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Conductus, Vol. 3

Conductus, Vol. 3

Music & poetry from thirteenth-century France


 

Fas et nefas

John Potter (tenor), Christopher O'Gorman (tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)

A globo veteri

Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)

Vite perdite

John Potter (tenor), Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)

A l'entrant del tans salvage

Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)

Per dan que d'amor mi veigna

John Potter (tenor)

O qui fontem gratie

John Potter (tenor), Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)

Transgressus legem Domini

John Potter (tenor), Christopher O'Gorman (tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)

Sede, Syon, in pulvere

Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)

Olim sudor Herculis

John Potter (tenor)

Eclypsim passus totiens

Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)

Homo, natus ad laborem

John Potter (tenor), Christopher O'Gorman (tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)


Conductus: John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman, Rogers Covey-Crump

Our trio of master-medievalist tenors presents a concluding instalment of Conductus, that most intimate form of music and poetry from thirteenth-century France.

“John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman and Rogers Covey-Crump once again endorse their awesome reputation as unchallenged singers of this repertory” Gramophone Magazine, April 2016

“11 examples of the apparently infinitely flexible medieval song form. When most pieces consist of only a single musical line, refinement and intimacy are the bywords of this set.” Sunday Times, 6th March 2016

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Conductus, Vol. 2

Conductus, Vol. 2

Music & poetry from thirteenth-century France


1. Bulla fulminante (unmeasured)

2. Ave, virga decoris incliti

3. Celorum porta

4. Quid ultra tibi facere

5. Gaude, virgo virginum

6. Veste nuptiali (unmeasured)

7. Ave, tuos benedic (two-part)

8. Ave Maria Salus hominum

9. Dic, Christi veritas (monophonic)

10. Ave, tuos benedic (three-part)

11. Excutere de pulvere

12. Librum clausum et signatum

13. Aurelianis civitas

14. Dic, Christi veritas (three-part)

15. Veste nuptiali (measured)

16. Naturas Deus regulis

17. Bulla fulminante (measured)


John Potter (tenor), Christopher O'Gorman (tenor) & Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)

A second volume of music from the Conductus repertory—the least-known genre of medieval music, the ‘poor relation’ of organum and motets—performed by three singers who combine expert knowledge of the music with voices of unearthly beauty. This album contains poems set to music from thirteenth-century England and France. The subjects range from straightforward exhortations to the Virgin Mary to criticisms of the Papal Curia and a depiction of the student riots in Orléans in 1236.

“spreading these different performances across the disc makes for a varied musical experience while leaving the opportunity for listeners who want to study more to compare the versions more directly.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2014

“an utterly arresting glimpse on a world that seems so utterly alien to ours as to render it truly sacred.” International Record Review, March 2014

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Conductus, Vol. 1

Conductus, Vol. 1

Music & poetry from thirteenth-century France


1. Quo vadis, quo progrederis?

2. Genitus divinitus

3. Quod promisit ab eterno

4. Artium dignitas

5. Relegentur ab area

6. Qui servare puberem [monophonic]

7. Ut non ponam

8. Qui servare puberem [two-part, unmeasured]

9. Porta salutis

10. Ista dies celebrari

11. Qui servare puberem [two-part, measured]

12. Stephani sollempnia

13. Beate virginis

14. Qui servare puberem [three-part]

15. Heu quo progreditur

16. Stella serena


John Potter (tenor), Christopher O'Gorman (tenor) & Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)

Hyperion has long been a champion of music from the medieval era and boasts many first recordings in its catalogue, which have combined the highest levels of scholarship with brilliant musicianship, won many awards and opened the ears of a generation of listeners to the repertoire.

In this latest release John Potter, Christopher O’Gorman and Rogers Covey-Crump continue this trail-blazing voyage with a selection from the Conductus genre: the first experiments towards polyphony—the kind of sound we associate with Pérotin. Extensive booklet notes by Mark Everist probe into the intricacies of performance practice as well as analysing the music and poetry in context. This is an important historical document as well as a stunning and committed performance.

“The poems are about life, death, salvation and, naturally, the frail virtues of women...Three tenors – John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman and Rogers Covey-Crump – deliver these explorations with unerring skill and conviction.” The Observer, 16th September 2012

“everything is immaculately clean: every passing dissonance is dead in place and nothing extrinsic is added to the music. It sounds lovely. What is just slightly odd about these performances is that they seem not to make much distinction between songs in praise of the Virgin Mary, songs of political anger and songs about a whore...But these are seriously classy performances.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012

“Conductus proves that ascetic simplicity can be as deeply moving and aesthetically breath-taking as the mst complex, heart-on-sleeve music...It's hardly necessary to mention they are superb, their precise diction well-served by Jeremy Summerly's production and Julian Millard's engineering.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 ****

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Monteverdi - The Sacred Music 3

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Monteverdi:

Dixit Dominus II

Sancta Maria a 2 e B.c.

Lauda, Jerusalem, Dominum I

Memento Domine David

Confitebor tibi III alla francese

Christe, adoramus te

Salve Regina II a 2 voci, due Tenore

Nisi Dominus I à 3 voci & duoi violini

Cantate Domino a 6 voci (1620)

Ecce sacrum paratum a voce sola e B.c.

Gloria in excelsis Deo à 7 voci


Carolyn Sampson, Rebecca Outram (sopranos), Daniel Auchincloss, Rogers Covey-Crump (high tenors), Charles Daniels, James Gilchrist (tenors), Peter Harvey, Robert Evans (basses)

The King’s Consort, Robert King

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Monteverdi - The Sacred Music 2

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Monteverdi:

Exultent caeli

Venite, siccientes

Currite populi

Ego dormio

Messa a 4 voci da Cappella (1650)

Cantate Domino a 2 voci (1615)

O beatae viae

Laudate Dominum

Laetaniae della Beata Vergine a 6 voci


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Purcell - Complete Secular Solo Songs

Purcell - Complete Secular Solo Songs


Purcell:

Draw near, you lovers Z462

While Thirsis, wrapp'd in downy sleep, Z437

Love, thou canst hear, tho' thou art blind, Z396

I loved fair Celia, Z381

What hope for us remains now he is gone? Z472

Pastora's beauties when unblown Z407

Abdelazer or The Moor's Revenge: incidental music, Z570

Urge me no more, Z426

Farewell, all joys Z368

If music be the food of love Z379A (first version)

Amidst the shades and cool refreshing streams Z355

They say you're angry Z422

Let each gallant heart Z390

This poet sings the Trojan wars ('Anacreon's Defeat') Z423

Ah, how pleasant 'tis to love, Z353

My heart, wherever you appear Z399

On the brow of Richmond Hill Z405

Rashly I swore I would disown Z411

Since the pox or the plague Z471

Beneath a dark and melancholy grove, Z461

Musing on cares of human fate Z467

Whilst Cynthia sung, all angry winds lay still Z438

How I sigh when I think of the charms of my swain Z374

Ye happy swains, whose nymphs are kind Z443

Beware, poor shepherds Z361

See how the fading glories of the year Z470

Cease, anxious world, your fruitless pain Z362

O! fair Cedaria, hide those eyes Z402

I love and I must ('Bell Barr'), Z382

When her languishing eyes said 'Love!', Z432

Not all my torments can your pity move, Z400

Ah! cruel nymph, you give despair, Z352

Sylvia, now your scorn give over, Z420

Since one poor view has drawn my heart, Z416

I resolve against cringing and whining, Z386

Gentle shepherds, you that know the charms, Z464

If grief has any pow'r to kill, Z378

She that would gain a faithful lover, Z414

Fly swift ye hours, Z369

Hears not my Phillis how the birds ('The Knotting Song'), Z371

Phillis, talk no more of passion, Z409

Celia's fond, too long I've lov'd her, Z364

In vain we dissemble, Z385

When my Aemelia smiles, Z434

Farewell, ye rocks, ye seas and sands, Z463

What a sad fate is mine, Z428A

I take no pleasure in the sun's bright beams, Z388

Love's pow'r in my heart shall find no compliance, Z395

How delightful's the life of an innocent swain, Z373

She, who my poor heart possesses, Z415

Love arms himself in Celia's eyes, Z392

When first my shepherdess and I, Z431

Through mournful shades and solitary groves, Z424

If music be the food of love (second version), Z379B

Scarce had the rising sun appear'd, Z469

Who but a slave can well express, Z440

High on a throne of glitt'ring ore, Z465

Incassum Lesbia, incassum rogas ('The Queen's Epicedium'), Z383

She loves and she confesses too, Z413

Amintas, to my grief I see, Z356

Corinna is divinely fair, Z365

Amintor, heedless of his flocks, Z357

He himself courts his own ruin, Z372

No, to what purpose should I speak?, Z468

Sylvia, 'tis true you're fair, Z512

Lovely Albina's come ashore, Z394

Spite of the godhead, pow'rful love, Z417

If music be the food of love, third version, Z379C

Phyllis, I can ne'er forgive it, Z408

Bacchus is a pow'r divine, Z360

From silent shades ('Bess of Bedlam') Z370

Let formal lovers still pursue, Z391

I came, I saw, and was undone, Z375

Who can behold Florella's charms?, Z441

Cupid, the slyest rogue alive, Z367

If pray'rs and tears, Z380

In Cloris all soft charms agree, Z384

Let us, kind Lesbia, give away, Z466

Love is now become a trade, Z393

Ask me to love no more, Z358

O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406

Olinda in the shades unseen, Z404

Pious Celinda goes to prayers, Z410

When Strephon found his passion vain, Z435

The fatal hour comes on apace, Z421

Sawney is a bonny lad, Z412

Young Thirsis' fate, Z473


Barbara Bonney (soprano), Susan Gritton (soprano), James Bowman (counter-tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), Charles Daniels (tenor), Michael George (bass)

The King's Consort, Robert King (chamber organ, harpsichord)

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Purcell - The Complete Sacred Music (The Complete Anthems and Services)

Purcell - The Complete Sacred Music (The Complete Anthems and Services)


Purcell:

Hear me, O Lord, the great support, Z133

Thou wakeful shepherd that dost Israel keep (A Morning Hymn), Z198

Who hath believed our report?, Z64

I will love thee, O Lord, ZN67

Great God and just, Z186

Plung'd in the confines of despair, Z142

O praise the Lord, all ye heathen, Z43

My heart is fixed, O God, Z29

I was glad when they said unto me (1685, previously attributed wrongly to John Blow)

O consider my adversity, Z32

Beati omnes qui timent Dominum, Z131

I was glad when they said unto me, Z19

In the black dismal dungeon of despair, Z190

Save me, O God, Z51

Thy way, O God, is holy, Z60

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695

In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust, Z16

Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, Z9

Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z135

Full of wrath, his threatening breath, Z185

Bow down thine ear, O Lord, Z11

Magnificat & Nunc Dimitus in G minor, Z231

Be merciful unto me, Z4

They that go down to the sea in ships, Z57

The Lord is my light, Z55

The Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof, Z54

Blessed is he whose unrighteousness is forgiven, Z8

O Lord God of hosts, Z37

Let God arise, Z23

Blessed be the Lord my strength, Z6

O Lord our Governor, Z141

In guilty night (Saul and the Witch of Endor), Z134

I will give thanks unto the Lord, Z21

O sing unto the Lord, Z44

O praise God in his holiness, Z42

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, Z46

It is a good thing to give thanks, Z18

O give thanks unto the Lord, Z33

Let mine eyes run down with tears, Z24

My beloved spake, Z28

Blessed are they that fear the Lord, Z5

Behold now, praise the Lord, Z3

I will give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, Z20

My song shall be always, Z31

Te Deum & Jubilate Deo in D, Z232

Blow up the trumpet in Sion, Z10

The Lord is king, be the people never so impatient, Z53

Begin the song, and strike the living lyre, Z183

Thy word is a lantern unto my feet, Z61

Tell me, some pitying angel (The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation), Z196

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Lord, I can suffer thy rebukes, Z136

O Lord our Governor, Z141

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Hosanna to the highest, Z187

