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Brother Sun, Sister Moon- John Rutter, Cambridge Singers

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : Haec dies, motet for 3 voices (STT)
>Chant, Gregorian : Victimae paschali laudes, sequence in mode 1 for Easter (GR 198, Liber Usualis 780)
>Taverner, John [Composer] : Dum transisset sabbatum (ii), motet for 5 voices
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Missa Ut re mi fa sol la, for 6 voices
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Exsultate Deo
>Scheidt, Samuel : Surrexit Christus Hodie
>Chant, Gregorian : Before the Ending of the Day (from the Office of Compline)
>Sheppard, John : In pace in idipsum for 4 voices
>Chant, Gregorian : Into Thy Hands, O Lord (from the Office of Compline)
>Duruflé, Maurice : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10
>Chant, Gregorian : Keep Me as the Apple of an Eye and Nunc Dimittis (From the Office of Compline)
>White, Robert : O Christ, Who Art the Light and Day
>Sheppard, John : Libera nos, salva nos
Performer Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Nancy-Jane Rucker, Celia Jackson, Marcelle Marce, Mary Seers , Donna Deam, Clare Wallace, Jocelyn Buxton, Caroline Ashton (soprano); Russell Watson, Benjamin Thompson , James Mure, Nicholas Sears, Nic Jones, Gerald Finley (tenor, bass voice); Philip Blackburn, David Leshare Watson, Edward Helgeson, Paul Gordon, Mark Padmore , Angus Smith (tenor).

This is not a movie soundtrack but a choral work from John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers, who previously recorded The Mozart Collection and Olde English Madrigals for American Gramaphone. The recording is a freely devised sequence of a cappella choral music with two selections, one intended for the morning, the other for the evening. The centuries and languages melt away, and a profound harmony is found. The music is from Gregorian chants, Easter, worship services, and composers such as Durufle and da Palestrina, and is unrelated to the Zefferilli movie of the same name. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats



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Works Details

>Byrd, William : Haec dies, motet for 3 voices (STT)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Victimae paschali laudes, sequence in mode 1 for Easter (GR 198, Liber Usualis 780)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Taverner, John [Composer] : Dum transisset sabbatum (ii), motet for 5 voices
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Missa Ut re mi fa sol la, for 6 voices :: Sanctus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1570

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Exsultate Deo
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1584

>Scheidt, Samuel : Surrexit Christus Hodie
  • Performer: Gerald Finley (Cantor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Chant, Gregorian : Before the Ending of the Day (from the Office of Compline)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Sheppard, John : In pace in idipsum for 4 voices
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Chant, Gregorian : Into Thy Hands, O Lord (from the Office of Compline)
  • Notes: The Great hall Of University College School, London, England (07/10/1994-07/13/1994)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Duruflé, Maurice : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1960

>Chant, Gregorian : Keep Me as the Apple of an Eye and Nunc Dimittis (From the Office of Compline)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>White, Robert : O Christ, Who Art the Light and Day
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sheppard, John : Libera nos, salva nos
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance