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Winchester is fortunate in possessing two groups of singing-boys of outstanding ability, both now educated together at the Pilgrims School in the Cathedral Close.
The Cathedral Choristers and the College Quiristers (the name is an archaic form of chorister) trace their origins back to the days of William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester from 1367 to 1404. This is the first time that the two groups have sung together in a trebles-only recording.
The music for this recording has been chosen from the Choristers and Quiristers wide repertoire of anthems for treble voices. In view of the dedication of Winchester College to the Blessed Virgin, and the Cathedral Choristers medieval duty of singing Marian antiphons at William of Wykehams chantry, it is appropriate that nearly one third of the pieces should be in praise of Mary.
|1||3:45||Panis angelicus||Cesar Franck|
|2||02:45||An Old Carol||Roger Quilter|
|3||04:59||King of glory||William Harris|
|4||03:35||Ave Maria||Cesar Franck|
|5||05:35||Jesu, joy of man’s desiring||Johann Sebastian Bach|
|6||02:59||Bist du bei mir||Johann Sebastian Bach|
|7||04:15||Easter Hymn||Pietro Mascagni|
|8||02:16||Lift thine eyes||Felix Mendelssohn|
|9||02:44||Ave Maria based on Bach’s Prelude in C||Charles Gounod|
|10||02:51||I sing of a maiden||Patrick Hadley|
|11||03:23||O mysterium ineffabile||Jean Francais Lallouette|
|12||03:13||Pie Jesu||Gabriel Faure|
|13||05:26||The Lord is my shepherd||Franz Schubert|
|14||03:36||Ave verum corpus||Gabriel Faure|
|15||02:57||Abends will ich schlafen gehn||Engelbert Humperdinck|