Performers: Andrew Parrott (celebrant), David Thomas (deacon), John Milne (subdeacon); Taverner Consort (polyphony): Rogers Covey-Crump, Andrew Parrott, Paul Hillier, Simon Grant; Taverner Choir (plainchant): Jeremy Birchall, Kevin Breen, Harvey Brough, Stephen Charlesworth, John Dudley, John Milne, Howard Milner, Nicolas Robertson, Bruce Russell, Richard Wistreich; bells: Robert Howes, Hugh Keyte, John Holderness
Playing time: 50'
Recording site and date:
Temple Church, London, UK [01-02/1983];
Rel.: 1984 (LP), 1987 (CD-EMI), 1997 (Virgin)
The polyphonic Ordinary is sung one-to-a-part by two tenors & two basses, while the plainchant is intoned by a larger choir. The tuning is Pythagorean. The Propers used is that for the High Mass for the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, 14th century Rheims Cathedral, including recitations of the celebrant & deacons. The bells are used basically as punctuation to the recitations in a few points.
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