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Haec Dies (This day) - Music for Easter: Works by Various Composers / Matthew Jorysz, organ; Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Graham Ross

Album Summary

>Lassus, Orlando de : Aurora lucis rutilat, motet for 10 voices, M. xxii (S. xxi/119)
>Taverner, John [Composer] : Dum transisset sabbatum (i), motet for 5 (another version exists for 4) voices
>Chant, Gregorian : Resurrexi, introit
>Scheidt, Samuel : Surrexit Christus Hodie
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Easter ("Rise heart"), song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (Mystical Songs no 1)
>Chant, Gregorian : Haec dies, gradual
>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
>Martin, Matthew : Haec dies, for chorus & organ
>Chant, Gregorian : Victimae paschali laudes, sequence in mode 1 for Easter (GR 198, Liber Usualis 780)
>Bassano, Giovanni : Dic nobis, Maria
>Chant, Gregorian : Terra tremuit, offertory
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Terra tremuit, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
>Lassus, Orlando de : Surrexit Pastor bonus, motet for 5 voices, M. ii (S. v/57)
>Haller, Michael : Surrexit pastor bonus, motet for 5 voices
>Byrd, William : Gradualia, Volume 2
>Lhéritier, Jean : Surrexit Pastor Bonus
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vespers (All-Night Vigil)
>Wesley, Samuel Sebastian : Blessed be the God and Father
>Hadley, Patrick : My Beloved Spake, anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Ye choirs of new Jerusalem, Op. 123
>Lassus, Orlando de : Aurora lucis rutilat (octavi toni), magnificat for 10 voices, H. xvii/124
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

That most elegant of mixed Oxbridge choirs (Gramophone), The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, directed by Graham Ross release their sixth recording in Ross's brilliantly conceived series based on the major festivals in the Anglican calendar. This Easter collection spans five centuries, including a world première by Matthew Martin, in a program exploring the rich tapestry of repertoire across Europe. Haec dies was produced by John Rutter, composer and former Director of Music at Clare College, in the glorious acoustics of All Hallows' Church.

CD Review, 19th March 2016
I love this recording; the selections and also the way you'll find the same Easter texts set by different composers alongside one another. Excellent singing, it's a lovely recording as well from sound engineer producer and editor John Rutter.

Financial Times, 18th March 2016
The tone is predominantly uplifting in its celebration of the Resurrection - lively rhythms in settings of "Haec dies" by Byrd and the contemporary Matthew Martin, heartwarming English harmonies from Hadley and Stanford. The choir ends with virtuoso singing in Lassus's Magnificat octavi toni super "Aurora lucis rutilat", like a slightly madcap encore.

MusicWeb International, March 2016
A good deal of thought has gone into the planning of this programme. Equally, it's obvious that the performances have been scrupulously prepared. Despite the annual change of personnel that is inevitably part and parcel of collegiate choirs the Clare College choir achieves remarkable consistency - and excellence. The performances here are in the best traditions of the house... This is a most desirable collection of Easter music.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2016
These are, all told, performances of real quality and intelligence, by a choir which has carved a highly distinctive niche for itself amid the Oxbridge scramble.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016
[Graham Ross] has taken the Oxbridge model of purity and precision - solid performances of core repertoire - and spiced it with an intelligent, unexpected approach to programming... light on their feet and silvery-bright in tone, the choir romp through Bassano's Dic nobis Maria and Byrd's setting of the title text... [and]LhTritier's Surrexit pastor bonus offers a moment of contemplative respite - poised and beautifully shaped.



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>Lassus, Orlando de : Aurora lucis rutilat, motet for 10 voices, M. xxii (S. xxi/119)
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Taverner, John [Composer] : Dum transisset sabbatum (i), motet for 5 (another version exists for 4) voices
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 7 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1530-1540

>Chant, Gregorian : Resurrexi, introit
  • Performer: Hugo Popplewell
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Scheidt, Samuel : Surrexit Christus Hodie
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Easter ("Rise heart"), song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (Mystical Songs no 1)
  • Performers: Matthew Jorysz (Organ); Hugo Popplewell
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1911

>Chant, Gregorian : Haec dies, gradual
  • Performer: Laurence Harris
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1580

>Martin, Matthew : Haec dies, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Matthew Jorysz (Organ)
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chant, Gregorian : Victimae paschali laudes, sequence in mode 1 for Easter (GR 198, Liber Usualis 780)
  • Performer: Charles Littlewood
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Bassano, Giovanni : Dic nobis, Maria
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Chant, Gregorian : Terra tremuit, offertory
  • Performer: James Proctor
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Terra tremuit, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1593

>Lassus, Orlando de : Surrexit Pastor bonus, motet for 5 voices, M. ii (S. v/57)
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Haller, Michael : Surrexit pastor bonus, motet for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Byrd, William : Gradualia, Volume 2
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Lhéritier, Jean : Surrexit Pastor Bonus
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vespers (All-Night Vigil) :: Dnes' spaseniye
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Wesley, Samuel Sebastian : Blessed be the God and Father
  • Performers: Alice Halstead; Matthew Jorysz (Organ)
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833/1884

>Hadley, Patrick : My Beloved Spake, anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Matthew Jorysz (Organ)
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1936

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Ye choirs of new Jerusalem, Op. 123
  • Performer: Matthew Jorysz (Organ)
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Lassus, Orlando de : Aurora lucis rutilat (octavi toni), magnificat for 10 voices, H. xvii/124
  • Performers: Laurence Booth-Clibborn; Alice Halstead; Charles Littlewood; Alexander Peter (Timpani); Hugo Popplewell; Eleanor Warner; Mark Williams
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral