choir will be fascinating to hear. James MacMillan's music andThe Choir ofWestminster Cathedral alike. 'A stirring Vision of aeroplanes testifies to the choir's extraordinary virtuosity which, under Baker, is clearly going from strength to strength … This disc was recorded in Buckfast Abbey in March/April 2019, and is available from the Cathedral Gift Shop and to download. The Abbey (by that time property of the Church of England) sold the land for use as a prison. This release from the admired Westminster Cathedral Choir demonstrates the splendours of the liturgy in the at-once solemn and joyful period of Lent. Westminster Cathedral Choir and Buckfast Abbey are delighted to announce the release of their newest recording (and their first on the Ad Fontes label), Vexilla Regis: A sequence of music from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday. main work being the stunning Missa Hodie Christus natus est—one of Palestrina’s most popular GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE To purchase from the Cathedral Gift Shop, please click here . cathedral. prowess and refinement...The contribution from organist Matthew Martin is first rate, providing 'From the moment this CD begins, the senses tingle with the magical, spiritual nature of the music' The Sunday Herald Audition date 12th January 2021, Westminster Cathedral Choir awarded Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund grant. and Mendelssohn, and finally offered up to the world as a miniature choral symphony that is Westminster Cathedral Choir row deepens as head of music quits over boarding school arrangements Save Martin Baker, has quit his prestigious role as Master of Music within the Cathedral … A Blog from Westminster Cathedral. He also vigorously championed new composition. A procession of chant & polyphony from Advent to Christmas & the Epiphany and Presentation of our Lord, A century ago, Richard Runciman Terry re-introduced the wonders of the Renaissance into All of the works are premiere recordings and the disc is sure to be popular with followers of Both Masses were composed for, and first performed by,The uniquely Rheinberger’s. their choir in a fascinating programme which brings to life the musical and liturgical traditions of Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor). we have come to expect from this choir.The use of soaring treble lines (such as in Christus vincit) 'A pleasing stability of tone …The overall effect … is reverential, moving and warmly recorded' BBC Music Magazine Label: Washington Cathedral Archives Recordings - CS 7189 • Format: Vinyl LP, Stereo • Country: US • Genre: Classical • About 250 boys aged four to 13 attend the academically selective Westminster Cathedral Choir preparatory school, where fees range from £5,641 to £6,765 per term. 'Christmas comes with a combination of simplicity and stunning excitement in this recording' American Record Guide, Brahms Missa canonica and Rheinberger Mass, Brahms’s Missa canonica is something of a rarity: composed around 1856, the work lay the world. Gramophone O magnum mysterium - songs of the Incarnation; Westminster Cathedral Choir, Peter Stevens; Cadogan Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 3 December 2019 An imaginative programme brings Westminster Cathedral Choir out of its usual habitat Hearing performing group's outside their regular habitat can sometimes be illuminating, but not necessarily so. have had a better springboard than this recording' International Record Review Wells Cathedral Choir, Matthew Owens (conductor), Jonathan Vaughn (organ), Sir John Tavener (composer) Wells Cathedral Choir celebrates the life and works of the late British composer Sir John Tavener. Martin Baker is recognized as a dynamic choral conductor. The Chair of Governors and Head Master of Westminster Cathedral Choir School. Featuring music for brass, percussion, choir & organ commissioned for the visit of Pope Benedict to the UK, this stunningly recorded disc is the second collection of MacMillan's music to be issued by Westminster Cathedral Choir. Cathedral promises to set a new standard. …This disc is quite unique, a hugely successful evocation of Catholic cathedral worship at its best' Fanfare, USA recording' Daily Telegraph In 2000 he returned to Westminster Cathedral as Master of Music, where he has been responsible for directing the world renowned choir in its daily choral programme and busy schedule of concerts, tours and recordings. We have not yet heard it, but await to do so with interest. A profile of Westminster Cathedral Choir (Choir) and details of their recordings available to browse and buy. Released to mark the conclusion of a highly successful American tour, this album finds the choir in superb voice and the thrillingly involved sound is perfectly coloured by the Westminster resonance. throughout the polyphony of both the mass setting and Victoria’s beautiful motet Vidi speciosam. 'The choir ofWestminster Cathedral has long been noted for its distinctive Continental-style The Westminster Cathedral Choir, among just a few others, can credibly be called the best choir in Europe. Highly Allegri; Westminster Cathedral Choir, King's College Choir, Stephen Cleobury 1 Vierne: Messe solennelle / Widor: Messe à deux chœurs et deux orgues / Dupré: Quatre Motets liturgical polyphony and placedWestminster Cathedral Choir at the pinnacle of the art. recording captures the full effect of Maxwell Davies' astonishing writing' Gramophone, Martin Baker’s first disc of Palestrina with Westminster Cathedral Choir was highly praised across In this new performance of the work, which He was appointed to Westminster Abbey in 1991. Westminster Cathedral Choir. They sing at the two Sunday morning choral services, as well as for special civic and national occasions, such as the Installations of the Order of the Thistle. Mass and other liturgies live streamed from Westminster Cathedral are now available to watch at the following times: Sunday 10.30am Mass 4.30pm Solemn Vespers and Benediction 5.30pm Mass Monday to Saturday 9am Mass 12pm Holy Hour 5.30pm Mass Daily Telegraph, This new recording fromWestminster Cathedral presents two of the most important new Mass Listen Story audio . his position as worthy successor to the glories achieved by this choir under James O’Donnell tone, which gives its performances of Latin sacred polyphony an attractively distinctive quality.' Masterworks from the Renaissance—familiar from Westminster Cathedral Choir’s previous award-winning recordings—alternate with works by former organists of the Cathedral (all themselves masters of liturgical composition) and are linked by the plainchant which is at the spiritual heart of the music. Following the success of the Westminster Cathedral Lay Clerks in their sumptuous men-only recording of Victoria's Missa Gaudeamus, the choir returns to full ranks for a further issue in their survey of the Masses of this undisputed Master of the Renaissance. 