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Stabat Mater Dolorosa: Music for Passiontide / Choir of Clare College, Ross

Audio Samples

>Chant, Gregorian : Stabat mater dolorosa, sequence in mode 2 (In festo septem dolorum)
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : O vos omnes, responsory for 4 voices
>Lassus, Orlando de : Tristis est anima mea
>Chant, Gregorian : Stabat Mater
>Tallis, Thomas : In jejunio et fletu
>Stainer, John : God So Loved the World
>Gesualdo, Carlo : Caligaverunt oculi mei, responsory for 6 voices, W. 7/64
>Ross, Graham : Ut tecum lugeam, for chorus
>Sanders, John : Reproaches
>Lotti, Antonio : Crucifixus a 8
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint John Passion, BWV 245
>Byrd, William : Ave verum corpus
>     "O Lord, God of Israel"), motet for 4 voices (SATB)
>Tallis, Thomas : Absterge Domine
>Bruckner, Anton : Christus factus est (I) (Chorale-Mass), Mass for chorus in F major, WAB 9
>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum
>     Ne irascaris / Civitas sancti tui
>Ross, Graham : Precor te, Domine, for chorus
>Duruflé, Maurice : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10

Album Summary

>Chant, Gregorian : Stabat mater dolorosa, sequence in mode 2 (In festo septem dolorum)
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : O vos omnes, responsory for 4 voices
>Lassus, Orlando de : Tristis est anima mea
>Chant, Gregorian : Stabat Mater
>Tallis, Thomas : In jejunio et fletu
>Stainer, John : God So Loved the World
>Gesualdo, Carlo : Caligaverunt oculi mei, responsory for 6 voices, W. 7/64
>Ross, Graham : Ut tecum lugeam, for chorus
>Sanders, John : Reproaches
>Lotti, Antonio : Crucifixus a 8
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint John Passion, BWV 245
>Byrd, William : Ave verum corpus
>Tallis, Thomas : Absterge Domine
>Bruckner, Anton : Christus factus est (I) (Chorale-Mass), Mass for chorus in F major, WAB 9
>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum
>Ross, Graham : Precor te, Domine, for chorus
>Duruflé, Maurice : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following on the huge success of Veni Emmanuel, their recording of music for Advent, Graham Ross and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge return with Stabat mater dolorosa - a richly-varied collection of music for Passiontide. On it, polyphonic settings of the great texts of Holy Week are interwoven with a plainchant rendition of the mournful Stabat Mater - the traditional medieval poem meditating on the death of Jesus and the grief of his mother. Ross and his choir offer heartfelt performances of these staples of the sacred repertoire.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2014
The style of singing here is intimately attuned to the time of year these pieces are intended for...the relative narrowness of the disc's emotional spectrum means consuming it in one sitting is probably inadvisable. Dipped into selectively, though, it is full of highly sentient, technically excellent performances, and is atmospherically recorded.

Choir & Organ, March/April 2014
Warm yet pure-toned emotion pours from these 27 voices, and a fine corps of basses grounds the whole with exemplary gravitas.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2014
It is not to be ignored that this is a very young choir - the lightness of the bass-line is particularly apparently in [the Sanders Reproaches]...The singing and, above all, direction are of such consummate musicianship that those small perceived imperfections barely matter at all.

The Times, August 2014
Without the harrowing visual element one can more easily appreciate how intensely moving these cantatas are in their own right. Sacrifice may be the theme but sensuality predominates. Beautiful, cleanly etched singing and playing.



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Works Details

>Chant, Gregorian : Stabat mater dolorosa, sequence in mode 2 (In festo septem dolorum)
  • Performer: Charles Littlewood
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Clare College Choir, Cambridge
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : O vos omnes, responsory for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Lassus, Orlando de : Tristis est anima mea
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Stabat Mater
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Tallis, Thomas : In jejunio et fletu
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Stainer, John : God So Loved the World
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Stabat Mater
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Gesualdo, Carlo : Caligaverunt oculi mei, responsory for 6 voices, W. 7/64
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1611

>Ross, Graham : Ut tecum lugeam, for chorus
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Chant, Gregorian : Stabat Mater
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Sanders, John : Reproaches
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 10 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chant, Gregorian : Stabat Mater
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Lotti, Antonio : Crucifixus à 8
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1690-1739

>Chant, Gregorian : Stabat Mater
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint John Passion, BWV 245
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 04/07/1724

>Byrd, William : Ave verum corpus :: "O Lord, God of Israel"), motet for 4 voices (SATB)
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1605

>Chant, Gregorian : Stabat Mater
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Tallis, Thomas : Absterge Domine
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Bruckner, Anton : Christus factus est (I) (Chorale-Mass), Mass for chorus in F major, WAB 9
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1844

>Chant, Gregorian : Stabat Mater
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum :: Ne irascaris / Civitas sancti tui
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Stabat Mater
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Ross, Graham : Precor te, Domine, for chorus
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 7 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Chant, Gregorian : Stabat Mater
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1960