Taverner: Mater Christi Sanctissima

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Tudor Masters: Taverner & Gibbons

Tudor Masters: Taverner & Gibbons


Gibbons, O:

This is the Record of John

Hymns and Songs for the Church: Song 1

First Song of Moses

Te Deum & Jubilate Deo (Second Service, morning)

Taverner:

Kyrie 'Le Roy'

Ed. Brett

Mass 'The Western Wynde'

Ed. Brett

Dum transisset Sabbatum I

Ed. Brett

Christe Jesu, pastor bone

Ed. Brett

Mater Christi Sanctissima

Ed. Brett


Alto - ALC1183

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$8.00

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The Glory of New College

The Glory of New College


Battishill:

Call to remembrance

Boyce:

By the waters of Babylon

Byrd:

Mass for four voices - Gloria

Caurroy:

Motet à 4 et 5 'Salve Regina'

Croft:

God is Gone Up

Crotch:

How dear are thy counsels

Fauré:

Requiem: Sanctus

Requiem: Pie Jesu

Gibbons, O:

O clap your hands

Greene, M:

Lord, Let Me Know Mine End

Lasso:

Veni Creator

Monte, P:

Super flumina Babylonis

Palestrina:

Stabat mater

Purcell:

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

Stanford:

The Lord is my shepherd

Tallis:

Dum transisset sabbatum

Taverner:

Mater Christi Sanctissima

Tomkins:

Jubilate

Tye:

Christ Rising Again from the Dead

Wesley, S S:

Blessed be the God and Father


‘The Glory of New College’ is a delightful collection compiled from the extensive catalogue of superb recordings on the CRD label. New College are acknowledged to be one of the best choirs in the world and they are directed here by Edward Higginbottom. Spanning the centuries, the set contains works by Taverner (Mater Christi), Byrd (Gloria), Tallis (Dum Transisset), Purcell (Rejoice in the Lord Alway), Boyce (By the Waters of Babylon), Stanford (The Lord is my shepherd), Faure (Sanctus & Pie Jesu) and many more.

Over two hours of music to soothe the soul.

Regis - RRC2091

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.25

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Taverner: Hodie nobis caelorum rex, etc.

Taverner:

Hodie nobis caelorum rex

Mater Christi sanctissima

Magnificat a 4 - Nesciens mater

Quemadmodum a 6

Missa Mater Christi sanctissima

In nomine a 4


'These reissues epitomise the qualities that make The Sixteen one of Britain's outstanding choral groups: distilled purity of sound: impeccable ensemble and intonation; long-breathed lines. Harry Christophers takes an introspective view of Taverner's monumental Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas, producing a performance of untrammelled serenity.' (BBC Music Magazine)

“The Sixteen offer an impressive account of Taverner's five-part Missa Mater Christi sanctissima, based on his votive anthem of the same name.
It's a lively and vigorous work, beautifully crafted, and this performance amply matches its craftsmanship. Harry Christophers attempts no liturgical reconstruction, concentrating instead upon sheer musical quality. Three female sopranos replace the boy trebles. The music is pitched up a tone, which has the effect of adding brilliance to every climax. He demonstrates the good acoustic of St Jude's in Hampstead – an acoustic of space and definition, ideal for the interweaving of the strands of early Tudor polyphony; indeed, clarity and a sense of space are hallmarks of the recording. The supporting programme of the Christmas responsory, Hodie, the votive anthem Mater Christi and a four-part Magnificat is completed – unexpectedly but most delightfully – by two pieces for viols.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Helios - CDH55053

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Taverner: Imperatrix inferni

Taverner: Imperatrix inferni

Votive Antiphons & Ritual Music


Taverner:

Quemadmodum a 6

Audivi vocem de coelo

Ave Dei Patris filia

Dum transisset Sabbatum I

Dum transisset Sabbatum II

Mater Christi Sanctissima

Gaude plurimum

Hodie nobis caelorum rex: Gloria in excelsis Deo

O splendor gloriae


John Taverner (d. 1545) is, arguably, the most famous of all early Tudor composers, and one who had a rather colourful musical and political career. His music represents the final flowering of late medieval English polyphony before the onslaught of mid 16th-century Reformation.

