Will Todd: Passion Music & Jazz Missa Brevis (CD)

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Will Todd has established himself as one of the UK’s most popular choral composers. His anthem, The Call of Wisdom, was performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations with a TV audience of 45 million people. His breakthrough work, Mass in Blue, has been performed hundreds of times all over the world.

Passion Music was commissioned for the choirs of St Martin-in-the-Fields and continues the fusion of jazz and choral music so successfully blended in Mass in Blue. The structure highlights different points in the Passion story, beginning with a new setting of ‘Greater love has no man’ and including an evocative Stabat Mater, a movement focusing on the seven last words of Christ, and a setting of ‘Were you there when they crucified my Lord?’.

The Jazz Missa Brevis gives new life to the sung Latin Mass texts in an accessible, short setting which embraces a variety of jazz styles, from the swinging jazz waltz Kyrie to the up-beat Latin-groove Gloria. The smooth jazz ballad Sanctus, 7/8 Benedictus and soulful Agnus Dei complete this inspiring Mass setting.

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Passion Music
1. I. Greater Love
2. II. We Believe
3. III. A New Commandment
4. IV. Love Unknown
5. V. Stabat Mater
6. VI. The Seven Last Words From The Cross
7. VII. My Love Has Died For Me
8. VIII. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
9. IX. Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?

10. God So Loved The World

11. I Am Changed

Jazz Missa Brevis
12. I. Kyrie
13. II. Gloria
14. III. Sanctus
15. IV. Benedictus
16. V. Agnus Dei

17. Tantum Ergo

18. What Sweeter Music