Purcell: Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

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The Merton Collection: Merton College at 750

The Merton Collection: Merton College at 750


Berkeley, L:

Veni sponsa Christi

Byrd:

Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles

Dunstaple:

Veni Sancte Spiritus

Ešenvalds:

Magnificat, Nunc dimittis (Merton College Service)

Gibbons, O:

This is the Record of John

Gjeilo:

Sacred Origins

Greene, E:

Lord, let me know mine end

Lavino:

Beati quorum via

Mundy, W:

Magnificat

Second Service ‘in F fa ut’

Nunc dimittis

Second Service ‘in F fa ut’

Parry:

There is an old belief (No. 4 from Songs of Farewell)

Pärt:

The Woman With The Alabaster Box

Purcell:

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Sheppard, J:

Libera nos 1

Stanford:

Justorum animae, Op. 38 No. 1

Beati quorum via, Op. 38 No. 3

Vaughan Williams:

Valiant for Truth


In 2014, Merton College in Oxford celebrates its 750th year. Benjamin Nicholas and Peter Phillips’ specially conceived programme journeys through three quarters of a millennium of choral repertoire. Not just a demonstration of this accomplished ensemble’s versatility, the recording also provides a bird’s-eye view of some important moments in musical history, and features two composers – John Dunstaple and Lennox Berkeley – associated with the College as well as three works specially commissioned for the anniversary celebrations. The choir, a relatively recent addition to this illustrious college’s complement of treasures, gives stylish and committed performances in the famous acoustic of Merton’s chapel.

'Advent at Merton' [DCD34122] was the best-seller on the Delphian label last Christmas. Gramophone noted "the most notable chapel choir offering" in their Christmas round-up. "All the music is radiant, all of it is unexpected...and comes from a choir that's gone from being a minor player in Oxbridge choral music to becoming one of the most exciting groups in its area". BBC Music Magazine gave it a Christmas Choice, citing "high levels of technical and expressive achievement."

Tracks 1–2, 15–16, 17 & 19 are premiere recordings

“In only a few years the choir has established itself as one of the leading collegiate choirs in the UK. This, its third disc for Delphian, confirms that it is now, surely, one of the jewels in that label’s crown...The singing throughout this programme is superb” MusicWeb International, 12th November 2013

“Though Merton is on the cusp of its 750th anniversary, this choir is a 2006 creation, yet has quickly gained distinction. Here it offers a panorama of world musical history...But it’s the transhistorical stylistic homogeneity of choral singing that comes through.” Sunday Times, 22nd December 2013

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My Beloved Spake

My Beloved Spake

Anthems by Henry Purcell & Pelham Humfrey


Humfrey:

Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in E minor from Evening Service

O Lord my God

Purcell:

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

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

My beloved spake, Z28

O sing unto the Lord, Z44

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z135

Behold now, praise the Lord, Z3


Iestyn Davies (counter-tenor), James Gilchrist (tenor), David Stout (baritone) & Neal Davies (bass)

Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge & St John’s Sinfonia, Andrew Nethsingha

Established in the 1670s, the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge is today one of the finest college choirs in the world, known and loved by millions for its recordings and concert tours. On this album, the Choir and St John’s Sinfonia, conducted by Andrew Nethsingha, perform works by Henry Purcell and Pelham Humfrey. They are joined by four soloists: Iestyn Davies, James Gilchrist, David Stout, and Neal Davies.

Humfrey was an English composer of the seventeenth century, known mainly for his verse anthems. Being well travelled, he produced works that in their vocal character show the influence of Italian music, and in the instrumental writing that of French music. That said, from these major foreign influences Humfrey forged a personal style that is uniquely English. Although as a composer he was generally forward-looking, his music also shows sub-elements of the English Golden Age of yesteryear. O Lord my God, for instance, is influenced by John Dowland’s celebrated Lachrimae Pavan of almost eighty years earlier.

In contrast, the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis were composed simply to be liturgically appropriate, with a text setting that is naturalistic and direct. Humfrey died at the age of twenty-seven, but even at this young age, he exerted a strong influence on his peers, including Henry Purcell, who as a young boy sang treble in Humfrey’s Chapel Royal Choir.

The works by Purcell recorded here range from works written when the composer was in his teenage years (Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei being a masterly example) to the crowning glory of the recording, O sing unto the Lord, which Purcell wrote when he was in his thirties, and compositionally on fire. At this stage of his career no other composer could touch him. Instruments and voices sing from the same hymn sheet, form and content are inseparable, past and present musical styles seamlessly intermingle, technique and virtuosity are indistinguishable from each other – and soloists and choir mesh together in a dazzling and life-affirming way.

