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Lassus: Missa Vinum Bonum 'Good Wine Mass' & service
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Lassus: St. Matthew Passion
Lassus’ St. Matthew Passion is a masterpiece of the late Renaissance.
This exciting new release celebrates conductor Jeffrey Skidmore’s 60th birthday. Ex Cathedra has done sterling work in bringing neglected masterpieces to life.
“Nicholas Mulroy does a magnificent job, showing fluent command of the Latin text and the harrowing, unfolding story...The three motets at the end show more clearly the experience and ability of Ex Cathedra, and thus provide a more obvious tribute to the many achievements of its director over the years.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****
“Nicholas Mulroy turns in an astonishing tour de force as the Evangelist... Greg Skidmore is the dignified Christus, and the Consort sings sonorously in the crowd's block textures. Jeffrey Skidmore shapes the tension unerringly, and Lassus' Ave Verum Corpus which follows comes as a soothing release.” Birmingham Post
“The mixed voices of the Ex Cathedra are superbly marshaled by Jeffrey Skidmore, delivering well-proportioned performances of quiet majesty that ride the emotional and rhythmic ebb and flow of Lassus’s music with almost liquescent ease... In all, a glorious disc of soft-toned, sober-hued music performed with consummate skill and a stirring sense of devotional intensity” Classical Review
“When the choruses depicting the dramatic moments of the Passion of Christ are placed in context, and the chant sung with the exemplary sensitivity it is here, the music comes truly alive.... positively dazzling.... To this outstanding rendition of the Passion are added three motets, rounded off by the famous paean to music Musica Dei donum, whose text ('Music, gift of God') surely says what the performers on this collection must have been thinking as they sang” International Record Review
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The Sacred Flame
European Sacred Music of the Renaissance and Baroque Era
Christus factus est
Bach, J S:
Motet BWV118 'O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht'
Magnificat anima mea, Domine BuxWV Anh.1
Jubilate Deo 8vv with continuo
O Vos Omnes
Hassler, H L:
Ave Verum Corpus
Timor et Tremor
Beatus vir (from Selva Morale e Spirituali)
Christe, adoramus te
Psalm 100: Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt, SWV 493
Selig sind die Toten, SWV391
Laudate Dominum onmes gentes
O vos omnes
Jesu dulcis memoria
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
“…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.” BBC Music Magazine, June 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…” Gramophone Magazine, October 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 Independent, 10th 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.” The Observer, 26th April 2009
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