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The Lost City: Lamentations Through the Ages / Miranda Laurence and Susanna Fairbairn, sopranos; Robert Vanryne, trumpet

> The Lord is Good - The Lord is Good
> O vos omnes - O vos omnes
> Lamentations - Lamentations
> Sacred and Profane, Op. 91 - Sacred and Profane, Op. 91: No. 7. Ye that pasen by
> Lamentations - Lamentation I
> Lamentations - Lamentation II
> Lamentations - Lamentation III
> 5 Motets - 5 Motets: No. 2. O vos omnes
> De lamentatione Jeremie - De lamentatione Jeremie
> O vos omnes - O vos omnes
> Wie liegt die Stadt so wust - Wie liegt die Stadt so wust

Album Summary

>McDowall, Cecilia : The Lord is Good, for chorus
>Casals, Pablo [Cello] : O vos omnes (O ye People)
>Phinot, Dominique : Incipit oratio Jeremiae prophetae, motet for 8 voices
>Britten, Benjamin : Sacred and profane, Op. 91
>Duggan, John : Lamentations, for chorus & trumpet
>Ortiz, Pablo : O vos omnes, motet for chorus
>Mundy, John : De Lamentatione Jeremiae, for chorus
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O Vos Omnes ("Is it Nothing to You?"), motet for alto & chorus
>Mauersberger, Rudolf : Wie liegt die Stadt so wust, for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Lamentations of Jeremiah may be unremittingly sad, but they have had a deep resonance for composers throughout the ages. This is a collection that reflects that diversity - from John Mundy's setting, which highlights the grave concern over schisms in the Catholic Church of the sixteenth century, through to Rudolph Mauersberger's motet, which mourns the destruction of the city of Dresden in 1945. Two new pieces were commissioned especially for this project, and are recorded here for the first time: John Duggan's haunting set of three Lamentations for choir, trumpet and solo soprano; and Cecilia McDowall's exotic and powerful The Lord is Good, which was shortlisted for a BASCA award in 2012.

~McDOWALL The Lord is Good 1 2 CASALS O vos omnes
PHINOT Lamentations BRITTEN Ye that pasen by
DUGGAN Three Lamentations 2 3 ORTIZ O vos omnes
MUNDY De Lamentatione Jeremiae
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS O vos omnes
MAUERSBERGER Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst

Gramophone Magazine, September 2013
The centrepiece is the triptych by John Duggan...Susanna Fairbairn and Robert Vanryne duet sweetly in the first 'panel'...Another high point is John Mundy's De Lamentatione, reconstructed by Francis Steele and full of glorious harmonic clashes. Christopher Watson and Sospiri do it proud.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
It is the Naxos label's great good fortune to have added the fabulous English chamber choir Sospiri to its stable of excellent choral ensembles. Their beautifully crafted survey of lamentations encompasses music written from the Renaissance through the present. What a choir! This band of sublime singers lays convincing claim to any choral virtue you can name. The solo voices (Miranda Laurence and Susanna Fairbairn) perform superbly, and trumpeter Robert Vanryne's tone is soft and buttery. Sound and booklet quality are beyond reproach. This is an album any sacred choral fan will cherish.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Eglise St. Laurent, Roujan, Languedoc Roussillon (08/09/2011-08/12/2011).



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Works Details

>McDowall, Cecilia : The Lord is Good, for chorus
  • Performers: Miranda Laurence; Susanna Fairbairn
  • Conductor: Christopher Watson
  • Ensemble: Sospiri
  • Notes: Eglise St. Laurent, Roujan, Languedoc Roussillon (08/09/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Casals, Pablo [Cello] : O vos omnes (O ye People)
  • Conductor: Christopher Watson
  • Notes: Eglise St. Laurent, Roujan, Languedoc Roussillon (08/09/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1932

>Phinot, Dominique : Incipit oratio Jeremiae prophetae, motet for 8 voices
  • Conductor: Christopher Watson
  • Notes: Eglise St. Laurent, Roujan, Languedoc Roussillon (08/09/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Britten, Benjamin : Sacred and profane, Op. 91 :: 7. Ye that pasen by
  • Conductor: Christopher Watson
  • Notes: Eglise St. Laurent, Roujan, Languedoc Roussillon (08/09/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Duggan, John : Lamentations, for chorus & trumpet
  • Performers: Robert Vanryne (Trumpet); Susanna Fairbairn
  • Conductor: Christopher Watson
  • Notes: Eglise St. Laurent, Roujan, Languedoc Roussillon (08/09/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ortiz, Pablo : O vos omnes, motet for chorus
  • Conductor: Christopher Watson
  • Notes: Eglise St. Laurent, Roujan, Languedoc Roussillon (08/09/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Mundy, John : De Lamentatione Jeremiae, for chorus
  • Conductor: Christopher Watson
  • Notes: Eglise St. Laurent, Roujan, Languedoc Roussillon (08/09/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O Vos Omnes ("Is it Nothing to You?"), motet for alto & chorus
  • Conductor: Christopher Watson
  • Notes: Eglise St. Laurent, Roujan, Languedoc Roussillon (08/09/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1922

>Mauersberger, Rudolf : Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst, for chorus
  • Conductor: Christopher Watson
  • Notes: Eglise St. Laurent, Roujan, Languedoc Roussillon (08/09/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945