“The warm continental sound of the boys' voices might sometimes bestow an unexpectedly 'foreign' accent on this music (albeit shot through with imports from France and Italy), but the commitment, intensity and lucidity compels. And Nethsingha has assembled a formidable team.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2013 ****

“It is nice these days to have a chance to hear some of Purcell's church anthems sung by a choir of boys and men...It is in integrated works such as O Lord my God, where the expressive urgency of this choir's soloists can rub off, that the choir is at its best; less successful are the more patchwork pieces” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

“Nethsingha juxtaposes such relatively unfamiliar fare with masterpieces including O Sing unto the Lord. He is a committed custodian of the Oxbridge choral tradition, as are his fine soloists” Sunday Times, 2nd December 2012

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Pater Noster

Pater Noster

A Choral Reflection on The Lord’s Prayer


Bernstein:

Mass: The Lord's Prayer

Byrd:

Vigilate (from Cantiones sacrae 1589)

Despres:

Pater Noster

Duruflé:

Notre Père, Op. 14

Farrant, R:

Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake

Gregorian Chant:

Pater Noster

Harris, W:

Holy is the True Light

Hassler, H L:

Cantate Domino canticum novum

Lasso:

Domine Dominus noster

Ad te levavi animam meam

Palestrina:

Missa Papae Marcelli: Sanctus

Ego sum panis vivus

Poulenc:

Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise

Purcell:

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Schütz:

Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, SWV 386

Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel

Stravinsky:

Pater Noster

Tavener:

The Lord's Prayer

Victoria:

Popule meus for 4 voices

Wood, C:

Oculi omnium

Zielenski:

Benedicimus Deum Coeli


David Hurley (countertenor), Timothy Wayne-Wright (countertenor), Paul Phoenix (tenor), Christopher Bruerton (baritone), Christopher Gabbitas (baritone) & Jonathan Howard (bass)

The King’s Singers

GRAMMY® Award winners in 2009, The King’s Singers are one of the world’s most celebrated ensembles. Their programming concept in this disc is unique: built upon the individual clauses of The Lord’s Prayer, beginning and ending in plainchant, it ranges over the centuries to explore the spiritually charged text. Chant is at the heart of the programme, and each composer’s setting illuminates the others, shedding rich interpretative light on the poetic and devotional aspects of the prayer.

One of the world’s most celebrated ensembles, The King’s Singers have a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media and education work that spans the globe. Championing the work of both young and established composers, they are instantly recognisable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing. They are also consummate entertainers: a class act with a delightfully British wit.

“There are few vocal ensembles that can work up a concept album like The King's Singers, and this somewhat disparate collection of sacred pieces blossoms into something rather wonderful...The performances have all the panache that we associate with this group” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 *****

“what a rewarding CD this is, gloriously sung and perfectly recorded.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2012

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Purcell - Anthems

Purcell - Anthems


Purcell:

Blow up the trumpet in Sion, Z10

My heart is inditing, Z30

O Lord, thou art my God Z41

O God, thou hast cast us out, Z36

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

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

Chacony in G minor - for Two Violins, Viola and Bass Z730


“An attractive collection from the late 1960s, which happily blends scholarship and spontaneity…they are all very well sung, with the characteristic King’s penchant for tonal breadth and beauty. Excellent recording." Penguin Guide *** Key Recording

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Purcell: Sacred Music

Purcell: Sacred Music


Purcell:

My beloved spake, Z28

Te Deum & Jubilate Deo in D, Z232

O Lord, thou art my God Z41

Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z25

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695: Funeral Sentences


November 1694 was a busy month for Purcell. First, the triumphant return to London of King William III from the campaign in Flanders saw the composer produce a new anthem depicting the vanquishing of the King’s enemies. Secondly, for the celebration of St Cecilia’s Day, composed not the expected ode, but a Te Deum and a Jubilate. The Te Deum is full of grandeur, with the extra trumpets adding some thrilling drama to sections of the work. The scoring is also intimate, with some of Purcell’s most personal music – especially ‘ Vouchsafe, O Lord’, where the piling up of dissonances depicts a cry for mercy remarkable for the period.