O God, thou hast cast us out, Z36

Behold, I bring you glad tidings, Z2

Since God, so tender a regard, Z143

Early, O Lord, my fainting soul, Z132

Sleep, Adam, and take thy rest, Z195

Awake, ye dead, Z182

The earth trembled, Z197

The way of God is an undefiled way, Z56

Lord, not to us, but to thy name, Z137

Lord, what is man?, Z192

Sing unto God, O ye kingdoms of the earth, Z52

O, all ye people, clap your hands, Z138

My heart is inditing, Z30

O Lord, rebuke me not, Z40

With sick and famish'd eyes, Z200

How long, great God?, Z189

Awake, and with attention hear, Z181

O God, thou art my god, Z35

We sing to him, whose wisdom form'd the ear, Z199

Praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, Z47

O, I'm sick of life, Z140

O God, the king of glory, Z34

Let the night perish (Job's Curse), Z191

When on my sick bed I languish, Z144

Rejoice in the Lord alway ('The Bell Anthem'), Z49

Why do the heathen so furiously rage together?, Z65

Lord, who can tell how oft he offendeth?, Z26

O Lord, grant the King a long life, Z38

I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live, Z22

How have I stray'd, Z188

Mass in B flat, Z230

Hear my prayer, O God, Z14

Out of the deep have I called, Z45

Blessed is he that considereth the poor, Z7

The Lord is king, and hath put on glorious apparel, Z69

Unto thee will I cry, Z63

Praise the Lord, O my soul, O Lord my God, Z48

Close thine eyes and sleep secure, Z184

Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z25

Hear me, O Lord, and that soon, Z13a/Z13b

Turn thou us, O good Lord, Z62

O Lord, thou art my God Z41

An Evening Hymn 'Now that the sun hath veiled his light', Z193

Awake, awake, put on thy strength, Z1


Lynne Dawson, Susan Gritton (sopranos), James Bowman, Nigel Short (countertenors), Paul Agnew, Rogers Covey-Crump, Charles Daniels, Mark Milhofer, Mark Padmore (tenors), Colin Campbell, Robert Evans, Micahel George, Stephen Varcoe (basses)

Choir of New College Oxford, King's Consort Choir, King's Consort, Robert King

“This CD is made up predominantly of anthems, devotional songs and a morning service (a functional, though not perfunctory, setting of the TeDeum and Jubilate) most of which disclose the range and quality of the composer's sacred oeuvre near its best. Of the two settings of I was glad, the first was, until not long ago, thought to be the work of John Blow. This full anthem more than whets our appetite with its agreeable tonal and melodic twists; when the Gloria arrives, we're assured that this is vintage Purcell by the sensitive pacing as much as an exquisite contrapuntal denouement. The earlier setting is more poignant. Opening with a string symphony in the spirit of a Locke consort, the music blossoms into a deliciously Elysian melodic fabric. Good sense is made of the overall shape and the soloists are, as ever, excellent. Beati omnes is a positive gem; this may well have been written for the composer's wedding. Of the small-scale pieces, In the black dismal dungeon is the real masterpiece; it's delivered astutely by the secure and musicianly voice of Susan Gritton.
Finally to the funeral pieces. Here we have an ominous procession from the Guild of Ancient Fifes and Drums and the first appearance of four 'flatt' trumpets – as opposed to two plus two sackbuts; the effect of this subtle timbral change makes extraordinary sense of the music, engendering a new grandeur and uncompromising clarity as would have befitted such an occasion. The vocal performances are earthy and impassioned.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“An outstanding series, full of treasures, with King varying the scale of forces he uses for each item. Often he uses one voice per part, but he regularly expands the ensemble with the King's Consort Choir or turns to the full New College Choir, which includes trebles. The individual discs are no longer available separately, but all 11 CDs come neatly packaged in cardboard sleeves.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Purcell - Complete Secular Solo Songs Volume 2

Purcell - Complete Secular Solo Songs Volume 2


Purcell:

I love and I must ('Bell Barr'), Z382

When her languishing eyes said 'Love!', Z432

Not all my torments can your pity move, Z400

Ah! cruel nymph, you give despair, Z352

Sylvia, now your scorn give over, Z420

Since one poor view has drawn my heart, Z416

I resolve against cringing and whining, Z386

Gentle shepherds, you that know the charms, Z464

If grief has any pow'r to kill, Z378

She that would gain a faithful lover, Z414

Fly swift ye hours, Z369

Hears not my Phillis how the birds ('The Knotting Song'), Z371

Phillis, talk no more of passion, Z409

Celia's fond, too long I've lov'd her, Z364

In vain we dissemble, Z385

When my Aemelia smiles, Z434

Farewell, ye rocks, ye seas and sands, Z463

What a sad fate is mine, Z428A

I take no pleasure in the sun's bright beams, Z388

Love's pow'r in my heart shall find no compliance, Z395

How delightful's the life of an innocent swain, Z373

She, who my poor heart possesses, Z415

Love arms himself in Celia's eyes, Z392

When first my shepherdess and I, Z431

Through mournful shades and solitary groves, Z424

If music be the food of love (second version), Z379B

Scarce had the rising sun appear'd, Z469

Who but a slave can well express, Z440

High on a throne of glitt'ring ore, Z465

Incassum Lesbia, incassum rogas ('The Queen's Epicedium'), Z383


Barbara Bonney (soprano), Susan Gritton (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), Charles Daniels (tenor), Michael George (bass), Mark Caudle (bass viol), Susanna Pell (bass viol), David Miller (theorbo, archlute), Robert King (chamber organ, harpsichord)

