The Choir of Westminster Abbey
Robert Quinney organ
James O'Donnell conductor

This 2009 recording from The Choir of Westminster Abbey presents music likely to have been sung by – and in some cases, almost certain to have been written for – the Abbey Choir during the late 1670s and early 1680s. The triumphant mood of the Restoration required much glorious liturgical music, and the Abbey was home to some of the greatest composers and performers of the age. On this disc the Abbey Choir sings four canticles from the compendious Service in B flat by Henry Purcell, together with psalmody in reconstructed contemporary style, and anthems and motets by Purcell and his contemporary John Blow, who famously both preceded and succeeded Purcell as Organist of the Abbey.

CDA67792

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