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Choral Collection, page 10

   Found CDs: 273
 

Guerrero: Missa de la batalla escoutez - Janequin: La Guerre

Guerrero: Missa de la batalla escoutez - Janequin: La Guerre
ID: COR16067
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Choral Collection
Subcollection: Choir

This brand new recording by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen is dedicated to the works of Spanish Renaissance composer Francisco Guerrero and includes his exquisite Missa de la Batalla Escoutez. The Mass is a parody on Janeuqin's famous chanson 'La Guerre' which also features on this disc. Janequin’s La Guerre, was so popular in the 16th century that it led to numerous composers, including Janequin himself, writing parody mass settings on it. Missa de la Batalla Escoutez is one of the finest of those settings.

Guerrero is a quite astounding and varied composer with a wide expressive range. Heralded in the Renaissance as ‘the most extraordinary of his time in the art of music’, he was more famous than Victoria and Morales. Despite being a master of expression and sublime melodic invention - skills exemplified by his Missa de la Batalla Escoutez and the other fine works on this disc - Guerrero’s work has often been overlooked in favour of that of his contemporaries. With this brand new recording The Sixteen aims to redress the balance.
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Ceremony and Devotion - Music for the Tudors, The Sixteen - Harry Christophers

Ceremony and Devotion - Music for the Tudors, The Sixteen - Harry Christophers
ID: COR16077
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Renaissance

Sixteenth-century England was a place of much religious change. It was a dangerous and confusing time as Henry VIII, who had split with Rome, was succeeded by his young son Edward VI, then by the ardent Catholic, Mary Tudor, and finally by the Protestant, Elizabeth I. Composers of the day, such as William Byrd, John Sheppard and Thomas Tallis, were required to adapt to rapidly changing musical requirements and it is testament to their incredible skill and musical mastery that they produced such magnificent works in such troubled times. At the heart of this programme are Sheppard’s monumental Media vita in morte sumus and Byrd’s deeply personal setting of Infelix ego. Set amongst these exceptional masterpieces are Byrd’s joyful motets Laudibus in sanctis and Haec dies, and one of the gems of this recording - Tallis’ s Miserere nostri.
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Christus Natus Est - An Early English Christmas

Christus Natus Est - An Early English Christmas
ID: COR16027
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Choir

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A Traditional Christmas Carol Collection Vol.II

A Traditional Christmas Carol Collection Vol.II
ID: COR16085
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Choral Collection
Subcollection: Christmas Music

There is such an abundance of festive music available to us that sometimes one wishes Christmas did not come but once a year! The Sixteen’s first volume of traditional Christmas carols contains some of our most favourite pieces but there is so much more wonderful festive music that deserves to be better known. So we decided to make a second volume. On this disc you will discover familiar seasonal favourites such as 'Unto us a boy is born' and 'It came upon the midnight clear' but we have also included some less well-known gems like 'Cherry Tree Carol' and 'Gloucestershire Wassail'.
A Traditional Christmas Carol Collection Vol.II
The Sixteen & Harry Christophers
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PLUM PUDDING - Felicity Lott, Gabriel Woolf, Joyful Company of Singers & Peter Broadbent

PLUM PUDDING - Felicity Lott, Gabriel Woolf, Joyful Company of Singers & Peter Broadbent
ID: CHRCD013
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Choral Collection
Subcollection: Christmas Music

Dame Felicity Lott and the Joyful Company of Singers serve up rich Christmas fayre with 'Plum Pudding', well-spiced with favourite carols and readings by actor Gabriel Woolf.

PLUM PUDDING
‘A rich boiled suet pudding with raisins, currants, spices, etc.' (OED).

You'll find no ‘boiled suet' in our offering, but rich and well-spiced fare abounds - and unlike its namesake our pudding is bursting with plums! First, though, a warming drink as we Wassail with the merry folk of medieval Yorkshire: ‘…all over the town… in the wassail bowl we'll drink unto thee'. Vaughan Williams, renewing his quest for traditional airs after the horrors of war service, made his exultant arrangement in 1919. Almost a century earlier, in his beloved Northamptonshire village, John Clare was immortalising country life through the seasons; in December, when ‘GladChristmas comes…' he vividly evokes the simple pleasures of that ‘day of happy sound and mirth'. Close contemporaries, Victoria (1548-1611) and Byrd (c. 1543-1623) both began their musical life as choristers, at Avila Cathedral in Spain and at London's Chapel Royal respectively. The former's magnificent motet O magnum mysterium, its arching phrases intertwining like a great cathedral's vaulting, was written in Rome in 1572. Byrd's equally intricate but more worldly This Day Christ Was Born - subtitled ‘A Carroll for Christmas Day' - appeared in his last published songbook in 1611. Moving back to medieval times, to the Wakefield Mystery Plays, we hear God - portrayed by a worthy merchant in his guild's ‘pageant' - reflecting on his treatment of Adam, and summoning Gabriel to tell Mary that she will bear his Son.

Only the ‘Pageant of Shearmen and Tailors' survives from Coventry's contemporary play-cycle, and it is this which furnishes the text of the “Coventry Carol”, Lully, lullay - sung here in Kenneth Leighton's glorious 1956 setting for ethereally serene soprano and choir. By way of contrast Rhian Samuel (b. 1944 and, like Leighton, a distinguished teacher as well as composer) brings Jolly Wat the Shepherd to vivid life in her strikingly harmonised ballad.

After such exuberance, it is time for calmer contemplation. The 15th-century poem I sing of a Maiden, with its gentle portrayal of the sleeping Maid, and haunting refrain ‘He cam also style … as dewe in Aprylle …' is perfectly complemented by the lovely Mariä Wiegenlied; in Peter Broadbent's arrangement of Reger's 1912 ‘slumber-song' a pair of sopranos duet ecstatically above a soft choral accompaniment. Felicity Lott returns to tell the story of The Three Kings ‘from Persian Lands afar'; Elgar's organist friend Ivor Atkins (1869-1953) wrote the familiar arrangement of this Weihnachtslied (Christmas song) originally written in 1856 by Liszt's pupil Peter Cornelius. A darker view of The Journey of the Magi informs T.S. Elliot's 1927 poem, in which one of those kings, years afterwards, recalls the bitter cold and hardship of their journey and, for all its ‘satisfactory' end, reflects equivocally on the changes wrought by that Birth.

There is bleakness, too, rather than the rustic revelry which Laurie “Cider with Rosie” Lee's name might lead one to expect, in his 1954 poem Twelfth Night, adroitly set to music by the American composer Samuel Barber in 1968. This austere meditation on the earth's ‘utter death', more animated at ‘his birth our Saviour', returns at the close to a restatement - albeit more hushed - of its opening line: ‘No night could be darker than this night'. Lee's memories of Christmas in Seville, on the other hand - he had a lifelong love affair with Spain - bring welcome respite. The children who sang him carols, ‘their faces set in a kind of soft unconscious rapture', moved him deeply - understandably so, if they even approached the purity of tone and radiant sense of innocence which the Joyful Company of Singers conjure up in Guerrero's heart-easing Virgen Sancta, written in 1589. How those same children might have revelled in Andrew Carter's arrangement of the Spanish Esta Noche (‘This Night'), with its guitar effects and infectious high spirits.

How many poets have made such music from words alone as Dylan Thomas? He wrote (and read) his original Memories of Christmas for BBC Radio in 1945. Two years later, for the magazine Picture Post, he added a postscript to it, the Conversation About Christmas; Gabriel Woolf's reading captures all the sly wit embodied in its dazzling wordplay. One of the best-loved English carols, The Holly and the Ivy, introduces the topic of traditional Christmas Decorations, a theme taken up by the journalist, novelist and Punch contributor E.V. Lucas (1868-1938). A sequence of letters between a rector and his parishioners - aptly interspersed between lines from the rousing old Welsh song Deck the Hall - reveals how the best-laid plans can go increasingly awry. No festive celebration of this kind would be complete without The Twelve Days of Christmas - and we are treated to two variations on the theme: John Julius Norwich's hilarious warning against taking the old song's message too literally is aptly counterpointed by Andrew Carter's roistering choral arrangement. Another swift change of mood ensues. In Christmas Truce Captain R.J. Armes, writing home from the muddy hell of the First World War's trenches, touchingly describes an utterly unexpected experience. Then, across the desolate no man's land, steal the strains of the Stille Nacht. On Christmas Eve in 1818, in the Austrian village of Oberndorf, disaster struck when the church organ broke down. The organist, Franz Xaver Gruber, gratefully accepted some verses written two years earlier by the parish priest, Josef Mohr, and hastily set them to music; the choir sang the piece that night, to the accompaniment of a guitar - and the rest, as they say, is history. In another remembrance of Christmases past, Leonard Clark tells how he had almost forgotten the Singing in the Streets, before Gruber's immortal melody returns, this time in English. Joyful indeed are Felicity Lott and the Company of Singers as Silent Night, in Peter Broadbent's richly-harmonised arrangement, brings our festive feast to a contented close.
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Kamer... Dawn is Breaking - Latvian Choral Music

