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Lumen Christi: A sequence of music for the Easter Vigil

The Choir of Westminster Cathedral is the crowning jewel of Catholic church music and has been at the forefront of English sacred music since its foundation in 1901. This new disc draws us into the mystery of the Paschal Vigil, the very apex of the Church’s liturgical year, transporting us on a journey from darkness into light through a sequence of plainsong and polyphony. It is the first album under the choir’s current director, Simon Johnson, picking up where Vexilla Regis (AF002) left off, and immerses the listener in the Cathedral’s own unique treasury of liturgical music, including compositions crafted by its former musicians, as well as repertoire at the heart of the choir’s work, represented here in polyphony by Victoria, Monteverdi and L’Héritier’s glorious Surrexit pastor bonus.

Released Friday 22nd March. Available to pre-order now.


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Track List

1

Gregorian Chant

Lumen Christi

0:37

2

Gregorian Chant

Exsultet

7:24

3

Orlando de Lassus

Iubilate Deo

1:44

4

Andrew Reid

Exodus Canticle

2:57

5

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Laudate Dominum

3:41

6

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Sicut cervus

3:42

7

Claudio Monteverdi

Gloria (Missa Ave Domine Iesu Christe)

5:28

8

Gregorian Chant

Solemn Alleluia: Confitemini Domino

3:30

9

Gregorian Chant

Litany of the Saints

3:27

10

Matthew Martin

Vidi aquam

3:58

11

Jean L’Héritier

Surrexit pastor bonus

5:20

12

Gregorian Chant

Sanctus (Mass I)

1:33

13

Gregorian Chant

Agnus Dei (Mass I)

1:45

14

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Angelus Domini descendit

8:33

15

Gregorian Chant

Communio: Alleluia (Psalm 117)

6:27

16

Gregorian Chant

Pontifical Blessing & Dismissal

1:28

17

Martin Baker

O filii et filiæ

4:32

18

Jean Langlais

Incantation pour un jour saint

5:30