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Taverner: Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas / Darlington, et al

Album Summary

>Chant, Gregorian : Gloria tibi Trinitas, antiphon in mode 1 (Liber Usualis no 914)
>Chant, Gregorian : Deus creator
>Taverner, John [Composer] : Missa "Gloria Tibi Trinitas" for six voices
>Taverner, John [Composer] : Mater Christi, antiphon for 5 voices
>Taverner, John [Composer] : Dum transisset sabbatum (i), motet for 5 (another version exists for 4) voices
>Taverner, John [Composer] : O Wilhelme, pastor bone, antiphon for 5 voices (lost, but same as Christe Jesu; lacks tenor part)
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine
Taverner's Mass is the chef d'oeuvre of the greatest composer of his time, yet it has never before been recorded by the kind of liturgical choir which he had in mind; this is a courageous and significant act of reclamation.

BBC Music Magazine
Stephen Darlington gives majestic shape to this monumental work, effectively drawing out the imperturbable tread of the 'Gloria tibi Trinitas' cantus firmus. The choir produces a sound of blistering intensity...

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The Choir of Christ Church could hardly have made a more ambitious return to recording after their valuable but variable series of Nimbus Tavener Vocal 1157 discs. Taverner's Mass is the chef d'oeuvre of the greatest composer of his time, yet it has never before been recorded by the kind of liturgical choir which he had in mind; this is a courageous and significant act of reclamation. Courageous, because Taverner's demands of phrase and melodic continuity are more subtle, but no less daunting in their own way, than those presented by Palestrina and Gombert. Performing at written pitch helps.

Stephen Darlington and his choir aren't afraid of a few dirty edges around the sound; this is a world away from the hygienic surfaces of the Gabrieli Consort or from the shapely halo of King's, Cambridge. The Christ Church trebles have a full-frontal attack to a phrase that is more commonly heard from middle-European choirs.

That makes it more susceptible to the glare of the microphone, but the recording itself dares to go in closer than Nimbus ever did. The risk largely pays off in tutti passages of startling immediacy, contrasted with more solo verse sections than is usual (to rest tired voices?). