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Brahms & Bruckner: Motets / Tenebrae, Nigel Short

Album Summary

>Bruckner, Anton : Aequale no 1 for 3 Trombones in C minor, WAB 114
>Bruckner, Anton : Virga Jesse, gradual for chorus in E minor, WAB 52
>Bruckner, Anton : Ecce sacerdos, antiphon for chorus, 3 trombones & organ in A minor, WAB 13
>Bruckner, Anton : Christus factus est (I) (Chorale-Mass), Mass for chorus in F major, WAB 9
>Bruckner, Anton : Locus iste, gradual for chorus in C major, WAB 23
>Brahms, Johannes : Fest- und Gedenksprüche (3) for double chorus, Op. 109
>Bruckner, Anton : Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, WAB 30
>Brahms, Johannes : Ave Maria, for female chorus in F major, Op. 12
>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45
>Bruckner, Anton : Ave Maria (III), motet for alto & organ (or harmonium) in F major, WAB 7
>Bruckner, Anton : Tota pulchra es, WAB 46
>Brahms, Johannes : Motets (3) for chorus, Op. 110
>Brahms, Johannes : Geistliches Lied, Op. 30
>Bruckner, Anton : Aequale no 2 for 3 Trombones in C minor, WAB 149
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Notes & Reviews:

Considered among the finest of contemporary vocal ensembles, the London-based Tenebrae conducted by Nigel Short have gained renown for their powerfully commanding recordings that range from medieval to contemporary works. Their latest release is no exception as Tenebrae give movingly gorgeous and intricate performances of a selection of motets by Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner. A portion of the proceeds from sales of this recording will be donated to MacMillan Cancer Support.

BBC Radio 3, 21st November 2015
If you wanted proof that the vocal ensemble Tenebrae is one of the most impressive professional chamber sized collectives around at the moment then it's just arrived ... every one of Bruckner's dynamic extremes is met with ease ... impressively this chamber choir equals or surpasses the best of the big choruses to have recorded these motets ... stunning singing, fine recorded sound.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2015
[Tenebrae] submit with impressive stamina and unfailing intonation to Bruckner's instrumental scoring and phrasing, which take little account of singers' reqirements for rest and oxygen... a pair of Bruckner's Aequali frame the programme, nobly done by three London orchestral trombonists and recorded to take full advantage of the acoustic of London's Temple Church.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2015
Nigel Short and Tenebrae have come up with a beautifully balanced and contrasted programme... The beauty of sound and dignified expression of intensity that Tenebrae create in the opening of the first choral number, Bruckner's Virga Jesse, would be impressive in themselves but with the ear prepared by the first Aequilis the effect is even more telling... what superb singing: technically immaculate, somehow lucid and voluptuously beautiful all at the same time.

MusicWeb International, 30th November 2015
Tenebrae, one of the finest choirs in Britain, turn their attention to this collection of Brahms and Bruckner, something to which they're ideally suited. British choirs have a distance from this music that means they don't have the baggage of their German counterparts and so can sing it with an airy distance and more of a feel for the lightness in the music, which is there if you look for it. From rich bottom to airy top, Tenebrae find it, suffusing this music with rich beauty and a lovely sense of wholeness ... The richly resonant acoustic of London's Temple Church undoubtedly helps, giving great life to the sound, captured brilliantly by producer Andrew Mellor, whose idea the disc was. Nigel Short's direction of the choir is first rate.

The Observer, 29th October 2015
The dense harmonies suit this well-established professional choir perfectly.

Classical Music, February 2016
Performances are everything we've come to expect from Tenebrae.

Organists Review, March/April 2016
Any recording by Tenebrae and Nigel Short will always be top drawer ... The choir, as ever, is on fine form.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
A fine recording, then, impressive in every technical way. Their singing is so intense and powerful. They make it sound easy, like a BMW doing 90 on the Autobahn. The ending of Geistliches Lied is a good example.

I should mention also that a portion of the revenues from this recording (a minimum of two pounds) will be donated to charity: Macmillan Cancer Support.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Temple Church, London (01/02/2015-01/04/2015).



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>Bruckner, Anton : Aequale no 1 for 3 Trombones in C minor, WAB 114
  • Performers: Patrick Jackman (Trombone); Mark Templeton (Trombone); Helen Vollam (Trombone)
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Ensemble: Tenebrae
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1847

>Bruckner, Anton : Virga Jesse, gradual for chorus in E minor, WAB 52
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1885

>Bruckner, Anton : Ecce sacerdos, antiphon for chorus, 3 trombones & organ in A minor, WAB 13
  • Performers: Geoff Clapham; Elizabeth Drury (Voice); Patrick Jackman (Trombone); Alexander Mason (Organ); Tom Robson; Greg Skidmore; Mark Templeton (Trombone); Helen Vollam (Trombone)
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1885

>Bruckner, Anton : Christus factus est (I) (Chorale-Mass), Mass for chorus in F major, WAB 9
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1844

>Bruckner, Anton : Locus iste, gradual for chorus in C major, WAB 23
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1869

>Brahms, Johannes : Fest- und Gedenksprüche (3) for double chorus, Op. 109
  • Performers: Geoff Clapham; Elizabeth Drury (Voice); Tom Robson; Greg Skidmore
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1886-1888

>Bruckner, Anton : Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, WAB 30
  • Performers: Geoff Clapham; Elizabeth Drury (Voice); Tom Robson; Greg Skidmore
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Ave Maria, for female chorus in F major, Op. 12
  • Performers: Geoff Clapham; Elizabeth Drury (Voice); Alexander Mason (Organ); Tom Robson; Greg Skidmore
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858

>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45 :: How Lovely are thy Dwellings
  • Performers: Geoff Clapham; Elizabeth Drury (Voice); Alexander Mason (Organ); Tom Robson; Greg Skidmore
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1857-1868

>Bruckner, Anton : Ave Maria (III), motet for alto & organ (or harmonium) in F major, WAB 7
  • Performers: Geoff Clapham; Elizabeth Drury (Voice); Tom Robson; Greg Skidmore
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1882

>Bruckner, Anton : Tota pulchra es, WAB 46
  • Performers: Jeremy Budd (Voice); Elizabeth Drury (Voice); Alexander Mason (Organ)
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1878

>Brahms, Johannes : Motets (3) for chorus, Op. 110
  • Performers: Geoff Clapham; Elizabeth Drury (Voice); Tom Robson; Greg Skidmore
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1889

>Brahms, Johannes : Geistliches Lied, Op. 30
  • Performers: Geoff Clapham; Elizabeth Drury (Voice); Alexander Mason (Organ); Tom Robson; Greg Skidmore
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1856

>Bruckner, Anton : Aequale no 2 for 3 Trombones in C minor, WAB 149
  • Performers: Patrick Jackman (Trombone); Mark Templeton (Trombone); Helen Vollam (Trombone)
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1847