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Vigilate! - works for choir by Byrd, Tallis, Phillips, Morley, Tomkins, White. Monteverdi Choir, Gardiner

Album Summary

>Philips, Peter : Cantiones sacrae, pro praecipuis festis totius anni et communi sanctorum
>White, Robert : Christe, qui lux es et dies
>Tallis, Thomas : Suscipe quaeso, motet for 7 voices, P. 222
>Tallis, Thomas : In manus tuas
>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
>Byrd, William : Civitas sancti tui
>Byrd, William : Turn our captivity, O Lord, anthem for 6 voices (SSAATB)
>Byrd, William : Nunc Dimittis servum tuam, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum
>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Nolo mortem peccatoris, anthem for 4 voices
>White, Robert : Lectio I and II, Feria V in Cona Domini. Heth - Peccatum peccavit Jerusalem
>Byrd, William : Gradualia, Volume 1
>Tomkins, Thomas : Almighty God, the Fountain of All Wisdom, for 5 voices & organ
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Notes & Reviews:

This album brings together six English composers whose combined careers span more than a century - Byrd, Tallis, Morley, Philips, White and Tomkins. The title Vigilate! (Be watchful!) epitomises the clandestine character of recusant music-making in Elizabethan England, by undercover Catholic composers of the time. The pieces on this recording display the richly imaginative, devout and diverse responses of musical craftsmen who worked with unfailing creativity in difficult times. The album comes in our usual casebook packaging and contains a 36 pages booklet with notes by Kerry McCarthy and texts in German, English and French. In March 2014, the Monteverdi Choir will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2014
The 16th and 17th centuries were turbulent times in England...The works on this disc expose those liturgical struggles very clearly...The fairly large forces tend to produce an unusually robust sound for this repertory, though musicality is never lost.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2014
It is rare nowadays for the Monteverdi Choir to venture as early as the English Renaissance; and it equally rare to hear a motet recital of this period sung by an ensemble that is so audibly a mixed choir with a forceful personality at the helm...Refreshing on one level, this very directed approach seems a throwback to another age.

MusicWeb International, 26th June 2014
This set of performances offers a different perspective on this music compared to what one would experience from hearing a smaller consort sing it. I welcome both approaches and I find Gardiner and his superb choir are very persuasive and stimulating guides to this repertoire.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Gardiner's performances are at the opposite pole from the dispassionate, take-it-orleave- it readings of some early-music vocal ensembles. He unabashedly goes after the expressive character of each piece. As a result there is great variety in personality from the exuberant Italian-style fanfare of Peter Philips's 'Ecce Vicit Leo' to the subdued, valedictory quality of Byrd's expansively meditative Nunc Dimittis from the Gradualia. In Byrd's 'Vigilate' the consonants are stressed to an almost percussive degree. They are almost naively blatant here.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Giles Cripplegate, London, England (06/11/2013-06/15/2013).



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>Philips, Peter : Cantiones sacrae, pro praecipuis festis totius anni et communi sanctorum
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir
  • Notes: St Giles Cripplegate, London, England (06/11/2013-06/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>White, Robert : Christe, qui lux es et dies
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir
  • Notes: St Giles Cripplegate, London, England (06/11/2013-06/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tallis, Thomas : Suscipe quaeso, motet for 7 voices, P. 222
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir
  • Notes: St Giles Cripplegate, London, England (06/11/2013-06/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Tallis, Thomas : In manus tuas
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir
  • Notes: St Giles Cripplegate, London, England (06/11/2013-06/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575

>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir
  • Notes: St Giles Cripplegate, London, England (06/11/2013-06/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1580

>Byrd, William : Civitas sancti tui
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir
  • Notes: St Giles Cripplegate, London, England (06/11/2013-06/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1589

>Byrd, William : Turn our captivity, O Lord, anthem for 6 voices (SSAATB)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir
  • Notes: St Giles Cripplegate, London, England (06/11/2013-06/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Nunc Dimittis servum tuam, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir
  • Notes: St Giles Cripplegate, London, England (06/11/2013-06/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir
  • Notes: St Giles Cripplegate, London, England (06/11/2013-06/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Nolo mortem peccatoris, anthem for 4 voices
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir
  • Notes: St Giles Cripplegate, London, England (06/11/2013-06/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>White, Robert : Lectio I and II, Feria V in Cona Domini. Heth - Peccatum peccavit Jerusalem
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir
  • Notes: St Giles Cripplegate, London, England (06/11/2013-06/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Gradualia, Volume 1
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir
  • Notes: St Giles Cripplegate, London, England (06/11/2013-06/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tomkins, Thomas : Almighty God, the Fountain of All Wisdom, for 5 voices & organ
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir
  • Notes: St Giles Cripplegate, London, England (06/11/2013-06/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance