Purcell: Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

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For The Wings Of A Dove: Music of Supplication and Hope

For The Wings Of A Dove: Music of Supplication and Hope


Berkeley, L:

The Lord is my Shepherd, Op. 91 No. 1

Byrd:

My soul oppressed

Gibbons, O:

Behold, thou hast made my days

Langlais:

Ave Maria, Ave Maris Stella (from Trois Paraphrases Grégoriennes, Op. 5)

Mendelssohn:

Organ Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 65 No. 3: Andante

Hear My Prayer

Nystedt:

Peace I Leave with You

Purcell:

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Thou know'st, Lord, Z 58c

Stanford:

For lo, I raise up, Op. 145

Tomkins:

Turn unto the Lord our God

Wesley, S S:

Man that is born of woman

Wollston:

Hide not thy face


The Choir of Queens’ College, Cambridge, Silas Wollston

Second album for Orchid Classics from this wonderful Cambridge choir (first was ORC100027).

It brings together music from many centuries mostly taken from the Book of Psalms.

Directed by Silas Wollston, eminent composer and Director of Music at Queens’ College Cambridge.

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Audite Finem

Audite Finem

Old and New Music


Bainton, E:

And I saw a new heaven

Byrd:

Sing joyfully

Davies, Maxwell:

Homerton

Hopkins, John:

Latin Motets (4)

World Premiere Recording

Naylor, K:

How shall I sing that Majesty (Coe Fen)

Roger Green (descant)

Purcell:

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Stanford:

The Blue Bird, Op. 119 No. 3

Praised be Diana

Tomlins:

Let All The World In Every Corner Sing

World Premiere Recording

Trocmé-Latter:

Homerton College Grace of 1957

World Premiere Recording

The Lord God

World Premiere Recording

Wesley, S:

O Sing unto my roundelay

Wesley, S S:

Blessed be the God and Father


The Charter Choir of Homerton College, Cambridge, Daniel Trocmé-Latter

Homerton College can trace its origins to east London in 1768, later becoming a teacher - training college before moving to Cambridge in 1894. It was granted a Royal Charter in 2010, becoming the newest constituent college of the University of Cambridge. The Charter Choir, founded to celebrate that change in status, is made up of around 22 choral scholars, choral volunteers, and organ scholars, and undertakes a regular and busy performance programme. This CD includes music from the 17th to the 21st centuries, featuring a number of works written for Homerton or by composers associated with the college. Greta Tomlins lectured in music at Homerton; John Hopkins and Daniel Trocmé-Latter are current music Fellows; and Carol Ann Duffy (Poet Laureate) and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (former Master of the Queen’s Music), both Honorary Fellows of the college, collaborated to write Homerton in celebration of the Royal Charter.

“[This recording gives] a strong impression of Homerton’s commitment not just to progressivism but to the English tradition as well” Choir & Organ, May 2015 ****

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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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Sacred and Profane

Sacred and Profane

English choral music


Britten:

Advance Democracy

A Hymn to the Virgin

Sacred and Profane, Op. 91

Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27

Byrd:

Ave verum Corpus

Elgar:

Death on the Hills, Op. 72

Love's tempest, Op. 73 No. 1

Serenade, Op. 73 No. 2

Kodály:

An Ode for Music

Purcell:

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Sven-David Sandstrøm

Vaughan Williams:

Three Shakespeare Songs


Collegium Vocale zu Franziskanern

Solo Musica - SM185

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Exultate Deo

Exultate Deo


Byrd:

Miserere mei

Chilcott:

My Prayer from Psalm 102

Davies, Walford:

Psalm 121 'I will lift up mine eyes'

Howells:

Jubilate Deo 'St Peter ad Vincula'

Leighton:

Jubilate Deo

Mendelssohn:

Hear My Prayer

Palestrina:

Sicut cervus

Parry:

I was glad

Lord, let me know mine end (No. 6 from Songs of Farewell)

Poulenc:

Exultate Deo

Purcell:

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Rutter:

The Lord is my shepherd

Sweelinck:

Laudate Dominum onmes gentes


Andrew Arthur (organ)

The Choir of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London, Colm Carey (director)

The Psalms of David – sometimes referred to as the hymn-book of the bible – have inspired composers writing for the church through the ages.

The vivid, poetical nature of the texts, arousing the full gamut of human emotions, has stimulated the composition of many great sacred works in Western music.

The Choir of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London, directed by Colm Carey, was established in 1966 to lead and enrich both worship and liturgy in the two historic chapels within HM Tower of London.

This new CD, Exultate Deo, creates a kaleidoscopic snapshot of music inspired by the Psalms, and is a captivating insight into the wealth and variety of repertoire sung on a weekly basis by the choir.

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A Year in Exeter Cathedral

A Year in Exeter Cathedral


Battishill:

O Lord, look down from heaven

Bednall:

Salvator mundi

Grechaninov:

The Cherubic Hymn

Jackson, Gabriel:

Tomorrow go ye forth

Lee, Jonathan:

Meditation for Holy Week

Mawby:

Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree

Merulo:

Tribus miraculis

Naylor, E W:

Nunc dimittis

Ouseley:

O Saviour of the world

Palestrina:

Ascendit Deus a 5

Praetorius, M:

In dulci jubilo

Purcell:

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Shepherd, R:

The strife is o'er

Sumsion:

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace

Tanner, S:

Deep river

Come Holy Ghost

Come Holy Ghost

Vaughan Williams:

Let all the world in every corner sing

Victoria:

O quam gloriosum, motet

Warlock:

Benedicamus Domino


David Davies (organ)

The Girls and Men of Exeter Cathedral, Stephen Tanner

This recital is the first ever by the girls and men of Exeter Cathedral. The programme features much previously unrecorded repertoire, reflecting the music sung by the choir throughout the Cathedral’s year.

“This programme shows the Exeter Cathedral Choir in fine shape, The 19 girl choristers make a very pleasing sound and they combine with the gentlemen of the choir to very good effect. In fact, these young singers are an excellent advertisement for the role of girls in cathedral choirs.” MusicWeb International, 13th November 2013

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A Year at Winchester

A Year at Winchester


Bruckner:

Ave Maria

Annunciation

Byrd:

Senex puerum portabat (from Gradualia 1605)

Candlemas

Dove:

The three Kings

Epiphany

Elgar:

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

Pentecost

Gowers:

Viri Galilaei

Ascension

with Richard McVeigh (synthesizer)

Purcell:

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Lent

Rutter:

Winchester Te Deum

St Swithun, Patron Saint

Sheppard, J:

Libera nos, salva nos

Trinity

Stanford:

Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem, Op. 123

Easter Day

Sweeney, D:

Litany

Palm Sunday

Quem quaeritis

Easter – dawn

Tavener:

God is With Us (A Christmas Proclamation)

Christmas

Wood, C:

Hail, gladdening Light

Advent


The second in the new series from Regent charting a musical journey through the church’s year at well-loved cathedrals.

The Choir of Winchester Cathedral is regarded as one of the world’s finest choirs.

This journey in music features music appropriate to the main seasons of the church’s year, including first recordings of two works by Donald Sweeney, and the original version of John Rutter’s ‘Winchester Te Deum’ written for the Choir of Winchester Cathedral.

Features both the boy and girl choristers and men of the choir.

“An auspicious start to what should prove a major collection of choral recordings.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

“'Hail, gladdening light'...[is] given with confidence, firm tuning, clear diction and phrasing and even a little drama, the excellent of the performances masking just how difficult it can be to make this sort of music work well.” International Record Review, March 2012

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Naked Byrd Two

Naked Byrd Two


Barber, S:

Agnus Dei

Buckley, D:

Strengthen ye the weak hands

Byrd:

Mass for four voices - Agnus Dei

Contractus:

Salve regina

Hildegard:

Spiritus Sanctus Vivificans

O virtus sapientae

Lotti:

Crucifixus

Purcell:

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Roberts, J:

Never Seek to Tell Thy Love

Tallis:

The Spirit of Tallis

arr. Christopher Monks

Tavener:

Funeral Ikos

The Lamb

Victoria:

Versa est in luctum


Armonico Consort, Christopher Monks (director)

This recording is compiled from the Armonico Consort’s Naked Byrd programmes, featuring music by composers who wore their hearts on their sleeves, and whose art saw their emotions laid bare, in an atmospheric concert where magical musical moments are intertwined with sublime passages of plainchant and violin improvisation. It follows on from their first volume in December 2009. Armonico Consort is, at its heart, a highly talented vocal ensemble that stages a wide variety of concerts.

“perhaps most moving of all is the "Agnus Dei" section of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, re-scored by the composer for eight-part harmonies.” The Independent, 28th January 2011 *****

“Armonica Consort is a very capable choir, clearly responsive to its conductor's urgings and producing a lovely sound which does not need the heavy layers of resonance to enhance it.” International Record Review, March 2011

“The choral blend and recorded balance are of demonstration quality. The music has a predominantly slow harmonic pulse, where vocal lines can float, suspensions can melt and the listener can relax and marvel at the singers' superb breath control and rock-steady intonation...[a] disc of unending delight” Gramophone Magazine, May 2011

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Great Cathedral Anthems Vol. 2

Great Cathedral Anthems Vol. 2


Blow:

Salvator Mundi

Boyce:

O where shall wisdom be found?

Finzi:

God is gone up, Op. 27 No. 2

Gardiner, H B:

Evening Hymn (Te lucis ante terminum)

Harris, W:

Bring us, O Lord God

Harvey, J:

The Tree

Haydn:

Insanae et vanae curae

Naylor, E W:

Vox dicentis: Clama

Purcell:

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Stanford:

For lo, I raise up, Op. 145

Tavener:

Hymn to the Mother of God

Walton:

Jubilate Deo

Wood, C:

Great Lord of lords


Neil Taylor (organ)

The Choir of Norwich Cathedral, Michael Nicholas

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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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