The King's Consort

'A treasury of good performances. It could hardly be otherwise with this composer and this roster of singers' (Fanfare)

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Purcell - Complete Secular Solo Songs Volume 3

Purcell - Complete Secular Solo Songs Volume 3


Purcell:

She loves and she confesses too, Z413

Amintas, to my grief I see, Z356

Corinna is divinely fair, Z365

Amintor, heedless of his flocks, Z357

He himself courts his own ruin, Z372

No, to what purpose should I speak?, Z468

Sylvia, 'tis true you're fair, Z512

Lovely Albina's come ashore, Z394

Spite of the godhead, pow'rful love, Z417

If Music be the Food of Love, Z. 379C

Phyllis, I can ne'er forgive it, Z408

Bacchus is a pow'r divine, Z360

From silent shades ('Bess of Bedlam') Z370

Let formal lovers still pursue, Z391

I came, I saw, and was undone, Z375

Who can behold Florella's charms?, Z441

Cupid, the slyest rogue alive, Z367

If pray'rs and tears, Z380

In Cloris all soft charms agree, Z384

Let us, kind Lesbia, give away, Z466

Love is now become a trade, Z393

Ask me to love no more, Z358

O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406

Olinda in the shades unseen, Z404

Pious Celinda goes to prayers, Z410

When Strephon found his passion vain, Z435

The fatal hour comes on apace, Z421

Sawney is a bonny lad, Z412

Young Thirsis' fate, Z473


Barbara Bonney (soprano), Susan Gritton (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), Charles Daniels (tenor), Michael George (bass), Mark Caudle (bass viol), Susanna Pell (bass viol), David Miller (theorbo, archlute), Robert King (chamber organ, harpsichord)

The King's Consort

'Those who need all of Purcell's songs at their fingertips should invest in Hyperion's three-disk survey of secular songs, with outstanding performances by Barbara Bonney, Rogers Covey-Crump and James Bowman' (The New York Times)

“This third and last volume of Purcell's non- theatrical secular songs consummates a most rewarding survey of 87 songs with more of the same: a vocal palette of six singers who are by now so steeped in the nuances of Purcell's strains that even the slightest offering sparkles with something memorable. The treasure is shared between Barbara Bonney and Susan Gritton who complement each other superbly.
Gritton, becoming more refined in characterisation and tonal colour by the day, is allotted the free-style and dramatic pieces while to Bonney's fluid and sensual melisma is designated the more strophic or cantabile settings. Lovely Albina's comeashore is one of the composer's most mature creations, tantalisingly hinting at a new, tautly designed and classically balanced type of song.
This work, If music be the food of love (the best of the three versions) and I came, I saw are striking examples of how exceptionally Bonney negotiates Purcell's skipping and curling contours and makes these songs sound even finer creations than we previously thought. From silent shades ('Bess of Bedlam') is Purcell's quintessential mad-song and Gritton has the measure of it all the way; packed full of incident, imagery and musical detail, her narration is clear and finely judged, reporting the tale with irony and change of colour. The CD is beautifully documented.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Monteverdi - The Sacred Music 2

Monteverdi - The Sacred Music 2


Monteverdi:

Exultent caeli

à 5

Venite, siccientes

à 2

Currite populi

à voce sola e B.c

Ego dormio

à 2 voci e B.c.

Messa a 4 voci da Cappella (1650)

da Cappella

Cantate Domino a 2 voci (1615)

à 2

O beatae viae

à 2 voci

Laudate Dominum

Basso solo

Laetaniae della Beata Vergine a 6 voci


Carolyn Sampson, Rebecca Outram (sopranos), Rogers Covey-Crump, Charles Daniels, James Gilchrist (tenors), Peter Harvey (bass)

The King's Consort, Choir of The King's Consort, Robert King

“... there are joys here to melt icebergs ... I want Volume 3 immediately” The Times

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Format:

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