Simon Preston & Christ Church Cathedral Choir: Complete Argo & L’Oiseau-Lyre Recordings | Decca 4852118

Simon Preston & Christ Church Cathedral Choir: Complete Argo & L’Oiseau-Lyre Recordings

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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4852118

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 19

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 13th January 2023

Contents

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Der Gerechte kommt um (motet)
Magnificat in E flat major, BWV243a

Brahms, Johannes

Geistliches Lied, op.30

Bruckner, Anton

Ave Maria, WAB6
Locus iste, WAB23
Virga Jesse floruit, WAB52

Byrd, William

Mass for five voices
Mass for four voices

Dvorak, Antonin

Mass in D major, op.86, B175

Elgar, Edward

Give unto the Lord, op.74

Faure, Gabriel

Ave verum Corpus

Handel, George Frideric

Foundling Hospital Anthem, HWV268
Israel in Egypt, HWV54
Messiah, HWV56
Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne 'Eternal source of light divine', HWV74
Utrecht Jubilate, HWV279
Utrecht Te Deum, HWV278

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Mass in C major, Hob.XXII:5 'Cacilienmesse'
Mass in E flat major, Hob.XXII:4 'Grosse Orgelsolomesse'
Mass in F major, Hob.XXII:1 'Missa Brevis'
Mass in G major, Hob.XXII:3 'Rorate coeli desuper'
Mass in G major, Hob.XXII:6 'Missa Sancti Nicolai', 'Nicolaimesse'

Kalinnikov, Vasily

I will love Thee, O Lord

Lasso, Orlando di

Alma Redemptoris Mater
Missa Bell' amfritit' altera
Omnes de Saba venient
Penitenial Psalms (7)
» no.5: Psalm 102 - Domine exaudi orationem meam et clamor meus ad te veniat
» no.7: Psalm 143 - Domine exaudi orationem meam auribus percipe obsecrationem meam
Salve Regina
Tui sunt coeli

Poulenc, Francis

Motets (4) pour le temps de Noel
Motets (4) pour un temps de penitence, FP97

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Hymn of the Cherubim

Stravinsky, Igor

Canticum Sacrum
Credo
Mass
Symphony of Psalms

Verdi, Giuseppe

Pater noster
Pezzi sacri (4)
» I Ave Maria

Vivaldi, Antonio

Gloria in D major, RV589
Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV630

Walton, William

A Litany: Drop, drop, slow tears
All this time
Jubilate Deo
Make we joy now in this fest
Missa Brevis
Set me as a seal upon thine heart
The Twelve
What cheer?
Where does the uttered music go?

Artists

Elizabeth Gale (soprano)
Emma Kirkby (soprano)
Judith Nelson (soprano)
Lilian Watson (soprano)
Gareth Hayward (treble)
Nicholas Jones (treble)
Shirley Minty (mezzo-soprano)
Carolyn Watkinson (mezzo-soprano)
James Bowman (countertenor)
Charles Brett (countertenor)
Andrew Giles (countertenor)
Alan Byers (tenor)
Philip Cave (tenor)
Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)
Paul Elliott (tenor)
Martyn Hill (tenor)
Arthur Lindley (tenor)
Ian Partridge (tenor)
Neil Ritchie (tenor)
David Roy (tenor)
Mark Rowlinson (baritone)
Peter Herron (bass)
Tom McDonnell (bass)
Robert Morton (bass)
David Thomas (bass)
Alan Watt (bass)
Nicholas Cleobury (organ)
Stephen Darlington (organ)
Simon Preston (organ)
Colin Walsh (organ)
The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Academy of Ancient Music
English Chamber Orchestra
London Sinfonietta
Philip Jones Ensemble

Conductors

Simon Preston
Christopher Hogwood

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Der Gerechte kommt um (motet)
Magnificat in E flat major, BWV243a

Brahms, Johannes

Geistliches Lied, op.30

Bruckner, Anton

Ave Maria, WAB6
Locus iste, WAB23
Virga Jesse floruit, WAB52

Byrd, William

Mass for five voices
Mass for four voices

Dvorak, Antonin

Mass in D major, op.86, B175

Elgar, Edward

Give unto the Lord, op.74

Faure, Gabriel

Ave verum Corpus

Handel, George Frideric

Foundling Hospital Anthem, HWV268
Israel in Egypt, HWV54
Messiah, HWV56
Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne 'Eternal source of light divine', HWV74
Utrecht Jubilate, HWV279
Utrecht Te Deum, HWV278

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Mass in C major, Hob.XXII:5 'Cacilienmesse'
Mass in E flat major, Hob.XXII:4 'Grosse Orgelsolomesse'
Mass in F major, Hob.XXII:1 'Missa Brevis'
Mass in G major, Hob.XXII:3 'Rorate coeli desuper'
Mass in G major, Hob.XXII:6 'Missa Sancti Nicolai', 'Nicolaimesse'

