The Sacred Flame

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The Sacred Flame



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30th March 2009




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The Sacred Flame

European Sacred Music of the Renaissance and Baroque Era

Anerio, F:

Christus factus est

Bach, J S:

Motet BWV118 'O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht'


Magnificat anima mea, Domine BuxWV Anh.1


Ave Maria

Gabrieli, G:

Jubilate Deo 8vv with continuo


O Vos Omnes

Hassler, H L:

Dixit Maria

Joao IV:

Crux fidelis


Ave Verum Corpus

Timor et Tremor


Beatus vir (from Selva Morale e Spirituali)

Cantate Domino

Christe, adoramus te


Exsultate Deo

Sicut cervus


Psalm 100: Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt, SWV 493

Selig sind die Toten, SWV391


Laudate Dominum onmes gentes


O vos omnes

Jesu dulcis memoria



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Easter 2009 sees the release of a major new disc on Collegium from John Rutter, the Cambridge Singers and La Nuova Musica, featuring a collection of outstanding motets from the canon of European sacred choral repertoire.

Focusing on the extraordinary body of choral music produced for liturgical use during the Renaissance and Baroque periods, The Sacred Flame explores the rich and varied ways in which European composers responded to sacred texts. Delving into a treasure-trove of music from cultural centres as diverse as Amsterdam, Antwerp, Leipzig, Milan, Rome, and Venice, this collection features familiar classics by Gabrieli,Monteverdi, Palestrina and Schütz, as well as less widely-known masterpieces by Bach, Buxtehude, Hassler and Sweelinck. All are performed in stunning new recordings by the Cambridge Singers at their sensuous and virtuosic best, joined here for the first time on disc by the instrumentalists of La Nuova Musica, rapidly establishing areputation as one of the UK’s most exciting early music ensembles.

All repertoire featured on The Sacred Flame is drawn from the enormously popular European Sacred Music collection edited by John Rutter for the Oxford University Press Oxford Choral Classics series. Recorded in the unparalleled acoustic of the Great Hall at University College School in London, and produced and engineered by award winning producer Simon Eadon, the performances of these much loved works heard on this disc are set to become definitive.

“These singers of John Rutter's choir are so expert, so very good at everything they do… They shade and shape the phrases beautifully” Gramophone

Giovanni Gabrieli: Jubilate Deo

Jubilate Deo

Claudio Monteverdi: Beatus vir

Beatus vir

Claudio Monteverdi: Christe adoramus te

Christe adoramus te

Claudio Monteverdi: Cantate Domino canticum novum

Cantate Domino canticum novum

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Motets for 4 Voices, Book 2

Sicut cervus

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Motets for 5-8 Voices: Book 5 for 5 Voices

Exsultate Deo

Felice Anerio: Christus factus est

Christus factus est

Carlo Gesualdo: O vos omnes

O vos omnes

Orlando di Lasso: Timor et tremor

Timor et tremor

Orlando di Lasso: Ave verum corpus

Ave verum corpus

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Laudate Dominum omnes gentes

Laudate Dominum omnes gentes

Dietrich Buxtehude: Magnificat, BuxWV Anh. 1

Magnificat, BuxWV Anh. 1

Tomas Luis de Victoria: Jesu dulcis memoria

Jesu dulcis memoria

Tomas Luis de Victoria: O vos omnes, qui transitis per viam

O vos omnes, qui transitis per viam

Joao IV (King of Portugal): Crux fidelis

Crux fidelis

Josquin des Prez: Ave Maria

Ave Maria

Hans Leo Hassler: Dixit Maria ad angelum

Dixit Maria ad angelum

Heinrich Schutz: Psalmen Davids samt etlichen Moteten und Concerten, Op. 2, SWV 22-47

Psalmen Davids sampt etlichen Moteten und Concerten, Op. 2: Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt, SWV 36, "Psalm 100"

Heinrich Schutz: Selig sind die Toten, SWV 281

Selig sind die Toten, SWV 281

Johann Sebastian Bach: O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht, BWV 118

O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht, BWV 118

BBC Music Magazine

June 2009


“…these are dedicated performances. They sometimes sound as if they could date from the 1950s or '60s, but many listeners will surely welcome that mellower, less athletic approach.”

Gramophone Magazine

October 2009

“A pleasing anthology that delivers what it promises. …the Cambridge Singers… don’t disappoint… The instrumentalists from La Nuova Musica are sensible and sensitive accompanists…”

The Independent

10th April 2009


“John Rutter's pristine arrangements are realised to sublime effect by The Cambridge Singers. The occasional early-music settings of La Nuova Musica offer intriguing insights into the authentic period sound of stile nuovo pieces such as Monteverdi's "Beatus vir" and Buxtehude's "Magnificat".”

The Observer

26th April 2009

“The wonderfully sleek Cambridge Singers, under their founder John Rutter, make light work of this choral polyphony from continental Europe that sprang from the Catholic and Protestant Reformation, an era that saw the beguiling tunefulness of street music and opera permeate works written for the liturgy.”

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