Are there any particular anthems that you've noticed taken at very different speeds in different places? How fast do you take them yourself?
Are there any anthems that you choose to take at a different speed to what might be regarded as typical?
I noticed the other day that the three recordings I have of the Lotti Crucifixus are quite different. New College Oxford comes in at 2:57, Westminster Cathedral at 3:34 and St Paul's Cathedral at 4:05. So, out of idle curiosity, I timed it during rehearsal today and reckon it ran about 3:45. During Evensong we brought it in at around 2:50. (I know, I shouldn't have been timing it during the service!)
A quick poke around iTunes shows Victoria 'O Magnum Mysterium' at both 2:31 and 4:01, while Byrd 'Ave Verum' is rather more consistent at 4:22, 4:33 and 4:41, as is Tallis 'If ye love me' at 2:17 and 2:28.
Parry 'I was glad' comes in at anything from 4:41 to 7:43. Wesley 'Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace' seems to have two distinct schools of thought, with run times of 3:45, 3:46, 4:12 and 4:18.
Anyone got any recordings of anything that you think are a lot slower or faster than average? Or ones where several different places take something at more or less the same speed?
I'd be interested to see which things have the most and least variation in run times.