Choir of Westminster Cathedral
Robert Quinney, organ
'The stripped down sonorities of the Missa Parvula, with its unison vocal line threaded through clouds of organ chords, have a Gregorian austerity and a chaste coolness which the Westminster Cathedral performance catches authentically.'
Andrew Clements, BBC Music Magazine, 7/1/2004
'The lyrical directness of the Missa Parvula, wiht the final Agnus Dei sounding almost like a carol, is immediately attractive, touching in its simplicity. Maxwell Davies, with roots in medieval music, tends to avoid making the liturgy dramatic, so that even the Et Resurrexit in the Credo hardly stands out from the lyrical flow.'
Edward Greenfield, Guardian, 5/14/2004
'…Hyperion's recording captures the full effect of Maxwell Davies' astonishing writing. A revelatory disc for those keen to know what sort of 'establishment' music we might expect from the new Master of the Queen's Music.'
Marc Rochester, Gramophone, 7/1/2004
'…A lack of cliché ad conventional responses to the text is refreshing…the Gloria is a stormy, angular chorus of praise, with the two organs adding a sense of tremendous power held in reserve.'
Simon Heighes, International Record Review, 6/1/2004