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John Sheppard: Sacred Choral Music - Missa Cantate; Hymns, Responds, Antiphons / Choir of St. Mary's Cathedral

Album Summary

>Sheppard, John : Libera nos, settings 1 & 2 for 6 voices
>Sheppard, John : Reges Tharsis et insulae
>Sheppard, John : Gaude Virgo Christipera for 6 voices
>Sheppard, John : Sacris solemniis iuncta sit gaudia
>Sheppard, John : Paschal Kyrie, for 6 voices
>Sheppard, John : Cantate Mass
>Sheppard, John : Adesto sancta Trinitas (II)
>Sheppard, John : Hodie nobis caelorum rex
>Sheppard, John : Verbum caro factum est
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Following Gramophone Editor's Choices for their recent excursions into the sacred music of Bruckner and of Gabriel Jackson, Duncan Ferguson and the Choir of St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh return, in their fourth disc together, to the epoch of their first recorded triumph - the early sixteenth century. Their 2010 Taverner disc won plaudits for its exhilarating freshness and panache, and the choir brings the same musical and liturgical integrity to music by Taverner's near contemporary John Sheppard, Informator Choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford (where Ferguson himself was a more recent organ scholar). This wide-ranging collection is centered around Sheppard's most extended and ecstatic composition, the Missa Cantate.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
The choir of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, has admitted girls as well as boys to the treble section since 1978. The choral sound is generally good.

The Times, 11th January 2014
This revelatory disc offers compelling evidence that [Sheppard] has been grossly underrated... The polyphony is rich, the use of dissonance masterly, and great arches of music compellingly sustained...[the choir] sings with fervour and plangent clarity.

The Observer, 19th January 2014
His fantastically elaborate Gaude virgo Christiphera suits the delightfully deft voices of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, as does another revelation: Hodie nobis caelorum rex...with a little choir of trebles and a tenor singing Gloria in Excelsis way off in the distance. Magical.

The Independent, 25th January 2014
These pieces show [Sheppard] to be fully the equal of Byrd, Tallis and Taverner. With its ecstatic, keening trebles layered over a densely woven bed of lower-register voices, 'Libera nos, salva nos I' makes a sublime short opener... 'Reges Tharsis et insulae' exploits the cathedral's wonderful acoustics to the fullest.

Sunday Times, 23rd February 2014
[Sheppard] is no mean composer. Here are beautifully shaped performances of the great Missa Cantate, the serenely luxuriant Libera nos, salva nos I and other works with rich and perpetually active textures.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2014
Perhaps the most striking feature of this recording from the Choir of St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh is the way in which the trebles seem perfectly integrated within the ensemble...The rest of the choir is equally well matched and solid, and the whole is recorded with admirable presence and clarity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland (2013-01-29_2013-01-31&2013-).



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>Sheppard, John : Libera nos, settings 1 & 2 for 6 voices
  • Performer: Duncan Ferguson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Duncan Ferguson
  • Ensemble: Choir of St. Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh
  • Notes: St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland (2013-01-29_2013-01-31&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sheppard, John : Reges Tharsis et insulae
  • Performer: Duncan Ferguson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Duncan Ferguson
  • Notes: St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland (2013-01-29_2013-01-31&2013-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1553-1558

>Sheppard, John : Gaude Virgo Christipera for 6 voices
  • Performers: Andrew Bennett; Christopher Borrett; Sam Carl; Sam Clarke; Anna Cooper (Treble); Duncan Ferguson (Organ); Sam Jenkins; Michael Wood (Alto)
  • Conductor: Duncan Ferguson
  • Notes: St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland (2013-01-29_2013-01-31&2013-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sheppard, John : Sacris solemniis iuncta sit gaudia
  • Performer: Duncan Ferguson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Duncan Ferguson
  • Notes: St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland (2013-01-29_2013-01-31&2013-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1553-1558

>Sheppard, John : Paschal Kyrie, for 6 voices
  • Performer: Duncan Ferguson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Duncan Ferguson
  • Notes: St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland (2013-01-29_2013-01-31&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Sheppard, John : Cantate Mass
  • Performers: Andrew Bennett; Christopher Borrett; Oliver Brewer (Tenor); Max Carsley (Treble); Sam Clarke; Anna Cooper (Treble); Matthew Davies; Duncan Ferguson (Organ); Sam Jenkins; Michael Wood (Alto)
  • Conductor: Duncan Ferguson
  • Notes: St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland (2013-01-29_2013-01-31&2013-)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Sheppard, John : Adesto sancta Trinitas (II)
  • Performer: Duncan Ferguson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Duncan Ferguson
  • Notes: St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland (2013-01-29_2013-01-31&2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sheppard, John : Hodie nobis caelorum rex
  • Performers: Katie Bradshaw (Treble); Max Carsley (Treble); Sam Clarke (Treble); Duncan Ferguson (Organ); Peter Gill (Treble)
  • Conductor: Duncan Ferguson
  • Notes: St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland (2013-01-29_2013-01-31&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sheppard, John : Verbum caro factum est
  • Performer: Duncan Ferguson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Duncan Ferguson
  • Notes: St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland (2013-01-29_2013-01-31&2013-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1553-1558