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Pater Noster: A Choral Reflection on the Lord's Prayer / The King's Singers

Audio Samples

>Plainchant : Pater noster
>Schütz, Heinrich : Die Himmel erzahlen die Ehre Gottes, motet for 2 sopranos, alto, 2 tenors, bass & continuo, SWV 386
>Zielenski, Mikolaj : Benedicimus Deum coeli
>Desprez, Josquin : Pater noster, motet for 6 parts
>Harris, William H. : Holy Is the True Light, for chorus
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Missa Papae Marcelli
>     Sanctus
>Schütz, Heinrich : Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel, motet for soprano, mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, bass, 2 violins & co
>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum
>Hassler, Hans Leo : Cantate Dominio canticum novum
>Stravinsky, Igor : Pater noster
>Poulenc, Francis : Petites prières (4) de Saint François d'Assise
>Lassus, Orlando de : Domine Dominus noster, motet for 6 voices, M. xviii (S. xvii/39)
>Duruflé, Maurice : Notre Pere, Op. 14
>Wood, Charles : Oculi omnium
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ego sum panis vivus qui, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book I)
>Tavener, John : The Lord's Prayer, for chorus (1999)
>Purcell, Henry : Remember not, Lord, our offences, Z 50
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Popule meus, responsory (improperium) for 4 voices
>Bernstein, Leonard : Mass
>     The Lord's Prayer
>Farrant, Richard : Lord, for Thy Tender Mercys Sake for chorus
>Lassus, Orlando de : Ad te levavi animam meam, motet for 6 voices, M. xiii (S. xvii/121)
>Chant, Gregorian : Pater noster

Album Summary

>Plainchant : Pater noster
>Schütz, Heinrich : Die Himmel erzahlen die Ehre Gottes, motet for 2 sopranos, alto, 2 tenors, bass & continuo, SWV 386
>Zielenski, Mikolaj : Benedicimus Deum coeli
>Desprez, Josquin : Pater noster, motet for 6 parts
>Harris, William H. : Holy Is the True Light, for chorus
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Missa Papae Marcelli
>Schütz, Heinrich : Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel, motet for soprano, mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, bass, 2 violins & co
>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum
>Hassler, Hans Leo : Cantate Dominio canticum novum
>Stravinsky, Igor : Pater noster
>Poulenc, Francis : Petites prières (4) de Saint François d'Assise
>Lassus, Orlando de : Domine Dominus noster, motet for 6 voices, M. xviii (S. xvii/39)
>Duruflé, Maurice : Notre Pere, Op. 14
>Wood, Charles : Oculi omnium
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ego sum panis vivus qui, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book I)
>Tavener, John : The Lord's Prayer, for chorus (1999)
>Purcell, Henry : Remember not, Lord, our offences, Z 50
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Popule meus, responsory (improperium) for 4 voices
>Bernstein, Leonard : Mass
>Farrant, Richard : Lord, for Thy Tender Mercys Sake for chorus
>Lassus, Orlando de : Ad te levavi animam meam, motet for 6 voices, M. xiii (S. xvii/121)
>Chant, Gregorian : Pater noster
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

GRAMMY Award winners in 2009, The King's singers are one of the world's most celebrated ensembles. Their programming concept in this dic is unique: built upon the individual clauses of The Lord's Prayer, beginning and ending in plainchant, it ranges over the centuries to explore the spiritually charged text. Chant is at the heart of the program, and each composer's setting illuminates the others, shredding rich interpretative light on the poetic and devotional aspects of the prayer. One of the world's most celebrated ensembles, The King's Singers have a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media and education work that spans the globe. Championing the work of both young and established composers, they are instantly recognizable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing. They are also consummate entertainers: a class act with a delightfully British wit.

Gramophone
... this enterprising collection by the King's Singers chooses settings of individual chants ranging over six centuries of Christian church music... Stravinsky's Pater noster is a surprise... John Tavener's The Lord's Prayer is very beautiful indeed, a real highlight... But the delight of the set is Poulenc's rich harmonies, both pure and smoochy... Find out for yourselves what a rewarding CD this is, gloriously sung and perfectly recorded.

BBC Music Magazine
There are few vocal ensembles that can work up a concept album like The King's Singers, and this... blossoms into something rather wonderful as they are grouped into sections commenting on aspects of the Lord's Prayer... The performances have all the panache that we associate with this group.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012).



Reviews

King's Singers Interpret Our Father Settings
The much-heralded British sextet The King’s Singers bring an interpretation of The Lord’s Prayer, phrase by phrase, for comparison of composers, style, and period. The clear voices and exceptional balance presented a capella establish the mood of this prayer and invite comparisons from both amateurs and professionals.


While this is a scholarly construct with verses presented section by section, the solemnity and devotion of the supplicant is conveyed with each selection. The perfectly-pitched voices blend seamlessly, phrases are clearly expressed, and words are enunciated carefully so that the audience can follow if desired. On the CD, titles of the tracks are helpfully provided for the student following each track, despite a few misspellings. With all parts sung by these men, the choir structure calling for women’s voices is eliminated; the texture of the entire choral presentation is pleasingly distinctive as a result. Recorded this year at a cathedral in Nashville, these compositions can be easily imagined sung in a European cathedral with soaring reverberation.


The instructive booklet provides background by Tim Sharp of the American Choral Directors Association, and multiple language texts with English translations by David Hurley enhance the learning experience for the student and devotee. This CD will be a collector’s prize for students, choir and chorus directors, and church music directors. Those who value excellence in singing, example, and standard for men’s chorus will treasure it as well. The King’s Singers continue their many activities in well-known venues throughout the world. This CD will be a pleasing experience to suffice until one can find a way to hear them in person.


Submitted on 12/08/12 by howsweetthesound 
Who sings well, prays twice
Forty years on, there can be few areas of vocal music unexplored by the King's Singers, from Janequin to the Beatles (as their one album title has it), singing a cappella all over the world, though this may be the first time the six gents have recorded in the States. As the group originally spun off of one of the great British chapel choirs, it's no surprise that they are quite at home in sacred music, and their latest disc is based on the most famous of all prayers. The program begins and ends with the early chant setting of the words; the complete prayer is set by six different composers, and other selections are chosen to relate to individual lines of the text. ("Give us this day our daily bread," for example, leads to Palestrina's "I am the Living Bread.") Of course the personnel have changed over the years, but the perfectly tuned sound remains quite consistent, with the current sopranist and tenor--for my money--the best singers to fill those positions. Booklet with texts and translations.
Submitted on 11/17/12 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Plainchant : Pater noster
  • Ensemble: The King's Singers
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Heinrich Schütz (Composer) (1585 - 1672) : Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, motet for 2 sopranos, alto, 2 tenors, bass & continuo, SWV 386
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Zielenski, Mikolaj : Benedicimus Deum coeli
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Desprez, Josquin : Pater noster, motet for 6 parts
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Harris, William H. : Holy Is the True Light, for chorus
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Missa Papae Marcelli :: Sanctus
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1567

>Heinrich Schütz (Composer) (1585 - 1672) : Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel, motet for soprano, mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, bass, 2 violins & co
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Hassler, Hans Leo : Cantate Dominio canticum novum
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Stravinsky, Igor : Pater noster
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Poulenc, Francis : Petites prières (4) de Saint François d'Assise
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Lassus, Orlando de : Domine Dominus noster, motet for 6 voices, M. xviii (S. xvii/39)
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Notre Père, Op. 14
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Wood, Charles : Oculi omnium
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ego sum panis vivus qui, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book I)
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1569

>Tavener, John : The Lord's Prayer, for chorus (1999)
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Purcell, Henry : Remember not, Lord, our offences, Z 50
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1681

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Popule meus, responsory (improperium) for 4 voices
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Bernstein, Leonard : Mass :: The Lord's Prayer
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Farrant, Richard : Lord, for Thy Tender Mercys Sake for chorus
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Ad te levavi animam meam, motet for 6 voices, M. xiii (S. xvii/121)
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Pater noster
  • Notes: Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN, USA (03/23/2012/03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval