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The week from Palm Sunday to Easter Day is the most significant of the Christian year, for we commemorate with the Church the very crux of our faith that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died to redeem Mankind from our sins and then rose from the dead as a promise of eternal life to come.
So the Roman Catholic Church reserves for the Holy Week liturgy its most solemn austerity, its richest symbolism, its most intense periods of meditation and its most splendid ceremonial as it relives the drama, violence, sorrow and joy of the Gospel narrative. Even though the Catholic liturgy has been considerably revised since the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, the broad outlines of the great ancient Holy Week liturgies largely remain.
So it is still possible as long the liturgy is performed in a traditional manner to experience the spiritual profundity and emotional intensity of the centuries-old interaction of the ritual with the rich treasure-store of Catholic liturgical music. Patrick Russill combines the post of Director of Music of the London Oratory with that of Head of Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music where he is also a professor of organ.
In addition he is Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting at the Leipzig Hochschule f & uuml;r Musik und Theater and Chief Examiner of the Royal College of Organists. He studied as an organ scholar at New College, Oxford, and was appointed Organist of the Oratory in 1977, becoming Director of Music in 1999.
In 1987 he was invited by the Royal Academy of Music to found the first conservatoire Church Music department in the UK, which in 1997 developed into the UKs first specialist postgraduate Choral Conducting course. He is now noted equally as choral conductor, organist, pedagogue and scholar.
|1||00:37||Palm Sunday – Pueri Hebraeorum||Gregorian Chant|
|2||02:21||Palm Sunday – Pueri Hebraeorum||Tomas Luis de Victoria|
|3||05:40||Palm Sunday – Vexilla Regis prodeunt||Thomas Wingham|
|4||02:44||Maunday Thursday – Christus factus est||Felice Anerio|
|5||02:25||Maunday Thursday – Ubi caritas||Maurice Durufle|
|6||03:56||Maunday Thursday – Tantum ergo (à 5)||Tomas Luis de Victoria|
|7||09:28||Good Friday – Improperia (Reproaches)||Tomas Luis de Victoria|
|8||06:46||Good Friday – Adoramus te Christe||Claudio Monteverdi|
|9||07:54||Good Friday – Crux fidelis||King John IV of portugal|
|10||05:01||Good Friday – Civitas sancti tui||William Byrd|
|11||02:29||Easter Vigil – Sicut cervus||G. P. da Palestrina|
|12||01:29||Easter Vigil – Vidi aquam||Gregorian Chant|
|13||06:14||Easter Vigil – Dum transisset sabbatum||John Taverner|
|14||01:45||Easter Day – Haec dies (à 6)||G. P. da Palestrina|
|15||01:42||Easter Day – Victimae paschali laudes||Gregorian Chant|
|16||04:06||Easter Day – Christus resurgens||Gregorio Allegri|
|17||04:51||Easter Day – Surrexit pastor bonus||Jean Lheritier|