Portsmouth Cathedral Choir: The Echo of Angels


A collection of plainsong and chant, performed by Portsmouth Cathedral Choir and David Price.

About this release

“He Who Sings Prays Twice”, so said St Augustine of Hippo.

The music of Gregorian Chant or plainsong is the Church’s most ancient form of chanted prayer, and perhaps its most haunting and beautiful. It can transport, delight and transform. This recording is a snapshot of how plainsong is used at Portsmouth Cathedral, from the simplest of psalms sung at weekday Evensong, a great hymn marking a major Feast Day such as Veni Creator for Pentecost, or through its use in simple motets as set here by the Cathedral’s Director of Music, David Price.

  • Advent prose - arr. Stephen Cleobury
  • Hodie Christus natus est - arr. Benjamin Britten
  • Verbum infans - arr. David Price
  • Echo carol - arr. David Price
  • Psalm 85 - 7th tone, 7th ending
  • Missa de Angelis: Kyrie - arr. Adrian Lucas
  • Missa de Angelis: Gloria - arr. Adrian Lucas
  • Missa de Angelis: Sanctus & Benedictus - arr. Adrian Lucas
  • Missa de Angelis: Agnus Dei - arr. Adrian Lucas
  • Psalm 42 - 3rd tone, 4th ending
  • Lent prose - arr. John Scott
  • Veni Creator Spiritus - trad. chant
  • Missa Deus genitor alme: Kyrie - trad.
  • Missa Deus genitor alme: Sanctus & Benedictus - trad.
  • Missa Deus genitor alme: Agnus Dei - trad.
  • Benedictus - arr. David Price
  • Adoro te devote - arr. David Price
  • Organ Meditation on Adoro te devote - Arthur Wills
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Production Credits

Photography Various
Engineering Adaq Khan, Kevin Hodgson
Mastering Adaq Khan
Producer Sam Gladstone
Programme Editorial David & Kitty Price
Creative Director John Bevan
Executive Producer Adrian Green

Recorded March, 2014
Venue Portsmouth Cathedral
Total Duration 59 mins
Catalogue number CR025