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Exultate Deo

Poulenc / Choir Of Chapels Royal Hm Tower London
Release Date: 02/12/2013 
Label:  Lir Classics   Catalog #: 70026   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francis PoulencGiovanni PalestrinaKenneth LeightonCharles Hubert Parry,   ... 
Performer:  Andrew ArthurAlison HillSophie JonesElizabeth Drury,   ... 
Conductor:  Colm Carey
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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EXULTATE DEO Colm Carey, cond; Ch of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London; Andrew Arthur (org) LIR 026 (61:21 Text and Translation)


Music of POULENC, PALESTRINA, LEIGHTON, PARRY, PURCELL, MENDELSSOHN, CHILCOTT, WALFORD DAVIES, BYRD, SWEELINCK, RUTTER, HOWELLS


The Choir of the Chapels Royal is new to me, though it dates back to 1966, and the label formerly known as London International Records is also new to me. The choir Read more sings at St. Peter ad Vincula, built in 1520, and at the Norman-era chapel of St. John the Evangelist, both at the Tower of London. The choir, made up of 10 to 15 members, produces a real choral sound typical of larger choirs. The choir’s repertoire ranges across the centuries, including a Jubilate, written on commission by Herbert Howells in 1967, that concludes this program. All of the works on this program are settings of Psalms, though Mendelssohn’s Hear my prayer is a text derived from Psalm 55 (the numbering for this disc follows the Hebrew or King James system). This happens to be the longest piece on the disc.


The selections are in English except for Poulenc’s Exultate Deo , Palestrina’s Sicut cervus , Byrd’s Miserere mei of 1591, and Sweelinck’s Laudate Dominum . Apart from Parry’s familiar I was glad and the Mendelssohn, the rest form a refreshingly unhackneyed program. The organ accompanies five of the 13 pieces to fine effect. The singers may be comfortable with the contemporary English works, but they are equally adept at the Palestrina motet and Poulenc’s modern approach to the form. Colm Carey, who has directed the choir since 2004, is better known as an organist, but the choir responds keenly to his interpretations. This is a superior example of a miscellaneous choral collection on disc, recommended to anyone unfamiliar with this choir.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1. Exultate Deo by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Andrew Arthur (Organ)
Conductor:  Colm Carey
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; France 
Venue:  Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstea 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2. Sicut cervus by Giovanni Palestrina
Performer:  Andrew Arthur (Organ)
Conductor:  Colm Carey
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1581; Italy 
Venue:  Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstea 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3. Jubilate Deo "O be joyful in the Lord" by Kenneth Leighton
Performer:  Andrew Arthur (Organ)
Conductor:  Colm Carey
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstea 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
4. I was glad by Charles Hubert Parry
Performer:  Andrew Arthur (Organ)
Conductor:  Colm Carey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; England 
Venue:  Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstea 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
5. Songs (6) of Farewell: no 6, Lord, let me know mine end by Charles Hubert Parry
Performer:  Andrew Arthur (Organ)
Conductor:  Colm Carey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; England 
Venue:  Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstea 
Length: 9 Minutes 47 Secs. 
6. Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z 15 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Andrew Arthur (Organ)
Conductor:  Colm Carey
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680-1682; England 
Venue:  Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstea 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
7. Hear my prayer by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Alison Hill (), Sophie Jones (), Andrew Arthur (Organ),
Elizabeth Drury ()
Conductor:  Colm Carey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Venue:  Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstea 
Length: 11 Minutes 25 Secs. 
8. My Prayer, for 2 sopranos & double chorus by Robert Chilcott
Performer:  Andrew Arthur (Organ)
Conductor:  Colm Carey
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstea 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
9. Psalm 121 "I will lift up mine eyes" by Henry Walford Davies
Performer:  Sophie Jones (), Andrew Arthur (Organ), Graham [Tenor Vocal] Neal ()
Conductor:  Colm Carey
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Venue:  Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstea 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
10. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Andrew Arthur (Organ)
Conductor:  Colm Carey
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1619; Netherlands (Holland 
Venue:  Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstea 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
11. Requiem: The Lord is my Shepherd by John Rutter
Performer:  Andrew Arthur (Organ), Rachel Harwood-White (Oboe)
Conductor:  Colm Carey
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; England 
Venue:  Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstea 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
12. Jubilate Deo by Herbert Howells
Performer:  Andrew Arthur (Organ)
Conductor:  Colm Carey
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; England 
Venue:  Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstea 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
13. Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum: Miserere mei, Deus by William Byrd
Performer:  Andrew Arthur (Organ)
Conductor:  Colm Carey
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1591; England 
Venue:  Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstea 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 

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