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Children of Our Time / Summerly, Schola Cantorum of Oxford

Album Summary

>Pitts, Antony : Easter Anthems (3), for choir
>Tippett, Michael : Negro Spirituals (5), for chorus (from "A Child of Our Time")
>O'Neill, Nicholas : Ave verum corpus, for choir
>Byrchmore, Ruth : In the silence of the night, for choir
>Smith, Mark Edgley : Madrigals (5) to poems by E E Cummings, for choir
>Rodrigues, Eugenio Manuel : Eres..., for choir
>Pott, Francis : Amore langueo, for choir
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

From the seductive intricacies of Mark Edgley Smith's E E Cummings settings, through the blues-infused harmonies of Antony Pitts' polychoral 'Thou knowest my lying down,' to the extended genius of Francis Pott's 'Amore langueo,' this new disc offers fascinating discoveries to the choral aficionado and seventy minutes of the very finest choral experience to all. All works, apart from the Tippett and Pitts, are first recordings.

'...you may confidently invest in this disc. Its musical rewards are ample' (Fanfare, USA)

'This disc offers considerable rewards in an admittedly parochial field, and also preserves a delectable snap-shot of the Schola Cantorum of Oxford on outstanding form, over a decade ago' (International Record Review)

'Here's a vital and beautifully performed collection of modern a cappella choral music from a most excellent choir with a considerable recording history ... It's not a surprise that Mr Summerly and his choir can handle fiendishly difficult modern music with all of the skill, authority and pleasing sound they bring to early music. Hyperion comes through again with a superior booklet and enviable recording quality' (American Record Guide)

International Record Review
A delectable snap-shot of the Schola Cantorum of Oxford on outstanding form'



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Works Details

>Pitts, Antony : Easter Anthems (3), for choir :: no 3. Thou knowest my lying down
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Ensemble: Schola Cantorum Oxford
  • Notes: Hertford College Chapel, Oxford, England (03/10/1995-03/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Tippett, Michael : Negro Spirituals (5), for chorus (from "A Child of Our Time") :: no 1. Steal away
  • Performers: Teehan Page (Tenor); Lisa Beckley (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Ensemble: Schola Cantorum Oxford
  • Notes: Hertford College Chapel, Oxford, England (03/10/1995-03/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>O'Neill, Nicholas : Ave verum corpus, for choir
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Ensemble: Schola Cantorum Oxford
  • Notes: Hertford College Chapel, Oxford, England (03/10/1995-03/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Written: 1994

>Tippett, Michael : Negro Spirituals (5), for chorus (from "A Child of Our Time") :: no 2. Nobody knows
  • Performers: Teehan Page (Tenor); Lisa Beckley (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Ensemble: Schola Cantorum Oxford
  • Notes: Hertford College Chapel, Oxford, England (03/10/1995-03/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Byrchmore, Ruth : In the silence of the night, for choir
  • Performer: Philippa Healey
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Ensemble: Schola Cantorum Oxford
  • Notes: Hertford College Chapel, Oxford, England (03/10/1995-03/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Tippett, Michael : Negro Spirituals (5), for chorus (from "A Child of Our Time") :: no 3. Go down, Moses
  • Performers: Michael McCarthy (Cantor); Lisa Beckley (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Ensemble: Schola Cantorum Oxford
  • Notes: Hertford College Chapel, Oxford, England (03/10/1995-03/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Smith, Mark Edgley : Madrigals (5) to poems by E E Cummings, for choir
  • Performer: Philippa Healey
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Ensemble: Schola Cantorum Oxford
  • Notes: Hertford College Chapel, Oxford, England (03/10/1995-03/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Tippett, Michael : Negro Spirituals (5), for chorus (from "A Child of Our Time") :: no 4. By and by
  • Performer: Lisa Beckley (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Ensemble: Schola Cantorum Oxford
  • Notes: Hertford College Chapel, Oxford, England (03/10/1995-03/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Eugénio Manuel Rodrigues (1961 - ) : Eres..., for choir
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Ensemble: Schola Cantorum Oxford
  • Notes: Hertford College Chapel, Oxford, England (03/10/1995-03/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Tippett, Michael : Negro Spirituals (5), for chorus (from "A Child of Our Time") :: no 5. Deep river
  • Performers: Michael McCarthy (Cantor); Teehan Page (Tenor); Lisa Beckley (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Ensemble: Schola Cantorum Oxford
  • Notes: Hertford College Chapel, Oxford, England (03/10/1995-03/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Pott, Francis : Amore langueo, for choir
  • Performers: Bene't Coldstream; Michael McCarthy (Cantor); Rebecca Outram (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Ensemble: Schola Cantorum Oxford
  • Notes: Hertford College Chapel, Oxford, England (03/10/1995-03/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989