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30 May 2024
Lumen Christi: A sequence of music for the Easter Vigil

The Choir of Westminster Cathedral
Simon Johnson (conductor)
Peter Stevens (organ)

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 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


Gregorian Chant: Lumen Christi

Gregorian Chant: Fantasy on 2 Ukranian Themes

Orlando de Lassus: Dumka

Andrew Reid: Grand Duo concertant

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Intermezzo-March: Flibbertigibbets (Parade of the Little Elves)

Gregorian Chant: Sicut cervus

Gregorian Chant: Missa Ave Domine Iesu Christe

II. Gloria

Matthew Martin: Solemn Alleluia: Confitemini Domino

Jean L'Héritier: Litany of the Saints

Gregorian Chant: Vidi aquam

Gregorian Chant: Surrexit pastor bonus

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Mass I

IV. Sanctus

VI. Agnus Dei

Martin Baker: Angelus Domini descendit

Jean Langlais: Communio: Alleluia (Psalm 117)

Martin Baker: Pontifical Blessing & Dismissal

Jean Langlais: O filii et filiæ

Gregorian Chant: Poem

Recorded in Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK on 22nd May 2023 to 25th May 2023
Recording Production: Adrian Peacock
Recording Engineering: David Hinitt
Organ Maintenance: Gary Owens
Executive Producer: Matthew Searles
Total Duration: 71:00
Release Date: March 2024

AF012        View Booklet     UPC: 0781005622250

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