Kalinnikov, Vasily

I will love Thee, O Lord

Lasso, Orlando di

Alma Redemptoris Mater
Missa Bell' amfritit' altera
Omnes de Saba venient
Penitenial Psalms (7)
» no.5: Psalm 102 - Domine exaudi orationem meam et clamor meus ad te veniat
» no.7: Psalm 143 - Domine exaudi orationem meam auribus percipe obsecrationem meam
Salve Regina
Tui sunt coeli

Poulenc, Francis

Motets (4) pour le temps de Noel
Motets (4) pour un temps de penitence, FP97

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Hymn of the Cherubim

Stravinsky, Igor

Canticum Sacrum
Credo
Mass
Symphony of Psalms

Verdi, Giuseppe

Pater noster
Pezzi sacri (4)
» I Ave Maria

Vivaldi, Antonio

Gloria in D major, RV589
Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV630

Walton, William

A Litany: Drop, drop, slow tears
All this time
Jubilate Deo
Make we joy now in this fest
Missa Brevis
Set me as a seal upon thine heart
The Twelve
What cheer?
Where does the uttered music go?

Artists

Elizabeth Gale (soprano)
Emma Kirkby (soprano)
Judith Nelson (soprano)
Lilian Watson (soprano)
Gareth Hayward (treble)
Nicholas Jones (treble)
Shirley Minty (mezzo-soprano)
Carolyn Watkinson (mezzo-soprano)
James Bowman (countertenor)
Charles Brett (countertenor)
Andrew Giles (countertenor)
Alan Byers (tenor)
Philip Cave (tenor)
Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)
Paul Elliott (tenor)
Martyn Hill (tenor)
Arthur Lindley (tenor)
Ian Partridge (tenor)
Neil Ritchie (tenor)
David Roy (tenor)
Mark Rowlinson (baritone)
Peter Herron (bass)
Tom McDonnell (bass)
Robert Morton (bass)
David Thomas (bass)
Alan Watt (bass)
Nicholas Cleobury (organ)
Stephen Darlington (organ)
Simon Preston (organ)
Colin Walsh (organ)
The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Academy of Ancient Music
English Chamber Orchestra
London Sinfonietta
Philip Jones Ensemble

Conductors

Simon Preston
Christopher Hogwood

About

Organist, conductor, composer and choir master, Simon Preston, was – and is – admired as one of the most important musicians of his generation, who with unstinting energy and an insatiable demand for high standards, reinvigorated the English choral tradition setting unprecedented standards of excellence. “During a singularly distinguish career he established himself not only as one of the great organists of the 20th century, but also as one of the most illustrious musicians in the history of English cathedral music,” wrote musician and writer Mark Buxton when he interviewed Simon on the occasion of his 50th birthday. He joined the hallowed choir of King’s College, Cambridge, at age 11 under Boris Ord, and would later take up the position of organ scholar at King’s as an undergraduate in 1958 under Sir David Willcocks. Willcocks was a huge influence, with his meticulous and rigorous approach to practice and insistence on perfection in performance which can be seen throughout Preston’s career.

When he took his first post at Westminster Abbey, in 1962, he was said to be the youngest organist at the royal church since Henry Purcell, three centuries earlier. After briefly covering for Peter Hurford as Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral in 1968, he took charge of the choir at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford in 1970; he also lectured at the university. He brought out a fervent, firm tone and an impressive agility in the choir of Christ Church – just as he would when he later returned to Westminster Abbey, before concentrating on a career as an international concert and recording artist.

When he arrived at Christ Church, Preston was very much the “new broom”. His intelligence and erudition as a scholar together with his innate superhuman energy revitalised the choir with a verve not often apparent in the genteel world of English cathedral music and it was not long before there was an ambition to make recordings, the first of which was of Walton’s music. With a judicious choice of repertory, the subsequent discs garnered excellent reviews and the cathedral choir began to be recognised as one of the finest collegiate choirs.

Together they set down acclaimed accounts – often with the period instrument specialists of the English Concert and the Academy of Ancient Music – of composers from Haydn back to Handel and Purcell, and beyond to Lassus and Palestrina. The discs in this set – their complete recordings on the Argo and L’Oiseau-Lyre labels – are testimony to Preston’s remarkable achievements there.

- Collected here in one edition are the complete Argo and L’Oiseau-Lyre recordings of Simon Preston conducting the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

- 19 CDs in original jackets

- Highlights include acclaimed accounts of composers from Haydn back to Handel and Purcell, and beyond to Lassus and Palestrina

- The recordings are accompanied by a 32-page book with new notes by conductor, choirmaster and composer Ronald Corp, who was a chorister under Preston

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