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  • Audio CD (Nov. 14 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: AUS-Import
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000I8OIGG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
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1. Gaude Et Laetare
2. Deus In Adiutorium
3. Psalm Antiphon
4. Dixit Dominus
5. Rex Pacificus Magnificatus Est
6. Organ Improvisation
7. Magnifcatus Est Rex Pacificus Super Omnes Reges Universae Terrae
8. Confitebor Tibi
9. Magnificatus Est Rex Pacificus
10. Organ Improvisation
11. Completi Sunt Dies Mariae, Ut Pareret Filium Suum Primogenitum
12. Beatus Vir
13. Completi Sunt Dies Mariae
14. Organ Improvisation
15. Psalm Antiphon
16. Laudate Pueri
17. Scitote Quia Prope Est Regnum Dei
18. Organ Improvisation
19. Levate Capitva Vestra: Ecce Apprpinquabit Redemptio Vestra
20. Laudate Dominum Omnes Gentes
See all 36 tracks on this disc

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Gaude & laetare - Deus in audiutorium - Rex pacificus / Matthew Martin, orgue - The Choir of Westminster Cathedral, dir. Martin Baker

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa717c654) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa71b1930) out of 5 stars Absolutely gorgeous! Nov. 24 2006
By D. Lamoureux - Published on Amazon.com
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The Westminster Cathedral Choir does consistently fine work: one can always depend on their precision, musicality and good taste. Their sound is bright and forward, more like a French choral sound than the usually darker English sound. The lush, reverberant acoustics of the cathedral are a joy, particularly when the organ is used.

This is such a beautiful CD; it was just released this month. Here is Roman Catholic liturgy at its finest. You can't listen to this prayerful music, so beautifully sung, and not lament the Church's widespread misunderstanding of the Vatican II liturgy directives, which stated that Gregorian chant, sacred polyphony and the use of the organ should continue to have "pride of place" in the reformed Roman liturgy. Instead, in our zeal to be contemporary, which is a legitimate concern, we have succeeded in cutting ourselves off from centuries of our tradition, and we are the poorer for it.

And so this recording is all the more precious. I think what I enjoy the most here is not the polyphonic motets, which are lovely but which can be found elsewhere. It's the chanted psalmody, especially since chant in the Liturgy of the Hours is relatively under-recorded, compared to the flowering of recordings of chant in the Mass. The beauty of Westminster's chant touches us, as it moves along at a reflective, unhurried pace. It's accompanied by the organ, which is not authentic, but for many of us it's a guilty pleasure, and it's very well done here. The organ also comments on the psalmody in brief improvisations which are a pleasure in themselves.

Five stars aren't really enough to give justice to this fine recording. I can't recommend it highly enough.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa74ace64) out of 5 stars Worth the price for the 'Christe redemptor omnium' alone Dec 25 2010
By Alcuin Reid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The choir of Westminster Cathedral righlty enjoy their reputation as world class liturgical musicians and their current Master, Martin Baker, has continued and augmented the tradition of musical and liturgical excellence for which his choir is renown.

This disk is not new, but revisiting it at Christmas each year is a pure joy. Whilst it is something of a liturgical melange between the older Roman rite of Vespers and the monastic rite, and is probably not a recording of Vespers as ever celebrated at Westminster Cathedral, it collects the finest elements of the tradition and and arranges them in a liturgical order - which makes for a beautiful CD exsquisitely rendered. Without doubt it is worth its price for the recording of the Christmas Vesper hymn 'Christe redemptor omnium' alone, but there is much here for those who love the chant and the liturgy.
HASH(0xa70f45ac) out of 5 stars Making a joyful noise to the Lord! Jan. 9 2011
By Mark the Lesser - Published on Amazon.com
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The Westminster Cathedral choir is renown & every recording I have of theirs seems better than the next. This collection of sung Vespers for Christmas is simply glorious. The mixture of mens' & boys' voices is outstanding, as is the mix of Gregorian chant with polyphonic music. The amazing pipe organ pieces were an unexpected bonus. A wonderful way to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord. I may give this as a Christmas gift to my fellow choristers next year.
HASH(0xa718ced0) out of 5 stars This is the antidote to all the secular holiday garbage out there, and it will be enjoyed for many, many Christmases to come. Nov. 12 2009
By Pete - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this sublime, spiritual, reverent, and beautiful recording of sacred Christmas music. If I live long enough to celebrate Christmas in the 22nd century, I will no doubt be still listening to this CD.
HASH(0xa733b474) out of 5 stars Westminster Cathedral Dec 19 2012
By Tim S. - Published on Amazon.com
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Once again the Westminster Cathedral Choir has done a superb job! I wish there were cathedral choirs like this in the US.