Tenebrae Responsaries

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Faithful Cross (1,401.16 kb)
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Missa brevis no.13 in G Minor, Holy Cross (1,402.38 kb)
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SKU: CD-VC 45260
Call Number: CD 352
Organization: Choirs of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Toronto
Media Type: CD
Year of Release: 2012
Record Label: Virgin Records / EMI

"Healey Willan is largely responsible for a strong tradition that is still intact three-quarters of a century after he established it - despite the extensive liturgical change that has taken place since the 1960's.

"One remembers the rolling chords and irresistible rhythm of Dr. Willan's hymn accompaniments. He had very little truck with mixture stops, but he had a liking for broad diapason tone and used a sixteen-foot manual tone with thirty-two-foot pedal tone to produce a grand, rich sound in the reverberant acoustics of the church.

"The musical heritage of St. Mary Magdalene's has made it a place of pilgrimage. Parishioners and visitors come from all over Toronto and from many kilometres beyond. People flock to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and to the services of Holy Week, especially Tenebrae. Hardly a Sunday goes by when there is not a visitor from the United States, Great Britain, or elsewhere in Canada. It is remarkable, too, that a smallish church in an obscure location has produced and nurtured so many clergy and musicians." - Robert Hunter Bell, director of music at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene from 1975 to 1996.

1-3. Missas brevis no 13 in G minor, Holy Cross

4-6. Missa brevis no 2 in F minor

7-9. Missa brevis no 5 in F sharp minor

10. Now is the healing time decreed (plainsong)

11-15. Tenebrae of Maundy Thursday

16. The royal banners forward go (plainsong)

17-21. Tenebrae of Good Friday

22. Faithful Cross

23-27. Tenebrae of Holy Saturday

28-30. Missa brevis no 7 in G minor, O westron wynde

31-33. Missa brevis no 8 in D minor, SS Philippi et Jacobi

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