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Vexilla Regis: A sequence of music from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday


The Choir of Westminster Cathedral is world famous for its staple of plainsong and polyphony. The choir explores a wealth of music from this repertoire for the richest of liturgical seasons: Holy Week. Masterpieces of the Renaissance by William Byrd and Tomás Luis de Victoria are woven together with ancient Gregorian chants, including Pange lingua and Adoro te, and later penitential works by Anton Bruckner and Maurice Duruflé. Three of the Cathedral’s illustrious Masters of Music, all of whom have contributed to the Church’s treasury of liturgical music, are also represented. The sequence culminates in a setting of Saint John Henry Newman’s poem Praise to the Holiest in the height by Sir Richard Runciman Terry, the Cathedral’s pioneering Master of Music.

‘A really well-curated Easter pilgrimage; the singing is fine throughout, and so is the recording in Buckfast Abbey.’ (BBC Radio 3 Record Review)

‘Choir & Organ needs an extra five-star summa cum laude category for discs like this… [Westminster Cathedral Choir’s] journey through Holy Week demonstrates, as you would expect, their unique skill in singing Gregorian chant…combined with an aspiration towards musical perfection and beauty that is unerringly achieved. The same exquisite balance between musical and spiritual intention can be heard throughout the disc…’ (Choir & Organ)

‘As one would expect, all is sung with appropriate passion, dignified devotion, sublime intensity, and solemn beauty. This world-class and distinctive choir sounds as superb as ever.’ (Organists’ Review)

‘This is really rather special… This anthology, firmly rooted in the liturgy of Holy Week, presents a great cathedral choir fulfilling the very purpose for which it exists. Its special quality is owed in large part to the choir’s excellent singing of the Gregorian chant…and it was especially good to have some sung, and very well sung, by the boys alone… As I said, this CD is something special. Buy it!’ (Cathedral Music Magazine)

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