'Outstanding performances. Sing Choirs of Angels is a Christmas CD; Jerusalem is a collection of favourite hymns and anthems; A Worcester Evensong is exactly as it says, all them elements of a traditional choral evensong from Worcester Cathedral; Hodie, music from Advent to Christmas Day; Rise Heart, a selection of the … Hearing the music like this in context—and recorded in the unique acoustic of the Cathedral—perfectly replicates the live experience for the listener. The choirmen were as usual in the apse. The Grand Organ of Westminster Cathedral is considered by many to be the greatest achievement and crowning glory of Henry Willis III, one of England’s finest organ builders. The 'A sublime disc' BBC Music Magazine 'A glorious celebration of music written with the acoustics ofWestminster Cathedral in mind' Classic FM Magazine opulent of liturgies runs as a continuous narrative describing momentous Biblical events from the A liturgical sequence for the Feast of the Assumption, with organ music by Girolamo Frescobaldi. Tune in on April 9 at 8 p.m. for an encore broadcast of the Westminster Choir performing in Collegeville as part of the 50th anniversary of the Saint John's Abbey and University Church. Comprising up to 20 boy trebles and altos aged 8-13 and ten professional Lay Clerks, the Choir remains the only Catholic Cathedral choir in the world to sing daily Mass and Vespers, whilst also performing concerts at home and abroad. Read our reviews here (The Observer), here (AllMusic), here (Hyperion), and here (Amazon). Since its foundation in 1901 . The Choir of St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh is an adult choir of 30 singers, part of a choral tradition dating back to the 1870s. This disc was recorded in Buckfast Abbey in March/April 2019, and is available from the Cathedral Gift Shop and to download. Once, The name of the label is taken from the Abbey’s motto, Psalm 41: Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum ita desiderat anima mea ad te, Deus (Like the deer that yearns for running streams, so my soul is yearning for you, my God). The Westminster Cathedral Choir, among just a few others, can credibly be called the best choir in Europe. unperformed until 1983. Apr 6, 2012. Over the years composers of the stature of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Lennoc Berkeley, Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten, Herbert Howells, William Mathias, and David Sanger have composed for the Cathedral Choir It made one of the earliest British choral recordings, an acoustic disc cut in 1908. Liturgical Music and the new recording offers it a place in the repertory beyond the cloister. this foundation. Recent reviews have declared the choir to be at the peak of its powers, and this disc is an important celebration of a great musical tradition. Westminster Cathedral Choir made its first recording in 1907. ‘Splendid singing illuminates these works from the vaults of Westminster… Throughout, the choral this foundation. purchase CD recordings, and meet members of the choir. ‘The Lay Clerks make a gloriously full-bodied sound with plenty of contrast and colour The disc can be bought from Hyperion, iTunes and the Cathedral Shop. Hyperion has been making recordings inWestminster Cathedral almost since the day the company first came into being, and, as ever, the sound new Master ofThe Queen’s Music. The Choir also performs in concerts at home and abroad, and continues to make recordings, as it has done regularly throughout its existence. Houssart positively revel in their virtuoso interplay. is particularly special. Victoria: Missa Gaudeamus. settings of recent times. This is very impressive singing indeed.’ musicalcriticism.com, A continuous narrative describing momentous Biblical events from the Last Supper through to Christ’s crucifixion and death, Palestrina composed four sets of Lamentations, the third of which is recorded here. Corpus Christi in 2000. of Westminster Cathedral is perfectly placed to offer to the armchair listener this CD 'Performances throughout are exceptionally fine and the recorded sound radiantly atmospheric' Gramophone Choir ofWestminster Cathedral. The latest addition to the Cathedral Choir's catalogue is a recording of music by John Sheppard, a towering figure of the English Renaissance. Westminster Cathedral Choir is represented in the U.S.A. by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc. www.concertorganists.com Please join us for: “The Future of Catholic Sacred Music” A lecture by Martin Baker, Master of Music, Westminster Cathedral Choir Monday, October 24, 2011 Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Masterpieces of Mexican Polyphony - Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell on AllMusic - 1990 - The focus in the new century when it comes to the… The Benedictine monks who built and owned Westminster Abbey reclaimed part of the marsh around Westminster. Westminster Cathedral Choir and Buckfast Abbey are delighted to announce the release of their newest recording (and their first on the Ad Fontes label), Vexilla Regis: A sequence of music from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday. 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