Allegri: MIserere; Britten, etc / Short, Filsell, Tenebrae

Album Summary

>Tavener, John : Song for Athene
>Ireland, John : Ex ore innocentium
>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31
>Sheremetiev, Alexander : Rejoice now heavenly powers
>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27
>Lukaszewski, Pawel : Ave Maria, for double chorus
>Lotti, Antonio : Crucifixus a 8
>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
>Kodaly, Zoltan [Composer] : Esti dal (Evening Song), folksong for high voice or mixed or male chorus
>Traditional : The Dying Soldier, for chorus
>Holst, Gustav : Psalm CXLVIII (Lord, Who hast made us)
>Harris, William H. : Faire Is the Heaven, for chorus
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Once again, Tenebrae and their director, Nigel Short, have put together a programme that ranges from the Renaissance to the 21st century, from the neglected to the familiar, with no sense of strain. Some of the familiar pieces are, perhaps, rather too familiar. I wish I had a million dollars for every recording of the two Tavener pieces in my collection, let alone every time I've heard them sung. They are radiantly beautiful and emotionally affecting, but perhaps their space would have been better given over to something less often performed. Moreover, while Tenebrae's readings are typically impeccable, displaying fastidious craftsmanship, there are other versions (St John's College Choir, Cambridge, for example, on Naxos, 1/01) that are warmer, more transcendental. Tenebrae's special merits, their exceptional diction and sharp focus, are better suited elsewhere, not least on the two Russian liturgical pieces and Britten and Auden's Cecilian homage, which reminds us how the composer brought out the best in the poet. The singing here is particularly crisp and agile. The most recent composition is Lukaszewski's Ave Maria, a more-than-worthy addition to the considerable list of settings of this prayer. The earliest is Allegri's Miserere. The celebrated solo part with its top C is here entrusted to soprano Grace Davidson (placed rather far back in the reverberant middle-distance) who sings well enough to disarm purists preferring the part to be taken by a treble. Other highlights in this interesting recital are the pieces by Lotti, Kodaly and Harris, and Nigel Short's setting of the tune widely known as Barbara Allen."



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Works Details

>Tavener, John : Song for Athene
  • Notes: St. Jude's on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (01/05/2006/01/07/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1993

>Ireland, John : Ex ore innocentium
  • Notes: St. Jude's on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (01/05/2006/01/07/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1944

>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1982

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 :: Hymn to the Cherubim
  • Notes: St. Jude's on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (01/05/2006/01/07/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Sheremetiev, Alexander : Rejoice now heavenly powers
  • Notes: St. Jude's on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (01/05/2006/01/07/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27
  • Running Time: 10 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1942

>Lukaszewski, Pawel : Ave Maria, for double chorus
  • Notes: St. Jude's on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (01/05/2006/01/07/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Lotti, Antonio : Crucifixus à 8
  • Notes: St. Jude's on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (01/05/2006/01/07/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1690-1739

>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
  • Notes: St. Jude's on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (01/05/2006/01/07/2006)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 16th Century

>Zoltán Kodály (Composer) (1882 - 1967) : Esti dal (Evening Song), folksong for high voice or mixed or male chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1938

>Traditional : The Dying Soldier, for chorus
  • Notes: St. Jude's on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (01/05/2006/01/07/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.

>Holst, Gustav : Psalm CXLVIII (Lord, Who hast made us) :: Psalm 148, Lord who has made us for Thine own
  • Notes: St. Jude's on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (01/05/2006/01/07/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Harris, William H. : Faire Is the Heaven, for chorus
  • Notes: St. Jude's on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (01/05/2006/01/07/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925