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My Beloved's Voice: Sacred Songs of Love inspired by the songs of Solomon / Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge, Mark Williams

Album Summary

>Brumel, Antoine : Sicut Lilium Inter Spinas for 4 voices
>Walker, Robert : As the apple tree, for chorus
>Hadley, Patrick : My Beloved Spake, anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Duruflé, Maurice : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10
>Skempton, Howard : Rise up, my love, for choir
>Skempton, Howard : How Fair Is Thy Love, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : My Beloved Is Gone Down, for chorus
>Skempton, Howard : How Fair and Pleasant, for chorus
>Muhly, Nico : Set Me as a Seal
>Clemens Non Papa, Jacobus : Ego flos campi
>Vierne, Louis : Pieces de Fantaisie
>Willan, Healey : Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One, motet for chorus, HWC 314
>Willan, Healey : I Beheld Her, Beautiful as a Dove, motet for chorus, HWC 312
>Casals, Pablo [Cello] : Nigra Sum for chorus & organ (or piano)
>de Rivafrecha, Martin : Anima mea, for chorus
>Grieg, Edvard : Hvad est du dog skjon (How Fair Thou Art), for baritone & choru (Psalm no 1)s, Op. 74/1
>Bairstow, Edward : I Sat Down under His Shadow for chorus
>Walton, William : Set me as a seal upon thine heart
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : My lovely one, anthem
>Wesley, Samuel Sebastian : Blessed be the God and Father
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Mark Williams leads the Choir of the Jesus College Cambridge through an evocative selection of choral works inspired in different ways by the songs of Solomon. Songs of love have been written from the earliest records of human existence. None are more passionately ecstatic than the Song of Solomon, which occupies a unique place in the Holy Bible in both style and content. It contains lyric poems of love and courtship, as might have been sung at Jewish weddings. For Christians, these poems speak to the beauty of the union of Christ and his 'bride', the Church. The present collection presents a diverse group of choral works written between the 16th century and the present day, with most inspired by this unique sacred text.

Choir & Organ, November 2014
The two sounds [of the mixed and male voice choirs] are well differentiated, the fresh clarity of the boys contrasting with the more mature sounds of the young women ... [a] cleverly devised programme.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2014
Running as a connecting thread through this wide-ranging music is the Song of Solomon...all add up to a disc whose love songs are as fresh and lovely as their texts.

Sunday Times, 27th June 2014
Sung with exquisite blend and shape.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
The performances are at a high standard. These choral forces can hold their own against their better known Cambridge collegiate choirs. Head chorister Alasdair Austin does an excellent job with the solo in the Wesley anthem. Basses are rock solid on the final notes of Bairstow's 'I Sat Down' and Walton's 'Set Me as a Seal'. This is one I'm very glad to have.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013).



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Works Details

>Brumel, Antoine : Sicut Lilium Inter Spinas for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Mark Williams
  • Ensemble: Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Walker, Robert : As the apple tree, for chorus
  • Performer: Benjamin Morris (Organ)
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Hadley, Patrick : My Beloved Spake, anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Robert Dixon (Organ)
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1936

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1960

>Skempton, Howard : Rise up, my love, for choir
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Skempton, Howard : How Fair Is Thy Love, for chorus
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Skempton, Howard : My Beloved Is Gone Down, for chorus
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Skempton, Howard : How Fair and Pleasant, for chorus
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Muhly, Nico : Set Me as a Seal
  • Performer: Benjamin Morris (Organ)
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Clemens Non Papa, Jacobus : Ego flos campi
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1540

>Vierne, Louis : Pièces de Fantaisie :: Aubade
  • Performer: Robert Dixon (Organ)
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1927

>Willan, Healey : Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One, motet for chorus, HWC 314
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Willan, Healey : I Beheld Her, Beautiful as a Dove, motet for chorus, HWC 312
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Casals, Pablo [Cello] : Nigra Sum for chorus & organ (or piano)
  • Performer: Benjamin Morris (Organ)
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>de Rivafrecha, Martin : Anima mea, for chorus
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Grieg, Edvard : Hvad est du dog skjon (How Fair Thou Art), for baritone & choru (Psalm no 1)s, Op. 74/1
  • Performer: Michael Mofidian
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Bairstow, Edward : I Sat Down under His Shadow for chorus
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925

>Walton, William : Set me as a seal upon thine heart
  • Performers: Declan Corr; Katie Matthews
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : My lovely one, anthem
  • Performer: Robert Dixon (Organ)
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1946

>Wesley, Samuel Sebastian : Blessed be the God and Father
  • Performers: Alasdair Austin (Treble); Robert Dixon (Organ)
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833/1884