Duruflé Requiem Op 9
Vaughan WilliamsLord, thou hast been our refuge
MooreThree prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
HowellsTake him, earth, for cherishing
TavenerThe peace that surpasseth understanding
Christine Rice mezzo-soprano
Roderick Williams baritone
Robert Quinney organ
James O'Donnell conductor
Duruflé's Requiem Op 9 forms the centrepiece of this recording of remembrancetide music from the Choir of Westminster Abbey with Britten Sinfonia and soloists Christine Rice and Roderick Williams.
From the Burial of the Unknown Warrior on 11 November 1920 to the service marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in August 2014, the Abbey has been a focus of national remembrance and commemoration. This disc features music which has a special significance in this context, from Vaughan Williams' Lord, thou has been our refuge, written in the aftermath of the composer's wartime experience serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps, to John Tavener's anthem The peace that surpasseth understanding, commissioned for the service commemorating the passing of the World War One generation in 2009.
Hyperion CDA68020 (released October 2014)
"Poignant dignity suffuses the prayers of German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, executed by the Nazis in 1945. In settings by Philip Moore they become powerful testaments of faith in the darkest of times, sung brilliantly here by the Choir of Westminster Abbey" The Observer
"This disc offers a stimulating programme, beautifully performed and very well recorded. The choir is on excellent form and the soloists drawn from its ranks also deserve separate commendation, helping to make this a fine contribution to this year's remembrance observations." International Record Review
"James O'Donnell plumbs the essence of the music and extracts outstanding performances from all the singers and players in an imaginative programme" Choir and Organ