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'Poetry in Music' - Choral works of Britten, Howells, Ramsey, Rubbra, Tippett and Tomkins / The Sixteen; Harry Christophers

Album Summary

>Harris, William H. : Faire Is the Heaven, for chorus
>Tippett, Michael : Dance, Clarion Air, madrigal for chorus
>Weelkes, Thomas : When David heard
>MacMillan, James : The Gallant Weaver, for a cappella chorus
>Gurney, Ivor : Since I believe in God the Father Almighty, for double chorus
>Ramsey, Robert : When David Heard
>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27
>Rubbra, Edmund [Composer] : 3 Motets, Op. 76
>East, Michael : When David Heard that Absalon was Slain
>Howells, Herbert : Take him, earth, for cherishing
>Pearsall, Robert Lucas : Lay a Garland, for 8 voices
>Rubbra, Edmund [Composer] : 5 Motets, Op. 37
>Tomkins, Thomas : When David heard
>Harris, William H. : Bring Us, O Lord God, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

Does music add substance to words, or is music inspired by them? The transcendent nature of music and the power of poetry to challenge and alter perceptions of reality - harnessed by English composers over many centuries - flow through a program that invites contemplation of life and death, love and loss, creation and eternity. In a journey covering six centuries of musical history, The Sixteen performs a cappella anthems with powerful texts by writers as varied as Edmund Spenser, Christopher Fry, and W.H. Auden.

The Independent
A flawless performance [showcasing their] focus, firmness, and beauty of sound.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2015
It is clear that this is something really special. That specialness comes not just from the fact that The Sixteen elevate everything they perform through their opulent musicality and supreme clarity of tone, but from Harry Christophers's intuitive grasp of the marriage of music and words.

New York Times, 25th November 2015
The British composers represented here, covering five centuries, all chose distinguished texts and responded with extraordinary music...The performances are beautiful and brilliant.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Readers of my reviews will know that I have long admired Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. The present recording fully sustains my high regard. These performances are models of vocal refinement, choral discipline, and interpretive sensitivity. I describe the recorded clear and, in its way, quite radiant.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (02/10/2015-02/11/2015).



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>Harris, William H. : Faire Is the Heaven, for chorus
  • Performer: Ruth Provost (Voice)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (02/10/2015-02/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Tippett, Michael : Dance, Clarion Air, madrigal for chorus
  • Performers: Jeremy Budd (Voice); Ben Davies (Tenor); Kirsty Hopkins; Ruth Provost (Voice)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (02/10/2015-02/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1952

>Weelkes, Thomas : When David heard
  • Performers: Alex Ashworth (Baritone); Jeremy Budd (Voice); Julie Cooper (Soprano); Grace Davidson (Soprano); Ben Davies (Tenor); Mark Dobell (Tenor); Emilia Morton; Ruth Provost (Voice)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (02/10/2015-02/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>MacMillan, James : The Gallant Weaver, for a cappella chorus
  • Performer: Charlotte Mobbs (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (02/10/2015-02/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Gurney, Ivor : Since I believe in God the Father Almighty, for double chorus
  • Performer: Charlotte Mobbs (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (02/10/2015-02/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 07/1925

>Ramsey, Robert : When David Heard
  • Performers: Alex Ashworth (Baritone); Joshua Cooter; Grace Davidson (Soprano); Ben Davies (Tenor); Mark Dobell (Tenor); Sally Dunkley (Soprano); Kirsty Hopkins; Tim Jones; Charlotte Mobbs (Soprano); Emilia Morton; Stuart Young
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (02/10/2015-02/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27
  • Performers: Julie Cooper (Soprano); Ben Davies (Tenor); Mark Dobell (Tenor); Kirsty Hopkins; Charlotte Mobbs (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (02/10/2015-02/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1942

>Rubbra, Edmund [Composer] : 3 Motets, Op. 76 :: There is a spirit
  • Performers: Julie Cooper (Soprano); Ruth Provost (Voice)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (02/10/2015-02/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1952

>East, Michael : When David Heard that Absalon was Slain
  • Performers: Alex Ashworth (Baritone); Jeremy Budd (Voice); Julie Cooper (Soprano); Ben Davies (Tenor); Sally Dunkley (Soprano); Tim Jones; Emilia Morton; George Pooley (Treble); Ruth Provost (Voice); Stuart Young
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (02/10/2015-02/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Howells, Herbert : Take him, earth, for cherishing
  • Performer: Ruth Provost (Voice)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (02/10/2015-02/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1964

>Pearsall, Robert Lucas : Lay a Garland, for 8 voices
  • Performer: Ruth Provost (Voice)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (02/10/2015-02/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1840

>Rubbra, Edmund [Composer] : 5 Motets, Op. 37 :: Eternitie
  • Performer: Charlotte Mobbs (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (02/10/2015-02/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Tomkins, Thomas : When David heard
  • Performers: Joshua Cooter; Grace Davidson (Soprano); Kirsty Hopkins; Tim Jones; Charlotte Mobbs (Soprano); George Pooley (Treble); Stuart Young
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (02/10/2015-02/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1622

>Harris, William H. : Bring Us, O Lord God, for chorus
  • Performer: Charlotte Mobbs (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (02/10/2015-02/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959