Kamer... Dawn is Breaking - Latvian Choral Music
ID: QTZ2065
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Choir

Premier Recordings
The youth choir Kamer... was founded in 1990 on the initiative of conductor Maris Sirmais, who is still the artistic director and principal conductor. Kamer... now includes about seventy young singers, Among the choir’s top honours is the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing (Goriza, Italy, 2004). Kamer... was the first Latvian choir to win this prize. The competition is organized by the six most prestigious international choral competitions in Europe.
Kamer… has worked with some of the world’s leading musicians in concerts and festivals in Latvia and abroad. They have sung alongside Gidon Kremer, who appears on this album and the KREMERata Baltica under the noted conductor and soloist Peter Schreier, as well as violists Yuri Bashmet and Maxim Rysanov, cellist Julius Berger, and many others. The choir has also participated in personal concerts for the composers Arvo Pärt, Giya Kanchelli and Peteris Vasks. In 2006 Kamer... performed in a concert at Latvia’s National Opera House in Riga for a meeting of NATO Heads of State.
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Iraida Yusupova - The beautiful words in the beautiful ambients

Iraida Yusupova - The beautiful words in the beautiful ambients
ID: ART307
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Choral Collection
Subcollection: Choir and Orchestra

Genre: Classical
Style: Neo-Classical

Baritone Vocals - Dmitry Pavlov (tracks: 3)
Cello - Dmitry Cheglakov (tracks: 1)
Conductor - Anatoly Sudakov (tracks: 1, 3)
Daf - Antonia Gramsci (tracks: 2)
Domra - Inna Akulinina (tracks: 2)
Electronics - Iraida Yusupova (tracks: 1)
Oboe - Alexey Balashov (tracks: 1)
Organ - Anastasiya Braudo
Piano - Anatoly Sudakov (tracks: 3)
Soprano Vocals - Alisa Gitzba (tracks: 1, 2), Nana Cherkezia (tracks: 1), Natalia Stepanova (tracks: 3), Olga Dmitrieva (tracks: 3)
Tenor Vocals - Alexander Kozhanov (tracks: 3)
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M.K.Ciurlionis - Complete Works For Orchestra-Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas State Choir and J.Domarkas, conductor

M.K.Ciurlionis - Complete Works For Orchestra-Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas State Choir and J.Domarkas, conductor
ID: NFPMA9999
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Choral Collection
Subcollection: Orchestra

The Complete Works for Orchestra by M. K. Čiurlionis - amazing, unique, immensely talented Lithuanian musician and painter.
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Mikhail Bronner - Dona nobis pacem

Mikhail Bronner - Dona nobis pacem
ID: ART181
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Choral Collection
Subcollection: Choral and Organ

1-4 Moscow Chamber Choir - conductor E.Rastvorova - L. Golub (organ)
5-9 The Poliot, Children's Choir - S.Rossiyskaya (mezzo-soprano)
The Seasons Chamber Orchestra - conductor V.Bulahov
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Sviridov - Hymns to the Motherland - Vladislav Tchernushenko, conductor

Sviridov - Hymns to the Motherland - Vladislav Tchernushenko, conductor
ID: CDMAN155
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Choral Collection
Subcollection: Choir

Vassily Timonin, tenor (1)
Tatiana Muratova, soprano; Janna Polevtsova, mezzo-soprano; Vladimir Romanchuk, baritone; Valery Starodubtsev, bass (6)
Julia Antonova, soprano (12)
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