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Choral Music of Byrd, Britten / Mark Williams, The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth, anthem for 6 voices (SAATTB)
>Britten, Benjamin : A Hymn of Saint Columba
>Byrd, William : Nunc Dimittis servum tuam, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Britten, Benjamin : Jubilate Deo
>Byrd, William : Ave verum corpus
>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Peter, Op. 56a
>Byrd, William : Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles, anthem for 6 voices (SSATTB)
>Britten, Benjamin : Antiphon, Op. 56b
>Byrd, William : Alman (The Queen's Alman), for keyboard, MB 10
>Britten, Benjamin : Missa Brevis, for boys' chorus & organ in D major, Op. 63
>Byrd, William : Quomodo cantabimus, motet for 8 voices (SSAATTBB)
>Britten, Benjamin : Te Deum in C major
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Notes & Reviews:

Led by Mark Williams, the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge continue their critically-praised series of recordings on Signum with this new recording of works by British composers Benjamin Britten and William Byrd. Byrd and Britten, their respective careers separated by about three hundred and fifty years, share one very significant characteristic. They were both, in quite different ways, outsiders. As a devout Catholic existing within an alien environment - a state which ultimately viewed Catholicism as the equivalent of sedition - Byrd was obliged to pursue a kind of double life, expressing his spiritual exile in music of emotional intensity. Like Byrd, Britten became highly regarded by the establishment for his artistic achievements, but reservations regarding his homosexuality prevented his complete acceptance. Both his pacifism and his sexual orientation made him an outsider.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge (06/27/2016-06/30/2016).



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Works Details

>Byrd, William : O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth, anthem for 6 voices (SAATTB)
  • Conductor: Mark Williams
  • Ensemble: The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge (06/27/2016-06/30/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Britten, Benjamin : A Hymn of Saint Columba
  • Performer: Bertie Baigent (Organ)
  • Conductor: Mark Williams
  • Ensemble: The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge (06/27/2016-06/30/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Byrd, William : Nunc Dimittis servum tuam, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Conductor: Mark Williams
  • Ensemble: The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge (06/27/2016-06/30/2016)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Britten, Benjamin : Jubilate Deo
  • Performer: Jordan Wong (Organ)
  • Conductor: Mark Williams
  • Ensemble: The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge (06/27/2016-06/30/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Byrd, William : Ave verum corpus :: "O Lord, God of Israel"), motet for 4 voices (SATB)
  • Conductor: Mark Williams
  • Ensemble: The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge (06/27/2016-06/30/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1605

>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
  • Conductor: Mark Williams
  • Ensemble: The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge (06/27/2016-06/30/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1580

>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Peter, Op. 56a
  • Performer: Jordan Wong (Organ)
  • Conductor: Mark Williams
  • Ensemble: The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge (06/27/2016-06/30/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Byrd, William : Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles, anthem for 6 voices (SSATTB)
  • Conductor: Mark Williams
  • Ensemble: The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge (06/27/2016-06/30/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Britten, Benjamin : Antiphon, Op. 56b
  • Performers: Sapphire Armitage; Dorothy Hoskins; Julia Sinclair; Jordan Wong (Organ)
  • Conductor: Mark Williams
  • Ensemble: The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge (06/27/2016-06/30/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Byrd, William : Alman (The Queen's Alman), for keyboard, MB 10
  • Performer: Bertie Baigent (Organ)
  • Conductor: Mark Williams
  • Ensemble: The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge (06/27/2016-06/30/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1590

>Britten, Benjamin : Missa Brevis, for boys' chorus & organ in D major, Op. 63
  • Performer: Bertie Baigent (Organ)
  • Conductor: Mark Williams
  • Ensemble: The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge (06/27/2016-06/30/2016)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1959

>Byrd, William : Quomodo cantabimus, motet for 8 voices (SSAATTBB)
  • Conductor: Mark Williams
  • Ensemble: The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge (06/27/2016-06/30/2016)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1584

>Britten, Benjamin : Te Deum in C major
  • Performers: Bertie Baigent (Organ); Dorothy Hoskins (Voice); Harriet Hunter (Voice); Benjamin Scott (Voice)
  • Conductor: Mark Williams
  • Ensemble: The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Notes: Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge (06/27/2016-06/30/2016)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934