The Lay Clerks of Canterbury Cathedral Choir - Gregorian Chant from Canterbury Cathedral, for the feast of St Thomas of Canterbury.
EAC Rip | FLAC + CUE + LOG 249 MB | Cover (NO booklet scans)
Label: Metronome | Catalog Number: MET CD 1003-01 | Recorded: 22-24 March 1994 | Released: 1994
The Lay Clerks of Canterbury Cathedral Choir - David Flood (Master of the Choristers)
This ancient music, the beautiful chant and its fascinating monody bring to mind images of the cloistered activities of monks centuries ago: this disc, in particular, is performed by the descendants of those mediaeval monks in England.
The chants for the Mass, and the Office of Matins for St Thomas of Canterbury are taken from the Sarum rite - the liturgical format developed at Salisbury Cathedral, which became the, more-or-less, standard sung formula throughout the middle ages in England. St Thomas of Canterbury is, of course, England’s most important home-grown Saint, and therefore has a special resonance to the place of Canterbury. The performers here are the Lay Clerks of Canterbury Cathedral - the professional men of the cathedral choir.