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A Festival Of Psalms / Temple Church Choir

Bernstein / Byrd / Pryce / Morris
Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 279  
Composer:  Leonard BernsteinGregorio AllegriWilliam ByrdSamuel Sebastian Wesley,   ... 
Conductor:  James Vivian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple Church Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sally Pryce, harp
Greg Morris & Ian Le Grice, organ
Robert Millett, percussion
James Vivian, director

The Psalms of David are arguably the portion of the Old Testament that has been enfolded most completely within the Christian tradition and its liturgies. Their messages of strife and joy, prayer and praise, resonate strong and loud alongside the teachings of Jesus, and find special expression in musical settings. This disc is an exploration of all these themes, as interpreted by composers over the course of four and a half centuries – with music by Allegri, Bernstein, Byrd, Parry, Purcell and Wesley.

The Temple Church is one of the most historic and beautiful churches in
Read more London. Situated between Fleet Street and the Thames Embankment, its recorded musical history extends back to its restoration in 1841, although a church has stood on the site for over 800 years. This is Signum’s second disc with the choir, following 2010’s release of ‘The Majesty of Thy Glory’ (SIGCD225).

“Such enterprising and polished music-making deserves widespread currency. The engineering and editing are faultless, the booklet comprehensive and informative. Many choirs (and organists) could learn much from this jubilant release, which proves that the Temple Church Choir is among the very best. Strongly recommended.” The Gramophone Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  James Vivian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple Church Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
2.
Miserere mei Deus: Miserere mei by Gregorio Allegri
Conductor:  James Vivian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple Church Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
3.
Teach me, O Lord by William Byrd
Conductor:  James Vivian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple Church Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
4.
Ascribe unto the Lord by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Conductor:  James Vivian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple Church Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1852; England 
5.
Thy word is a lantern unto my feet, Z 61 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  James Vivian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple Church Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
6.
Hear my words, ye people by Charles Hubert Parry
Conductor:  James Vivian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple Church Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; England 

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