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Libera Nos: The Cry of the Oppressed - Works by Byrd, Tallis, Cardoso & Monte / Contrapunctus

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : Civitas sancti tui
>Tallis, Thomas : Libera nos, salva nos, for 5 viols
>de Monte, Philippe : Super Flumina Babylonis, for 8 voices
>Byrd, William : Quomodo cantabimus, motet for 8 voices (SSAATTBB)
>Cardoso, Manuel : Sitivit anima mea, motet
>Peerson, Martin : Laboravi in gemitu meo
>Byrd, William : Cantiones sacrae, Book 2
>Cristo, Pedro de : Lachrimans Sitivit Anima Mea
>Byrd, William : Plorans Ploravit, motet for 5 voices (SAATB)
>Tallis, Thomas : In jejunio et fletu
>Tallis, Thomas : Absterge Domine
>Cristo, Pedro de : Inter Vestibulum
>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
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Notes & Reviews:

Coupling powerful interpretations with path-breaking scholarship, the choir Contrapunctus presents music by the best-known composers as well as unfamiliar masterpieces. Directed by Owen Rees, the group presents an imaginative program of previously undiscovered musical treasures and that throws new light on familiar works.

The Observer, 4th August 2013
This debut recording by the clean-voiced and agile Contrapunctus ensemble includes a genuine discovery, perhaps expected when scholar/conductor Owen Rees is in charge...More, please.

The Times, 17th August 2013
Anguished masterpieces are juxtaposed with discoveries, including a convincing new vocal version of Tallis's (hitherto instrumental) Libera nos. Pristine performances by Owen Rees's Contrapunctus choir, with a slightly odd bass-voice prominence.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2013
The familiarity of Contrapunctus with this repertoire will come as little surprise. There is considerable security and confidence in their interpretations...A recital better dipped into than taken in at a sitting; but, at its best, intriguing and rewarding on its own terms.

MusicWeb International, 12th November 2013
Contrapunctus was founded in 2010 and this is their first disc. They could hardly have made a better debut. The singing is superb: the voices are beautiful and their blending is perfect, without ever losing their individual character...The texts may not spread happiness but the singing can hardly fail to please.

International Record Review, November 2013
The results are impressive indeed... The three Portuguese works, by Cardoso and Pedro de Cristo, provide very interesting company for the English pieces not only for thematic reasons but for their stylistic differences and similarities... The sound of the ensemble is in general rounded and well blended... The choir's sound is beautifully captured by Signum's teams.

Early Music Review, December 2013
The 'reconstitution' of Tallis Libera nos as a brief choral work is very effective and the inclusion of the rich music of the 17th-century recusant Peerson is a welcome revelation... The singing of caprapunctus is very beautiful through-out and, essentially for this impassioned repertoire highly expressive and powerful.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (11/26/2012-11/28/2012).



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Works Details

>Byrd, William : Civitas sancti tui
  • Conductor: Owen Rees
  • Ensemble: Contrapunctus
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (11/26/2012-11/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1589

>Tallis, Thomas : Libera nos, salva nos, for 5 viols
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (11/26/2012-11/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>de Monte, Philippe : Super Flumina Babylonis, for 8 voices
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (11/26/2012-11/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Quomodo cantabimus, motet for 8 voices (SSAATTBB)
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (11/26/2012-11/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1584

>Cardoso, Manuel : Sitivit anima mea, motet
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (11/26/2012-11/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Peerson, Martin : Laboravi in gemitu meo
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (11/26/2012-11/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Byrd, William : Cantiones sacrae, Book 2
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (11/26/2012-11/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Cristo, Pedro de : Lachrimans Sitivit Anima Mea
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (11/26/2012-11/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Plorans Ploravit, motet for 5 voices (SAATB)
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (11/26/2012-11/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tallis, Thomas : In jejunio et fletu
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (11/26/2012-11/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Tallis, Thomas : Absterge Domine
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (11/26/2012-11/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Cristo, Pedro de : Inter Vestibulum
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (11/26/2012-11/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (11/26/2012-11/28/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral