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'The Deer's Cry' - William Byrd: Pieces (6) from Cantiones sacrae; Arvo Pärt: Nunc dimittis; The Deer's Cry; Thomas Tallis / The Sixteen, Christophers

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : Diliges Dominum, motet for 8 voices (SSAATTBB)
>Byrd, William : Christe qui lux es (a 5), motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Pärt, Arvo : The Deer's Cry, for chorus
>Byrd, William : Emendemus in melius, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Pärt, Arvo : The Woman with the Alabaster Box
>Byrd, William : Miserere mihi, Domine, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
>Byrd, William : Ad Dominum cum tribularer, motet for 8 voices (SSAATTBB) (text missing)
>Tallis, Thomas : Miserere nostri, motet for 7 voices, P. 207
>Tallis, Thomas : Salvator mundi (II) (also set as "When Jesus went"), motet for 5 voices, P. 219
>Byrd, William : O lux beata Trinitas, motet for 6 voices (SSAATB)
>Pärt, Arvo : Nunc dimittis, for chorus
>Byrd, William : Laetentur coeli
>Byrd, William : Tribue Domine
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Notes & Reviews:

While coming from very different eras, William Byrd and Arvo Pärt are both considered masters of sacred music despite having faced considerable persecution for their work. This program presents six of William Byrd's works from the Cantiones sacrae, including the monumental Tribue Domine and the mighty eight-voice motet Ad Dominum cum tribularer. The three works by Arvo Pärt speak in his unmistakable voice, with its unique blend of ancient and modern, and include his mesmerizing Nunc dimittis.

The Guardian, 31st January 2016
It's fascinating to compare Tallis and PSrt's different but complementary treatments of the Woman with the Alabaster Box parable. Music and singing of hypnotic beauty." Sunday Times, 31st January 2016"The Sixteen perform music of composers born four centuries apart, both persecuted for their religious faith...In each case their choral writing has a simplicity and intensity, perfectly suited to the blended sound of the Sixteen.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2016
Those favouring sonic beauty above all else will find 'The Deer's Cry' an essential addition. Larger forces and fuller voices give The Sixteen a textural depth Stile Antico and The Tallis Scholars neither seek nor attain, thickening the sound without obscuring the architectural workings of these complex pieces of polyphony...it's hard to wish greater restraint of such glorious singing.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2016
[The Deer's Cry] is a deceptively easy-looking piece on the page, but keeping its halting, minimalist ground-rhythm pulsing meaningfully, and building the slow-burn crescendo over several minutes requires advanced levels of technical proficiency. That, of course, is what The Sixteen majors in, and its performance combines a scrupulous accuracy with a pregnant sense of ritual and contemplative mystery.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (10/26/2015-10/28/2015).



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Works Details

>Byrd, William : Diliges Dominum, motet for 8 voices (SSAATTBB)
  • Performer: Kirsty Hopkins
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (10/26/2015-10/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575

>Byrd, William : Christe qui lux es (a 5), motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Performer: Kirsty Hopkins
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (10/26/2015-10/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Pärt, Arvo : The Deer's Cry, for chorus
  • Performer: Camilla Harris
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (10/26/2015-10/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Byrd, William : Emendemus in melius, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Performer: Camilla Harris
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (10/26/2015-10/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Pärt, Arvo : The Woman with the Alabaster Box
  • Performer: Camilla Harris
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (10/26/2015-10/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Byrd, William : Miserere mihi, Domine, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (10/26/2015-10/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Ad Dominum cum tribularer, motet for 8 voices (SSAATTBB) (text missing)
  • Performer: Kirsty Hopkins
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (10/26/2015-10/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tallis, Thomas : Miserere nostri, motet for 7 voices, P. 207
  • Performer: Kirsty Hopkins
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (10/26/2015-10/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Tallis, Thomas : Salvator mundi (II) (also set as "When Jesus went"), motet for 5 voices, P. 219
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (10/26/2015-10/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Byrd, William : O lux beata Trinitas, motet for 6 voices (SSAATB)
  • Performer: Camilla Harris
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (10/26/2015-10/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575

>Pärt, Arvo : Nunc dimittis, for chorus
  • Performer: Emma Brain-Gabbott
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (10/26/2015-10/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Byrd, William : Laetentur coeli
  • Performer: Kirsty Hopkins
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (10/26/2015-10/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1589

>Byrd, William : Tribue Domine :: Te depricor; Part III
  • Performer: Camilla Harris
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (10/26/2015-10/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575