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Evensong For Ash Wednesday / Roy Goodman, David Willcocks, King’s College Cambridge Choir

Goodman,Roy / Willcocks,David
Release Date: 05/31/2011 
Label:  Eloquence   Catalog #: 4802075   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gregorio AllegriMatthew CamidgeHenry PurcellRichard Farrant,   ... 
Performer:  Roy Goodman
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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EVENSONG FOR ASH WEDNESDAY David Willcocks, cond; Ch of King’s College Cambridge; Roy Goodman (tr) DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2075 (45:23)


When this first appeared as Argo ZRG 5365, I passed it up, but the final selection on the program took on a life of its own. Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere was reissued as a single and I found a copy of Argo ZFA 111 at 45 rpm in a London shop. It has also appeared on at least four CDs, the first of which came this way as filler on a disc of Palestrina motets Read more made about the same time. It was not the first recorded version; there were five earlier ones, of which I have a Regensburg version, but I think it was the first to offer the embellishments that were fashioned by Boris Ord in 20th-century England, coming to be regarded as the way the piece should be done. There are countless recordings (I know of more than 40), including a new one in the non-embellished tradition reviewed this month, but I know only one other (Barry Rose on a Guild LP) that was sung in English.


In the meantime, Roy Goodman, who was picked out of the choir more or less by chance to sing the solo, grew up and became a conductor of some achievement, but always fending off the question, “Are you the Roy Goodman?” Now the original Ash Wednesday service has appeared on CD for the first time, but the focus is on Goodman, who (in the pattern of these Eloquence reissues) writes a reminiscence of his involvement, bringing along some charming contemporary snapshots. Eloquence has hit on a reissue scheme that seems to be unique, looking back from the reissue to the original with a historical eye. Usually a reissued recording is treated objectively, as something timeless. (Archival tapes issued for the first time are different, usually coming in for some comparison with an artist’s known work.)


The rest of the service gets short shrift, ignored in the notes (only the English Miserere text is printed). The psalms are by Matthew Camidge, the canticles are by Thomas Caustun, and some short bits of Richard Farrant, Byrd, and Purcell are included. Most unexpected is the Lenten responsory Attende Domine , sung in English to its neo-Gallican chant melody and rendered as a very quick solo. The readings are included, as Argo usually did in these services, notably Willcocks reading the parable of the prodigal son. This really was an inspired choice for reissue, more gratifying because the music does not call on the boys for the hooty tone that sometimes marred the King’s choir in that period. This is Eloquence at its most eloquent.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Miserere mei Deus: Miserere mei by Gregorio Allegri
Performer:  Roy Goodman (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1963 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge 
Length: 11 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Psalm 143 "Hear my prayer, o Lord" by Matthew Camidge
Performer:  Roy Goodman (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
3.
Psalm 130 "De profondis" by Matthew Camidge
Performer:  Roy Goodman (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
4.
Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z 15 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Roy Goodman (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680-1682; England 
5.
Hide not thou thy face by Richard Farrant
Performer:  Roy Goodman (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
6.
Evening Service for four voices: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Thomas Causton
Performer:  Roy Goodman (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
7.
Third Preces and Responses by William Byrd
Performer:  Roy Goodman (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
8.
The Lesser Litany by William Byrd
Performer:  Roy Goodman (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
9.
Versicles and Responses by William Byrd
Performer:  Roy Goodman (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir

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