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Hymns Ancient & ModernNew Ref: CDG1287

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A favourite collection

A favourite collection of timeless Victorian favourites, all taken from an early edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, one of the most popular and influential hymnals.
 


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VespersNew Ref: CDG1282

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Timeless Music for Contemplation

Vespers is the ancient office of prayer, celebrated every evening throughout Christendom as the sun goes down. Here, in this beautiful and reflective recording, plainsong chants are sung in praise and contemplation and contrast with the magnificent organ works of Dupré and the splendour of choral music by David Bevan, John Sheppard and John Duggan. 


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Gregorian ChantNew Ref: CDG1278

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Calm music for mediation
Timeless sounds from an earlier age. Men's voices sing a selection of ancient plainchant to soothe the distractions of the modern age. Single lines of melody build up an almost hypnotic effect which calms and quiets the busy mind. The music is taken from some of the earliest-known settings of words used in the early centuries of the church.  


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Great Choral AnthemsNew Ref: CDG1275

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‘In quires and places where they sing here followeth the anthem.’
These words from the Book of Common Prayer used in the Anglican Church since 1662 have led to a huge amount of musical creativity over the succeeding centuries. The words occur in the order of service for Evensong, which is still today a daily service in many cathedrals and churches throughout Great Britain. If the choir is singing the service there is nearly always an anthem, a setting to music of words relevant to the time of day or the period in the Church’s year. This album presents a selection of these works taken mainly from the Victorian and Edwardian periods, a time which saw a particular explosion in musical composition for the church. 


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Bach Great Organ WorksNew Ref: CDG1273

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Johann Sebastian Bach, possibly the greatest composer ever to have lived, composed a huge amount of organ music, much of which has remained some of the best-known pieces of music of all time. Most of the music was written when Bach was a young man and it retains a dynamism and joy which has never been equalled. So here we have a selection of toccatas, fantasias, preludes and fugues played on a stunning original instrument from 1732. 


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Solace Ref: CDG1260

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Music for quiet meditation

Timeless plainsong from a medieval abbey centred around one of the most popular mass melodies, 'Cunctipotens genitor Deus'. The music was used for major feasts and church celebrations and its eternal beauty perfectly captures a need for calm and contemplation: solace indeed for those hours where peace is needed by the listener. 


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Kyrie Ref: CDG1180

33 tracks 72 min
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Music for Quiet Meditation

Timeless music from the early church, its rites and its rituals, creates an unhurried atmosphere of calm. Focusing on the Sarum Rite, vocal plainchant and instrumental music combine in a fine evocation in sound of the medieval world.
 


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Kyrie



Reflections Ref: CDG1257

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Thoughtful hymns & religious songs

A reflective and moving collection of hymns and other music with a religious theme. Organ, piano and harmonium accompany an intimate choir of singers who perform these favourite melodies with passion and sensitivity. This unique collection of inspiring hymns and songs is created to lift the spirit.
 


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Great Choral Classics Ref: CDG1251

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Sublime, magnificent church music by one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance. Often imitated, but never bettered, the calm grandeur of his motets for four, five, or even eight voices has inspired generations of listeners, who have sought out his music's mellifluous perfection. 


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Great Choral Classics



Requiem Ref: CDG1245

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'Rest eternal grant unto them…'

A subtle album of choral music in memory of our loved ones. Framed by movements from Victoria's and Nanini's eloquent sixteenth-century Requiem Masses, and music by William Byrd and Kuhnau, a series of beautiful and reflective choral pieces unfold including stunning new works by John Duggan based on poetry from World War I. Featuring Sospiri, one of Oxford's finest choirs.
 


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Great Organ Classics Ref: CDG1233

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Virtuoso sounds from the King of Instruments! Famous toccatas by Bach and Widor frame an album of fast and furious organ music interspersed with gentle melodies from great organists of the past. Martin Souter presents the magnificent organ of Winchester cathedral in a thrilling sonic spectacular. 


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Meditation Ref: CDG1026

22 tracks 71 min
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Ancient chant for quiet contemplation.

Restful sounds of timeless plainchant to soothe away the stresses of modern life. Music from long ago, from a less hurried age, when there was time to stand back and contemplate. 


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Songs from Sunday School Ref: CD511

20 tracks 60 min
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A collection of hymns and music which many will remember from Sunday school days. An album of warm, favourite songs of thoughtfulness and meditation from a more innocent age. Perfect to introduce the young to (or to remind the young at heart of) good quality music from the past. 


