Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Hyperion’s record of the month for November sees the launch of an exciting new collaboration with The Choir of Westminster Abbey—the pinnacle of the premier league of the Church of England.
This first disc presents a sequence of music such as might be heard in the Abbey on Trinity Sunday. Opening with the Abbey bells summoning the faithful, we travel through the three principal services of the day—Matins, Eucharist and Evensong—in a blaze of glorious music and atmosphere.
Alongside such old chestnuts as Walton’s Jubilate and Stainer’s I saw the Lord, we have a new recording of Francis Grier’s astonishing Missa Trinitatis Sanctae—written for the Abbey choir in 1991—and a rare performance of Howells’s ‘Westminster Service’, the second of two settings of the Evening Canticles he made for the choir in the 1950s.
Full documentation is provided, and includes a history of music-making in the Abbey through the ages, and an introduction by The Very Reverend Dr Wesley Carr, Dean of Westminster.