These two works are masterpieces in Purcell’s output. However, the triumph was to be short-lived. In December 1694 a smallpox epidemic swept London, and Queen Mary died on 28 December. Purcell produced some of his greatest music for the Funeral Sentences, which he composed for her burial Setting words found in The Book of Common Prayer, Purcell’s music is moving and austere, and the sense of grief is almost palpable. The muted drums and Flatt trumpets in the Canzona leave a lasting impression on the listener. Purcell himself was dead eleven months later, aged 36.

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Henry Purcell: Sacred Music, Dioclesian & Songs

Henry Purcell: Sacred Music, Dioclesian & Songs


Includes:

Purcell:

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Prophetess or The History of Dioclesian, Z627: extracts

Strike the Viol (from Come Ye Sons of Art, Z323)

Chacony in G minor

Sweeter than Roses (from Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country, Z585)

Here the deities approve, Z339

If music be the food of love, Z379

In the black dismal dungeon of despair, Z190

Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z25

My beloved spake, Z28

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Curtain Tune from Timon of Athens Z632


Michael Chance (countertenor) & Andrew Manze (violin)

Florilegium, Clare College Choir Cambridge & Baroque Brass of London

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Hear My Prayer - Hymns and Anthems

Hear My Prayer - Hymns and Anthems


Bainton, E:

And I saw a new Heaven

Chatman:

Remember

Daley:

Requiem: In Remembrance

Duruflé:

Ubi caritas, Op. 10 No. 1

Elgar:

Lux aeterna

Fauré:

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

Finzi:

God is gone up, Op. 27 No. 2

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Howells:

Magnificat (Collegium Regale, 1945)

Lotti:

Crucifixus

Mendelssohn:

Hear my prayer

Mozart:

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339: Laudate Dominum

Purcell:

O God, thou art my god, Z35

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Stanford:

Justorum animae, Op. 38 No. 1


Karina Gauvin (soprano) & Matthew Larkin (organ)

Choir of St John’s, Elora, Noel Edison

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Evening Prayer

Evening Prayer

Purcell: Anthems & Sacred Songs


Purcell:

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

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

I was glad when they said unto me, Z19

O Lord, rebuke me not, Z40

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

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

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

My heart is inditing, Z30


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Salvator Mundi

Salvator Mundi

Music for Lent & Passiontide


Blow:

Salvator Mundi

Davy, J:

Drop, drop, slow tears

Grier, F:

O King of the Friday

Howells:

Salvator mundi

I heard a voice from Heaven

Pantcheff:

For, lo, the days come

Poulenc:

Vinea mea electa (My Chosen Vine) from Four Motets for a Time of Penitence

Purcell:

Who hath believed our report?, Z64

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Tallis:

Salvator mundi

Suscipe quaeso Domine

In ieiunio et fletu

Victoria:

Missa O quam gloriosum: Agnus Dei


James Davy (organ)

The Arcadian Singers of Oxford University, Matthew O'Donovan

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Treasures of English Church Music

Treasures of English Church Music

A 2-CD set combining 'Faire is the heaven' (COLCD107) and 'Hail, gladdening Light' (COLCD113)


Amner:

Come, let's rejoice

anon.:

Rejoice in the Lord

Bairstow:

I sat down under his shadow

Britten:

A Hymn to the Virgin

Byrd:

Miserere mei

Haec dies

Ave verum corpus

Bow thine ear

Dering:

Factum est silentium

Elgar:

They are at rest

Farrant, R:

Hide not thou thy face

Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake

Gibbons, O:

O clap your hands

Hosanna to the Son of David

Goss, J:

These are they which follow the Lamb

Harris, W:

Faire is the heaven

Bring us, O Lord God

Howells:

Sing Lullaby

A Spotless Rose

Nunc dimittis

Morley:

Nolo mortem peccatoris

Parsons, R:

Ave Maria

Philips, P:

O beatum et sacrosanctum diem

Poston:

Jesus Christ the apple tree

Purcell:

Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z25

Thou knowest, Lord

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Rutter:

Loving Shepherd of thy sheep

Sheppard, J:

In manus tuas

Stanford:

Beati quorum via, Op. 38 No. 3

Justorum animae, Op. 38 No. 1

Stone, R:

The Lord's Prayer

Tallis:

Loquebantur variis linguis

If ye love me

O nata lux de lumine 5vv

Tavener:

Hymn to the Mother of God

Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God

Taverner:

Christe Jesu, pastor bone

Tomkins:

When David heard

Vaughan Williams:

O Taste and See

O vos omnes

Walton:

What cheer?

A Litany 'Drop, drop slow tears'

Wood, C:

Hail, gladdening Light


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