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Streams of Tears - Padilla / Harry Christophers, The Sixteen

Album Summary

>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Deus in Auditorium
>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Mirabilia Testimonia, for 8 voices
>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Stabat Mater
>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Transfige, dulcissime Domine, for mixed chorus
>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Lamentations of Jeremiah
>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Tristis est anima mea, for mixed chorus
>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Versa est in luctum, for mixed chorus
>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Missa Ave Regina, for mixed choir
>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Pater Peccavi, motet for mixed choir
>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Salve Regina, for 8 voices
>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Ave Regina Caelorum, motet for mixed choir
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Notes & Reviews:

A brand new recording from one of the world's leading choirs -exquisite choral music from a "Golden Age" of New World composition. The music of this period is as varied as it is distinctive, with a harmonic richness and color found nowhere else.

BBC Music Magazine
Such reflective singing is alluring. But is misses the inherent energy of this South American tradition, (revealed superbly by Jeffrey Skidmore and Ex Cathedra on Hyperion). Nonetheless, this is a polished performance of less-familiar music.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Padilla's music has been awaiting a recording such as this for some time: the earliest of the transcriptions on this recording date from the mid- 1980s, when, at the prompting of Bruno Turner, British choirs were persuaded to take an interest in the music of early Spanish America. A number of publications, concerts and recordings resulted from this initiative, and the music entered to some degree into the repertoire. It is good, therefore, to see it revisited by a choir of the calibre of The Sixteen at this distance in time.

The music, much of which is fully scored - Padilla, a Spaniard who emigrated to Mexico, was particularly deft at double-choir writing - and richly sonorous, is just the kind of fare that The Sixteen excel at - the two-choir Mirabiliatestimonia tua and the most extensive work on the disc, the Missa Ave regina, are fine examples. But another aspect of Padilla's style, delicate and crystalline, is seen in smaller-scale motets such as Pater peccavi, Versa est in luctum (a significant contribution to the Iberian tradition of settings of that text) and the intense, dissonant Stabatmater, as well as the remarkable devotional motet Transfige, dulcissime Domine, for two sopranos, alto and bass; these more intimate works also receive fine readings. In many ways, the Salveregina reconciles both styles to perfection, just as it does the 'old' polyphony and the new Italianate style, alternating between them and building into a positively incandescent work. The odd rather heavy-handed entry from the men apart, these works bring out the very best in The Sixteen, supple, powerful and full of colour.

Gramophone Magazine
... these works bring out the very best in The Sixteen, supple, powerful and full of colour.

Sunday Times
[de Padilla's] language has its roots in Renaissance polyphony, but it also contains more modern elements - a strong rhythmic drive, a feeling for colour and textural contrast. Everything in this set, music related to Christ's Passion, possesses impressive grace and majesty, beautifully reflected in the gloriously phrased and blended singing of the Sixteen under Christophers.

The Telegraph
Whether in the crisply exciting antiphonal exchanges of brilliant double-choir pieces, or in profoundly moving expressions of penitence and sorrow that include a superb Lamentations setting, the Sixteen's excellent performances suggest that, had [Padilla] stayed in Europe, he would be recognised as one of Spain's greatest masters of sacred polyphony.

The Times
The latest album from the Sixteen, usually one of Britain's finer vocal groups, lacks polish...Words are poorly enunciated and passion low in the Lamentations. There is occasionally clumsy articulation, a slightly rough texture in the voices and a sense that they are unused to singing as a choir. One almost suspects that, short of time perhaps, they were relying on their professionalism to pull them through. Only the most gullible of Aztecs would have been converted by this.



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Works Details

>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Deus in Auditorium
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Mirabilia Testimonia, for 8 voices
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 8 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Stabat Mater
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Transfige, dulcissime Domine, for mixed chorus
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Lamentations of Jeremiah
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 12 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Tristis est anima mea, for mixed chorus
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Versa est in luctum, for mixed chorus
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Missa Ave Regina, for mixed choir
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Pater Peccavi, motet for mixed choir
  • Performers: Julie Cooper (Soprano); Ben Davies (Tenor); Mark Dobell (Tenor); Eamonn Dougan (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Salve Regina, for 8 voices
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Padilla, Juan Gutiérrez de : Ave Regina Caelorum, motet for mixed choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque