(featuring the Choir of King’s College, at Cambridge, directed by Boris Ord, and accompanied by organist Eric Fletcher, this is a mixture of the Choir singing Easter Carols, and spoken word)
It includes pieces by Thomas Tomkins, the organist at Worcester Cathedral for fifty years (1596-1646), including both his “Preces” and “Responses”. Meanwhile, “Anthem : Haec Dies” is by Tomkins’ great contemporary, William Byrd.
Some scholars have attributed “Te Deum”’s origins to Nicetas, a 5C Bishop of a region now part of Yugoslavia ; others assign at least the first section of it to the end of the 3C ... The version sung on this recording, is arranged by Herbert Howells, and is as unmistakably English as the work of the legendary Ralph Vaughan Williams.
“Our Father” (The Lord’s Prayer) is sung in the setting by Robert Stone, a Devonian born in 1516, who was closely-connected with Exeter Cathedral, in the earlier stages of his life.
The Service ends with Hymn 134 in the English Hymnal, sung to the tune by H J Gauntlett, and the very effective descant in the last verse was composed by Dr Alan Gray, the organist of Trinity College, Cambridge, for nearly forty years, from the late 19C, to the Mid 1930s.
Side One : "An Easter Matins" - beginning :-
1) Easter Carol : This Joyful Eastertide (Dutch tune arr. Mowbray) 2) Sentences : The Chaplain of King’s College 3) Preces (comp. By Tomkins) 4)Easter Anthems 5) Proper Psalm CXI 6) First Lesson : Exodus XII 1-14, read by Roger Prior 7) Te Deum (3C/5C arr. Howells).
Side Two : "Easter Matins" - conclusion :-
1) Second Lesson : Revelations I 1-18 : Dean of King’s College 2) Jubilate (arr. Howells) 3) Creed 4) Responses (comp. By Tomkins) 5) Our Father (arr. Stone) 6) Collects 7) Anthem : Haec Dies (comp. By Byrd) 8) Prayers : Dean of King’s College 9) Hymn 134 (arr. Gauntlett/Gray).
Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record/sleeve) EX-/EX.
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