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Songs from Sunday School



Agnus Dei Ref: CDG1163

22 tracks 58 min
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Plainsong for meditation

An atmospheric medieval mass recorded by the men voices of Magdala, Oxford's finest early music choir. A sumptuous sound bringing the inner peace of this timeless music - Gregorian chant - which formed the bedrock of the liturgy of the early church and whose calm intensity still speaks to us with equal clarity today.
 


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Agnus Dei



Hymns for All Seasons Ref: CDG1121

20 tracks 61 min
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A selection of hymns for the church's year, from Advent to Trinity, recorded in the churches and chapels of Oxford. A glorious celebration of an English tradition, with reminders of old favourites from times past, and some familiar and heart-warming tunes and words. 


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Sacred: Music for the Christian Faith Ref: CDG1177

16 tracks 64 min
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Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Saint Paul: Letter to the Colossians
 


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Music for a Country Church Ref: CDG1050

17 tracks 62 min
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A country church in summer, surrounded by a lovely churchyard - an atmosphere for contemplation, and quiet thought. Quiet songs and slow themes create an opportunity for reflection and for time to stand still for just a moment. 


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Music for a Country Church



Evensong Ref: CDG1150

20 tracks 57 min
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A meditation for the close of the day

The timeless liturgy of the Anglican church has produced a wonderful tradition of Evensong. This album captures beautiful choral music by Bernard Rose, one of the twentieth century's most brilliant exponents of this special art form, with bible readings by Margaret Howard. Around 50 minutes.
 


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Music for Great Cathedrals Ref: CDG1051

13 tracks 58 min
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The soaring sounds of choral music

Soaring anthems and motets from the golden age of English choral music, by Byrd, Taverner, Gibbons, Tallis and others, composed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to be sung in the glorious acoustics of Britain's greatest cathedrals and churches. 


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Great Renaissance Church Music Ref: CDG1164

13 tracks 60 min
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Palestrina

Sublime, magnificent church music by one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance. Often imitated, but never bettered, the calm grandeur of his motets for four, five, or even eight voices has inspired generations of listeners, who have sought out his music's mellifluous perfection. Recorded by Magdala in sumptuous Oxford acoustics, this album is a sonic and musical delight. 


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Great Renaissance Church Music



In Ages Past Ref: CDG1162

23 tracks 53 min
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A new collection of favourite hymns ancient & modern

A further 'Gift of Music' selection of timeless Victorian favourites, all taken from an early edition of 'Hymns Ancient & Modern', one of the most popuar and influential hymnals. 


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In Ages Past



Magnificat Ref: CDG1216

7 tracks, 59 min
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Beautiful choral music

This programme of beautiful and elaborate sixteenth-century choral music from across Europe was inspired by the music collection of a French ambassador to the court of Henry VIII. It features magnificent music by some of the greatest musical names of the age, recorded in Italy in a rich and resonant acoustic.
 


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Magnificat



Sanctus Ref: CDG1107

16 tracks 60 min
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Music for quiet contemplation

Haunting and evocative words and music that bring us echoes from the world of the monks of Lindisfarne, the Saxon monastery on Holy Island off Northumbria, with early English church music and Northumbrian pipes. 


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Sanctus



Voices of Tranquillity Ref: CDG1120

16 tracks 56 min
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Music for the Sherborne Missal

A meditative album of music linked to the Sherborne missal, an important manuscript associated with Sherborne Abbey which celebrates its 1300th anniversary in 2005. Sung by Magdala, Oxford's leading mixed-voice choir, it contains both gentle plainchant and magnificent full-bodied choral music. 


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In Pastures Green Ref: CDG1092

19 tracks 60 min
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A meditation in psalms, poems and music

A treasury of favourite psalms, poetry and music, from the immortal 23rd psalm to Thomas Hardy's poignant evocations of English country churches, complemented by music such as Vaughan Williams' magnificent 'Tallis' fantasia. 


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In Pastures Green



All Things Bright & Beautiful Ref: CDG1027

22 tracks 68 min
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Favourite hymns from Sunday school days. The choice of cheerful and uplifting hymns is reassuringly traditional and includes many which will be remembered from occasions such as weddings and christenings. A good album to accompany CDG1030, Music for a Church Wedding. 


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