Much of the music on this recording centres around Taverner’s earlier career, including the three surviving large-scale Votive Antiphons. Included, too, is his sumptuous six-part Quemadmodum, which stylistically foreshadows true ‘Renaissance’ composition in England.

“It presents two of John Taverner’s Marian antiphons...alongside other ritual works, highlighting his changing approach, his convergence on an expressive clarity that became the epitome of late-Renaissance style. Unchanging are his arching melodic lines, his eloquent harmonic language and his liking for rich, variously coloured textures. The vocal ensemble Alamire’s singing approaches perfection.” Sunday Times, 4th December 2011

“the luminous timbre of Alamire's two contraltos makes a pleasant change from the sometimes hooty tones of choral countertenors. The whole ensemble, in fact, shares that luminosity. The purity of tone and accuracy of tuning throughout this programme are about as fine as I have ever heard...a sumptuous wash of sound that is at the same time highly intelligible.” International Record Review, November 2011

“Mater Christi is near perfect in its shaping and David Skinner is right to praise Quemadmodem, whose extraordinary concision shows how far Taverner moved from the swashbuckling vigour of his youth....Taverner's successes are Alamire's, in the main...The singers respond in kind to the compact, reflective Mater Christi” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

“it contains some truly great music...The choir is very well directed by David Skinner who negotiates these expansive, arching structures with poise and insight...the female sopranos are at once delicate and sure-footed, and the cumulative effects from the whole choir in O splendor Gloriae are breathtaking.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2012 ****

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Obsidian Records - CD707

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Heavenly Voices

Heavenly Voices

Glorious Choral Music


anon.:

Nobilis humilis Magne martir

Richard Vendome (psaltery)

The Oxford Girls' Choir, Richard Vendome

Gloria laus

The Oxford Girls' Choir, Richard Vendome

Agnus Dei

Magdala, David Skinner

Nesciens mater

Magdala, David Skinner

Cornysh the elder:

Ave Maria Mater Dei

Magdala, David Skinner

Fayrfax:

Aeternae Laudis Lilium

Magdala, David Skinner

Gregorian Chant:

Kyrie Orbis factor

Magdala, David Skinner

Henry V:

Sanctus

Magdala, David Skinner

Ludford:

Ave cuius conceptio

Magdala, David Skinner

Preston, T:

Felix namque es, sacra virgo Maria

Martin Souter (organ)

Redford:

Glorificamus

Martin Souter (organ)

Taverner:

Mater Christi Sanctissima

Magdala, David Skinner


Music for angels and saints from the glorious English choral tradition. A rich sound, a fine acoustic, and beautiful, expressive music from the sixteenth century lifts the spirits and soars above the arches and aisles to heaven above! Perfect for relaxation and meditation during a quiet moment of the day.

The Gift of Music - CCLCDG1181

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Taverner: Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas, etc.

Taverner:

Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas

Cantus Firmus

Kyrie (Deus Creator plainsong)

Mater Christi Sanctissima

Dum transisset Sabbatum I

O Wilhelme, pastor bone


John Taverner, the most outstanding English composer of his time, was appointed Informator Choristarum of Cardinal College, Oxford in 1526, with the charge of establishing the foremost choral institution in the land. He succeeded magnificently and the tradition continues to this day at what is now known as Christ Church, Oxford, with acclaimed director Stephen Darlington, renowned for his strength in 16th century choral music, at the helm. Darlington and his forces – 16 boys and 12 men, unchanged since the 1520s – pay homage to their predecessor with a programme of his liturgical music written at Oxford. While there, Taverner had to write music to be performed virtually round the clock and he rose to the challenge using great imagination. He wrote innumerable memorable melodies, with an unprecedented emotional range and a sophisticated sense of drama. His music was astonishingly modern for its time, and in its richness remains much so today.

The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford has a special and distinctive place within the great English choral tradition as it uniquely serves both an Oxford college and a diocese. With an unbroken, continuous tradition of glorious music-making for nearly five hundred years, today the choir is renowned for its vibrant sound and artistic versatility, qualities that have been praised throughout the world from Sydney to Rio de Janiero, Tokyo to New York, Helsinki to Paris. Apart from their Oxford duties and international tours, the Choir has been heard by millions on the Mr. Bean soundtracks and Vicar of Dibley TV theme tune.

