The Hours //

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Release date: 
01/04/1997
Recording location: 
Recorded 20.09.96 and 18.10.96 at Gateway Studios, London
Recording date: 
Friday, October 18, 1996
Producer: 
Trevor Taylor
Recording engineer: 
Steve Lowe
  • 1. Exposition Of The Chants: Chant I (00:48)
  • 2. Exposition Of The Chants: Chant II (00:58)
  • 3. Exposition Of The Chants: Chant III (00:52)
  • 4. Exposition Of The Chants: Chant IV (00:49)
  • 5. Exposition Of The Chants: Chant V (00:55)
  • 6. Exposition Of The Chants: Chant VI (00:46)
  • 7. Exposition Of The Chants: Chant VII (00:40)
  • 8. Exposition Of The Chants: Chant VIII (Salve Regina) (01:54)
  • 9. The Hours: Part 1: Martins / Vigiliae (04:37)
  • 10. The Hours: Part 2: Lauds (06:03)
  • 11. The Hours: Part 3: Prime (06:09)
  • 12. The Hours: Part 4: Terce (09:01)
  • 13. The Hours: Part 5: Sext (06:15)
  • 14. The Hours: Part 6: Nones (04:14)
  • 15. The Hours: Part 7: Vespers (08:46)
  • 16. The Hours: Part 8: Compline (05:26)

John Law - piano

This completes John Law’s well received solo piano trilogy, like the previous recordings The Hours has been based on plainchant, this in particular from the Liber Usualis. "Finding common plainchants for the hours three and five and for the hours four and six I tried listening to the sound of each chant, to give each Hour a different feel/texture which I then explored in that movement; and I planned the textures so that they would give rise to a strong overall structure. In a way I planned the whole work as a composition though, in effect, almost all the actual detail was freely improvised" John Law