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The Voice of the Turtle Dove - Sacred music by Sheppard, Davy, Mundy / The Sixteen

Album Summary

>Sheppard, John : Gaude Gaude Gaude Maria Virgo for 6 voices
>Mundy, William : Adolescentulus Sum Ego, for 6 voices
>Davy, Richard : O Domine Caeli Terraeque for 5 voices
>Sheppard, John : Libera nos, settings 1 & 2 for 6 voices
>Sheppard, John : In manus tuas Domine no 1
>Davy, Richard : Ah myn hart, remembir thee well, for 3 voices
>Sheppard, John : In manus tuas Domine no 3
>Mundy, William : Vox patris caelestis
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In 2014, The Sixteen returns to its roots, revisiting the golden age of Renaissance polyphony in England. In this new program, the award-winning ensemble presents a stunning selection of music by Richard Davy, John Sheppard, and William Mundy. Little is known about the life of Richard Davy, although he is the second most-represented of all the composers in the Eton Choirbook, and his beautifully florid style may well have had an impact on later composers. The mere fact that his music survived the Reformation is nothing short of a miracle. John Sheppard's musical style contains all the grandness and idiosyncrasies of English harmonic invention, as is aptly displayed on this recording, which includes one of the gems of Tudor music: the glorious seven-part Trinity antiphon Libera nos. William Mundy was one of the few composers whose career bridged the Reformation and allowed him to develop his style through a variety of important periods. His Votive antiphon, Vox patris caelestis, probably written for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, can be considered the culmination of the great antiphon tradition with its elaborate and virtuosic vocal writing and daunting range.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2014
The artistry of The Sixteen makes this disc worthwhile. More satisfying, however, would be if the group would re-engage with under- or never-recorded Tudor masterpieces, rather than with its own earlier performances.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2014
The soloists do well by [Davy's] Ah, mine heart, and Mundy's Vox patris caelestis, engagingly fleet of foot, belies its length and concludes the disc very satisfyingly.

International Record Review, May 2014
These performances have about them an aura of musical supremacy, which, coupled with the choir's technical magnifience and the recording's sumptuous sound, makes this an outstanding disc, even by the phenomenally high standards The Sixteen has long since made its own.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (11/2013).



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Works Details

>Sheppard, John : Gaude Gaude Gaude Maria Virgo for 6 voices
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 14 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Mundy, William : Adolescentulus Sum Ego, for 6 voices
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Davy, Richard : O Domine Caeli Terraeque for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 14 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sheppard, John : Libera nos, settings 1 & 2 for 6 voices
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sheppard, John : In manus tuas Domine no 1
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1553-1558

>Davy, Richard : Ah myn hart, remembir thee well, for 3 voices
  • Performers: Kirsty Hopkins; Eamonn Dougan (Baritone); Jeremy Budd (Voice)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sheppard, John : In manus tuas Domine no 3
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1553-1558

>Mundy, William : Vox patris caelestis
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 17 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance