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Great Britain - Choral works by Britten, Harvey, MacMillan, Tavener & Davies / Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart

Album Summary

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Corpus Christi, with Cat and Mouse, for SATB chorus, J. 260
>MacMillan, James : Alleluia, for 13-part chorus
>Harvey, Jonathan : How could the soul take flight, for double chorus
>Tavener, John : Schuon Hymnen, for chorus
>Britten, Benjamin : Sacred and Profane, medieval lyrics (8) for SSATB chorus, Op. 91
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Great Britain's music culture is marked by a centuries-old tradition of choral singing, as is shown, for instance, in the institution of college choirs. Church policy had a beneficial effect on the development of sacred music. After the Anglican Church separated from Rome in the 16th c. and the abbeys were secularized, many cathedral choirs were founded which took over the Holy Office from the monastic communities. The fact that sacred choral music in the British Isles is still written largely with an orientation to liturgical purposes must be understood as an effect of this constellation. The close relationship between the way composers and performers work, moreover, explains the tendency of a large portion of this art to be addressed to the general public. Marcus Creed directs the SWR Vokalensemble in a program of 20th-21st c. choral music by five outstanding, legendary figures of British music: Maxwell Davies, the Scotsman James Macmillan, Jonathan Harvey, John Taverner and Benjamin Britten.

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Recording information: Christuskirche Gänsheide, Stuttgart (05/16/2014/05/17/2014); SWR Funkstudio Stuttgart (05/16/2014/05/17/2014); Christuskirche Gänsheide, Stuttgart (05/21/2014/05/22/2014); SWR Funkstudio Stuttgart (05/21/2014/05/22/2014).



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>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Corpus Christi, with Cat and Mouse, for SATB chorus, J. 260
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
  • Notes: SWR Funkstudio Stuttgart (05/16/2014/05/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>MacMillan, James : Alleluia, for 13-part chorus
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
  • Notes: Christuskirche Gänsheide, Stuttgart (05/21/2014/05/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Harvey, Jonathan : How could the soul take flight, for double chorus
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
  • Notes: SWR Funkstudio Stuttgart (05/16/2014/05/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tavener, John : Schuon Hymnen, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
  • Notes: Christuskirche Gänsheide, Stuttgart (05/21/2014/05/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Britten, Benjamin : Sacred and Profane, medieval lyrics (8) for SSATB chorus, Op. 91
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
  • Notes: SWR Funkstudio Stuttgart (05/16/2014/05/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975