Recorded at the Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England, 15 –17 November 2006

“Taverner's Mass is the chef d'oeuvre of the greatest composer of his time, yet it has never before been recorded by the kind of liturgical choir which he had in mind; this is a courageous and significant act of reclamation.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2007

“Stephen Darlington gives majestic shape to this monumental work, effectively drawing out the imperturbable tread of the 'Gloria tibi Trinitas' cantus firmus. The choir produces a sound of blistering intensity…” BBC Music Magazine, August 2007 ***

“The Choir of Christ Church could hardly have made a more ambitious return to recording after their valuable but variable series of Nimbus Tavener Vocal 1157 discs. Taverner's Mass is the chef d'oeuvre of the greatest composer of his time, yet it has never before been recorded by the kind of liturgical choir which he had in mind; this is a courageous and significant act of reclamation. Courageous, because Taverner's demands of phrase and melodic continuity are more subtle, but no less daunting in their own way, than those presented by Palestrina and Gombert. Performing at written pitch helps.
Stephen Darlington and his choir aren't afraid of a few dirty edges around the sound; this is a world away from the hygienic surfaces of the Gabrieli Consort or from the shapely halo of King's, Cambridge. The Christ Church trebles have a full-frontal attack to a phrase that is more commonly heard from middle-European choirs.
That makes it more susceptible to the glare of the microphone, but the recording itself dares to go in closer than Nimbus ever did. The risk largely pays off in tutti passages of startling immediacy, contrasted with more solo verse sections than is usual (to rest tired voices?). Some distended cadences leave you wondering whether they can possibly have the puff to sustain them. Sometimes they can't (at the end of the first paragraph of the Sanctus); often they can (the 'Hosanna' at the end of the famous Benedictus).
The motets are no less individual in concept and execution, including a cheeky but winning slide in Mater Christi; like the rest of the disc it will divide opinion, but it demands to be taken seriously.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2007

Avie - AV2123

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Byrd: Mass for three voices, etc.

Byrd:

Mass for three voices

Magnificat (The Great Service)

Nunc dimittis

Mass for four voices

Mass for five voices

Taverner:

Kyrie 'Le Roy'

Mass 'The Western Wynde'

Dum transisset Sabbatum I

Christe Jesu, pastor bone

Mater Christi Sanctissima


Penguin Guide 3 star

Decca - Double Decca - 4521702

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New College sing Taverner and Tallis

New College sing Taverner and Tallis


Tallis:

Sancte Deus

Audivi vocem de caelo

Honor, Virtus et Potestas

O sacrum convivium

Salvator mundi, salva nos 1 - antiphonn for five voices

Taverner:

Mass 'The Western Wynde'

Mater Christi Sanctissima


CRD - CRD3372

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Taverner: Missa Mater Christi

Taverner: Missa Mater Christi


Taverner:

Missa Mater Christi sanctissima

O Wilhelme, pastor bone

Mater Christi Sanctissima


Nimbus - NI5218

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$20.00

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Choral Masterpieces of the English Renaissance

Choral Masterpieces of the English Renaissance


Gibbons, O:

Te Deum & Jubilate Deo (Second Service, morning)

O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not

Fantasia of four parts

O God the King of Glory

Glorious and powerful God

Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Second Service, evening)

A Fancy

Sing unto the Lord

A Fancy for Double Organ

O clap your hands

See, see, the Word is incarnate

Tallis:

Sancte Deus

Audivi vocem de caelo

Honor, Virtus et Potestas

O sacrum convivium

Salvator mundi

Dum transisset sabbatum

In ieiunio et fletu

Derelinquat impius

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for 5 voices

Candidi Facti Sunt

Salvator mundi, salva nos 1 - antiphonn for five voices

Absterge Domine

Gaude gloriosa Dei mater

Taverner:

Mass 'The Western Wynde'

Mater Christi Sanctissima

Tomkins:

Te Deum

In Nomine (2 Versions)

Jubilate (Third Service)

Third Service: Magnificat & Nunc dimittis

Voluntary in G

Know you not

Voluntary in C

Voluntary in A

O Lord, let me know mine end

Oh, that Salvation

Tye:

Western Wind Mass

My trust, O Lord, in thee is grounded

Christ Rising Again from the Dead

Omnes gentes, plaudite manibus

Peccavimus cum patribus


CRD - CRD5007

(CD - 5 discs)

$39.25

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