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

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Out of Darkness

Out of Darkness

Music from Lent to Trinity


Bairstow:

The Lamentation

Britten:

Festival Te Deum in E, Op. 32

Byrd:

Cunctis diebus

Casals:

O vos omnes

Elgar:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me (from The Apostles)

Hurford:

Litany to the Holy Spirit

Ives, G:

Listen sweet dove

Laloux:

Tantum ergo

Langlais:

Incantation pour un Jour Saint

Lhéritier:

Surrexit pastor bonus

MacMillan:

The Strathclyde Motets: Sedebit Dominus Rex

Purcell:

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Rorem:

Breathe on me, breath of God

Sheppard, J:

Libera Nos

Stainer:

I saw the Lord

Stanford:

Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem, Op. 123

Tallis:

If ye love me


The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge, Mark Williams

The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge (‘superlative singing’ – The Northern Echo) present this album of sacred works which follows events in the Church calendar. From Ash Wednesday, through to the final feast of the year – Trinity, the recording features works by Bryd, Purcell, Casals, Elgar, Stanford, Britten, Tallis and James MacMillan, all directed by Mark Williams.

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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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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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More Choral Favourites from King’s

More Choral Favourites from King’s


Bach, J S:

Magnificat in D major, BWV243: Magnificat anima mea Dominum

Brahms:

How lovely are Thy dwellings

Britten:

A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: Balulalow

Byrd:

O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth

Fauré:

Messe basse : Benedictus

Requiem: In Paradisum

Gardiner, H B:

Evening Hymn (Te lucis ante terminum)

Garrett:

Psalm 137: By the waters of Babylon

Gibbons, O:

Hosanna to the son of David

Gorecki:

Totus Tuus, Op. 60

opening

Goss, J:

Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd

Parry:

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (Repton)

Poston:

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

Purcell:

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Rachmaninov:

Vespers, Op. 37: Blazhen muzh

Rutter:

Pie Jesu (from Requiem)

Scholefield:

The Day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended (St Clement)

Stanford:

Evening Service in G, Op. 81: Magnificat

Coelos Ascendit Hodie, Op. 38 No. 2

Stravinsky:

Ave Maria

Tallis:

O nata lux de lumine 5vv

trad.:

This joyful Eastertide

arr. Charles Wood

Vaughan Williams:

Mass in G minor: Gloria

Come down, O Love divine (Down Ampney)


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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


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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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