Pater Noster: A Choral Reflection on the Lord's Prayer
Built upon the individual verses of the Lord’s Prayer and beginning and ending in plainchant, this enterprising collection by the King’s Singers chooses settings of individual chants ranging over six centuries of Christian church music, a wonderful tribute to the Christian religion that its creed and teaching inspired so much that is unforgettably beautiful. The music of the most famous composers – Josquin, Palestrina, Byrd Lassus, Victoria and, especially, our very own Purcell – stands out. I was also especially impressed with the settings by the more modern musicians. Stravinsky’s Pater noster is a surprise (not what you might expect). John Tavener’s The Lord’s Prayer is very beautiful indeed, a real highlight. So is Charles Wood’s simple Oculi omnium. Duruflé’s Notre Père is wonderfully serene. But the delight of the set is Poulenc’s rich harmonies, both pure and smoochy, for The Prayers of St Francis of Assisi. I shan’t say more. Find out for yourselves what a rewarding CD this is, gloriously sung and perfectly recorded.