"Baker entices some of the most wonderful singing from his choir here while Robert Quinney and Houssart positively revel in their virtuoso interplay. It almost goes without saying that Hyperion’s recording captures the full effect of Maxwell Davies’ astonishing writing" (Gramophone)
Martin Baker (conductor), Westminster Cathedral Choir, Robert Quinney (organ)
This new recording from Westminster Cathedral presents two of the most important new Mass settings of recent times. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has throughout his long composing career contributed several miniature sacred choral pieces to the repertory, but these new works represent his first foray into the heart of the liturgy.
The Mass for full choir and two organs is based on two plainchants for Whitsun, and is very much a contemporary successor to those great works of the Renaissance with which this choir has cemented so enviable a reputation around the world. Missa parvula, by contrast, is in the mould of Britten’s Missa brevis and is for unison upper voices. Upfront simplicity recalls the world of Duruflé, even of Solesmes, and we are reminded of Maxwell Davies’ long commitment to composing music suitable for children. Both Masses were composed for, and first performed by, The Choir of Westminster Cathedral.
Also included on this disc are the Two Latin Motets, ‘Dum complerentur’ and ‘Veni Sancte Spiritus’, composed to form part of the celebrations for Maxwell Davies’ seventieth birthday in 2004, and two extraordinary organ works again based on plainchant themes.
"Id recommend this CD, strongly, to any music-lover who is moved by the sound of a choir and organ in a cathedral setting." Fanfare, USA
Recording details: July 2003 Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom Produced by Mark Brown Engineered by Julian Millard Release date: May 2004 Total duration: 65 minutes 9 seconds
Missa parvula (Maxwell Davies) 1 Movement 1: Kyrie 2:42 2 Movement 2: Gloria 4:21 3 Movement 3: Credo 5:36 4 Movement 4: Sanctus & Benedictus 3:20 5 Movement 5: Agnus Dei 3:03
Mass (Maxwell Davies) 6 Movement 1: Kyrie 3:45 7 Movement 2: Gloria 8:08 8 Movement 3: Credo 5:10 9 Movement 4: Sanctus & Benedictus 3:51 10 Movement 5: Agnus Dei 4:27 11 Veni Creator Spiritus (Maxwell Davies) 6:30
Two Latin Motets (Maxwell Davies) 12 No 1: Dum complerentur 5:34 13 Reliqui domum meum (Maxwell Davies) 4:05
Two Latin Motets (Maxwell Davies) 14 No 2: Veni Sancte Spiritus 4:37