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Choirs of Angels: Music from the Eton Choirbook Vol. 2. Works by Browne, Cornysh, Davy, Lambe / Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

Album Summary

>Browne, John : O Maria Salvatoris Mater for 8 voices
>Cornysh, William : Ave Maria mater Dei
>Davy, Richard : Salve Jesu mater vera, for 5 voices
>Lambe, Walter : O Maria plena gracia, for 6 voices
>Wylkynson, Robert : Salve Regina, for 9 voices
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following a critically acclaimed recording of music from the Eton Choirbook, More Divine Than Human, the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford returns with a second volume from the vast collection of 15th-century English sacred music, Choirs of Angels. The works range from John Browne's richly scored eight-part "O Maria salvatoris mater," the first piece in the Eton Choirbook, to William Cornysh's exquisite miniature "Ave Maria mater Dei," the choirbook's shortest work. The compositional range in the Eton Choirbook demands extraordinary virtuosity from its performers, and Stephen Darlington and his choir of men and boys do this glorious music tremendous justice.

Gramophone
A disc to send the spirits soaring. Glorious beyond words.

The Sunday Times
Hugely appealing ... natural, spacious, rich, expressive performances.

Sunday Times, 5th May 2013
This second volume of what one hopes will be a long series brings to five antiphons, each by a different composer, an abundant grace, sumptuousness and sense of space, with not a hint of frailty in the upper lines.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2013
The distinctive Christ Church sound is not lost - and distinctive it most certainly is. The boys, in particular, sound as they always have under Stephen Darlington, singing with confident healthily open voices that allow them to ascend through phrases and create a gloriously soaring effect.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
The Eton Choirbook is one of the most important sources of pre-Reformation English sacred music. It was compiled around 1500, and of its original 224 leaves, 126 survive. A notable contrast in this respect is an outstanding recording I reviewed recently of Eton Choirbook pieces. This is illustrated by the famous picture of Johannes Ockeghem and the singers of his chapel. Clearly the Eton Choirbook is part of the same performance tradition.

International Record Review, September 2013
Christ Church proves again and again that its boys are up to the technical challenges thrown up by the music.

MusicWeb International, 4th November 2013
The sound of the trebles is sweet and soft-edged, and seems to reflect more the 'angelic' ideal of the Victorian era than the way trebles used to sing earlier in history.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/11/2012-09/14/2012).



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Works Details

>Browne, John : O Maria Salvatoris Mater for 8 voices
  • Conductor: Stephen Darlington
  • Ensemble: Christ Church Cathedral Choir Oxford
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/11/2012-09/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Cornysh, William : Ave Maria mater Dei
  • Conductor: Stephen Darlington
  • Ensemble: Christ Church Cathedral Choir Oxford
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/11/2012-09/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1510

>Davy, Richard : Salve Jesu mater vera, for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Stephen Darlington
  • Ensemble: Christ Church Cathedral Choir Oxford
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/11/2012-09/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lambe, Walter : O Maria plena gracia, for 6 voices
  • Conductor: Stephen Darlington
  • Ensemble: Christ Church Cathedral Choir Oxford
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/11/2012-09/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Wylkynson, Robert : Salve Regina, for 9 voices
  • Conductor: Stephen Darlington
  • Ensemble: Christ Church Cathedral Choir Oxford
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/11/2012-09/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance