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The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King (usually known as Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral) is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool and the seat of the archbishop of Liverpool. Sometimes known locally as “Paddy’s Wigwam” or the “Mersey Funnel”, it is one of Liverpool’s many listed buildings.
The cathedral’s architect, Sir Frederick Gibberd (1908–84), was the winner of a worldwide design competition held in 1959. The two major requirements were for a congregation of 2,000 to be able to see the altar, in order that they could be more involved in the celebration of the Mass, and for the Lutyens crypt to be incorporated in the structure.
Gibberd achieved this by designing a circular building with the altar at its centre, and by transforming the roof of the crypt into an elevated platform, with the cathedral standing at one end. Work started in 1962 and the completed cathedral was consecrated less than five years later, on the feast of Pentecost 14 May 1967.
Historically, music has played an important part in the life of the Catholic Church, and since 1958 in
the Metropolitan Cathedral, when a choir of men’s voices to sing in the Crypt was formed by Canon Edward Murphy. In 1960 a boys’ choir was established under the direction of Christopher Symons
and amalgamated with the men’s choir. Since then music has been at the heart of the worship in the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Today, the Cathedral Music Department is responsible for providing music at ten services every week in term time, plus numerous extra services when called upon to mark a particular occasion. This work is shared between the Cathedral’s choirs and organists under the guidance of the Director of Music.
The Metropolitan Cathedral was the first Catholic cathedral in England to be consecrated after the Second Vatican Council, and its design and worship reflect the aggiornamento and ressourcement principles of the liturgical movement.
Aggiornamento, in the words of Pope John XXIII, called for an opening of the windows of the Church, something very much reflected in the Metropolitan Cathedral with its striking architecture and circular design. However, the move into the future was not without foundations: the ressourcement principle called for a return to the sources.
This CD attempts to reflect the flavour of this juxtaposition between the sources of Catholic music and creativity of post-reformation composers. One of the happy results of the Vatican Council was an increase in ecumenical sharings and cooperation: the items recorded on this CD draw not only from works by Catholic composers, but also Lutheran and Anglican.
|1||08:32||Ubi caritas et armor||Morten Laurisden|
|2||02:53||Salvator mundi I||Thomas Tallis|
|3||03:47||O sacrum convivium||Thomas tallis|
|4||03:11||God of mercy and compassion||Giovanni Battista Pergolesi|
|5||02:44||Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder BWV742||J. S. Bach|
|6||02:44||O sacred head, sore wounded||J. S. Bach|
|7||02:11||Herzlich tut mich verlangen BWV727||J. S. Bach|
|8||04:01||O vos omnes||Pablo Casals|
|9||07:30||Lamentations of Jeremiah part 1||Thomas Tallis|
|10||12:54||Lamentations of Jeremiah part 2||Thomas Tallis|
|11||03:55||Stabat mater dolorosa||Giovanni Battista Pergolesi|
|12||01:56||Tantum Ergo||Hendrik Andriessen|
|13||03:21||Crucifixus à 8||Antonio Lotti|
|14||03:31||Ex ore innocentium||John Ireland|
|15||03:31||My song is love unknown||John Ireland|