• CDA68020 Katalognummer
  • 034571280202 EAN
  • 1CD Format
  • 2014 Utgivelsesår

Artist
Westminster Abbey Choir | Britten Sinfonia | O' | Donnell, James

Dirigent
O' | Donnell, James

Medvirkende
Williams, Roderick (baritone) | Rice, Christine (mezzo-soprano) | Quinney, Robert (organ) | Dearnley, Caroline (cello) | Archibald, Paul (trumpet) | Martin, David (counter-tenor)

Komponist
Duruflé, Maurice | Howells, Herbert | Moore, Philip | Tavener, John | Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Ensemble
Westminster Abbey Choir | Britten Sinfonia

Plateselskap
Hyperion

Verk

Duruflé: Requiem, Op. 9
Howells: Take him, earth, for cherishing
Moore, P: Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Tavener: The peace that surpasseth understanding
Vaughan Williams: Lord, Thou has been our refuge

Produsent
Peacock, Adrian

Tekniker
Hinitt, David

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Produktbeskrivelse

This latest album from Westminster Abbey is a programme of memorial music composed in England and France in the shadow of two World Wars.

The main feature is Duruflé’s Requiem, one of the best-loved of all works of the twentieth century, and given an astoundingly beautiful performance here, enhanced by distinguished soloists Christine Rice and Roderick Williams.

The Requiem is many ways a paradoxical work, based on plainsong but with Durufle’s sensuous harmonies suffusing every note with feeling: ‘This Requiem is not an ethereal work which sings of detachment from human concerns’, he said. ‘It reflects, in the unchanging form of Christian prayer, the anguish of man faced with the mystery of his final end.’ It is a work of unimpeachable integrity, a miraculous synthesis of the old and the new.

Throughout the past century the Abbey has been a focus of national remembrance on Armistice Day, and ‘O God, our help in ages past’—the ‘great ceremonial hymn of the English nation’, quoted in Vaughan Williams’ Lord, thou has been our refuge—has been a constant and reassuring presence, from the Burial Service of the Unknown Warrior on 11 November 1920 to the Service commemorating the Passing of the World War One Generation on 11 November 2009. The anthem by John Tavener recorded here was composed for that service, and all the other English music has some special significance in this place: a statue of Dietrich Bonhoeffer stands above the west door of Westminster Abbey (one of the ten twentieth-century Christian martyrs installed in the niches there in 1998), while the ashes of Herbert Howells and Ralph Vaughan Williams are buried in the church where their music has contributed so much to daily services and great state occasions.

This is an exquisite performance of the Durufle Requiem...The playing of the Britten Sinfonia is superb, Robert Quinney's fluid, immensely colourful organ-playing a joy to behold and Roderick Williams a supremely compelling baritone soloist...O'Donnell moulds and shapes every moment with infinite care...as a beautiful listening experience it is in a class of its own. Gramophone

 

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