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PARSONS, R.: First Great Service / Responds for the Dead


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PARSONS, R.: First Great Service / Responds for the Dead

This recording aims to provide Robert Parsons, who died tragically in his forties, with a memorial service he never received and aid his return to a place alongside the greatest English Renaissance composers. Movements from the First Great Service, scored for two antiphonal choirs, provide the core of this ‘remembrance service’ for Robert Parsons. In scale and polyphonic grandeur the work maintains the old Catholic tradition, while making use of the new Protestant liturgy with its revolutionary setting of the 1549 English texts. Interspersed between movements of the First Great Service are a number of pieces taken from the Responds for the Dead, set to Latin texts. The Magnificat, which opens this recording, is the largest-scale single work that Parsons wrote.

Parsons, Robert
Mass Text, lyricist(s)

1.   Magnificat 00:14:35
  First Great Service: Venite - Te Deum
2.   Venite 00:05:21
3.   Te Deum 00:08:08
  Responds for the Dead: Peccantem me, quotidie
4.   Responds for the Dead: Peccantem me, quotidie 00:04:14
  First Great Service: Benedictus
5.   First Great Service: Benedictus 00:08:02
  Responds for the Dead: Libera me, Domine
6.   Responds for the Dead: Libera me, Domine 00:06:45
  First Great Service: Creed
7.   First Great Service: Creed 00:05:36
  Responds for the Dead: Credo quod redemptor
8.   Responds for the Dead: Credo quod redemptor 00:03:28
  First Great Service: Magnificat - Nunc dimittis
9.   Magnificat 00:05:17
10.   Nunc dimittis 00:02:44

Parsons, Robert
Bible - New Testament, lyricist(s)

  Ave Maria
11.   Ave Maria 00:05:36

Total Playing Time: 01:09:46

Parsons, Robert

Bible - New Testament; Mass Text

Smith, Barnaby

Voces Cantabiles

Label: Naxos

Genre: Choral - Sacred

Period: Renaissance

Catalogue No: 8.570451

Barcode: 0747313045174

Physical Release: 12/2007

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