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The Sixteen Edition - The King's Musick - Chapel Royal

Album Summary

>Humfrey, Pelham : O Lord My God for 4 voices, strings & organ
>Cooke, Henry : Put me not to rebuke, O Lord, for vocal ensemble
>Humfrey, Pelham : Lord! I have sinned
>Humfrey, Pelham : O the sad day, for vocal ensemble
>Humfrey, Pelham : By the waters of Babylon, for vocal ensemble
>Humfrey, Pelham : Sleep downy sleep come close mine eyes, for vocal ensemble
>Cooke, Henry : O Lord, thou hast searched me out, for vocal ensemble
>Humfrey, Pelham : A Hymne to God the father "Wilt thou forgive that sin"
>Blow, John : I will hearken, for vocal ensemble
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Brand new recording from The Sixteen (recorded in 2006) features new editions and world premiere recordings. It was largely through the efforts of "Captain" Henry Cooke (c.1615-1672) that the choir of the Chapel Royal was successfully restored at the Restoration in 1660. He invoked ancient press-gang legislation to purloin promising choirboys from cathedrals across the country. Two of them, Pelham Humfrey and John Blow, went on to write groundbreaking music.

The Independent
. all hail the über choir ... .

BBC Music Magazine
The singing, both solo and corporate is of an high order. Tenors Simon Berridge and Mark Dobell convey the touching melancholy of Humfrey's devotional songs with tender inflexions and a just degree of expressive fervour. Elin Manahan Thomas is comparably sensitive in her heartfelt account of the fourth song. A Hymn to God the Father.

Gramophone Magazine
The Sixteen gravitate primarily towards mournful works. Appropriate to the relatively small dimensions of the Chapel Royal, Harry Christophers adopts an intimate chamber style of single strings and soloists from within the choir. The performances include fine solo contributions, especially Elin Manahan Thomas's exquisite rendering of Humfrey's Hymn to God the Father.

Notes & Reviews:

Includes i will always give thanks (the 'club' anthem), for by various composers.



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Works Details

>Humfrey, Pelham : O Lord My God for 4 voices, strings & organ
  • Performers: Jonathan Arnold (Bass); Simon Berridge (Tenor); Mark Dobell (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: Symphony of Harmony & Invention
  • Running Time: 10 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cooke, Henry : Put me not to rebuke, O Lord, for vocal ensemble
  • Performers: Elin Thomas (Soprano); Jonathan Arnold (Bass)
  • Ensemble: Symphony of Harmony & Invention
  • Running Time: 11 min. 29 sec.

>Humfrey, Pelham : Lord! I have sinned
  • Performer: Mark Dobell (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: Symphony of Harmony & Invention
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 16th Century

>Humfrey, Pelham : O the sad day, for vocal ensemble
  • Performer: Mark Dobell (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: Symphony of Harmony & Invention
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Humfrey, Pelham : By the waters of Babylon, for vocal ensemble
  • Performers: Jonathan Arnold (Bass); Simon Berridge (Tenor); Mark Dobell (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: Symphony of Harmony & Invention
  • Running Time: 11 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Humfrey, Pelham : Sleep downy sleep come close mine eyes, for vocal ensemble
  • Performer: Simon Berridge (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: Symphony of Harmony & Invention
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cooke, Henry : O Lord, thou hast searched me out, for vocal ensemble
  • Performers: Julie Cooper (Soprano); Robert MacDonald (Bass); Simon Berridge (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: Symphony of Harmony & Invention
  • Running Time: 10 min. 34 sec.

>Humfrey, Pelham : A Hymne to God the father "Wilt thou forgive that sin"
  • Performer: Elin Thomas (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Symphony of Harmony & Invention
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1688

>Blow, John : I will hearken, for vocal ensemble
  • Performers: Timothy Jones (Bass-Baritone); Robert MacDonald (Bass); Mark Dobell (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: Symphony of Harmony & Invention
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque