Philip Stopford: O all ye works

As I’m sure you know by now I like the British composer Philip Stopford’s music very much. A few days ago he uploaded a video of Ecclesium singing his setting of  the first movement of  Benedicte – ‘O all ye works’ conducted by himself. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much I do.…

Francisco de Peñalosa (±1470-1528): Sacris Solemnis

This setting of Sacris solemnis is largely a reconstruction by Bruno Turner as only one verse of Peñalosa’s setting of  the Corpus Christi hymn is known to have survived. It’s an alternatim setting in which Peñalosa’s polyphony alternates with the catchy and popular Spanish melody for the hymn. Enjoy :-) mfi

Attr. John IV, King of Portugal (1604–56): Crux Fidelis

Crux Fidelis is the eight verse of the hymn beginning Pange lingua (‘Sing, my tongue’) by Saint Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus (c530-c609). It’s sung on Good Friday during the Adoration of the Cross, during Holy Week, and during feasts of the Church honouring The Cross. This setting which was first published in Paris in 1843–5…

Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): Jesu salvator saeculi

Tallis’ setting of the compline hymn Jesu salvator saeculi (Jesus, saviour of the age) is an alternim setting that alternates the chant and composed music retaining the cantus firmus in the top part. Under Sarum usage it would have been sung between low Sunday and Ascension it’s typical of the new style of hymnody pioneered…

Wesley: Praise the Lord, O My Soul — Choir of York Minster

The Choir of York Minster, under the direction of Robert Sharpe and accompanied by David Pipe, offer a live recording of Samuel Sebastian Wesley’s 1861 anthem ‘Praise the Lord, My Soul’ at the 16, July 2014 service of Choral Evensong. Wesley’s large-scale anthem for choir and organ, which concludes with the oft-excerpted ‘Lead Me, Lord,’…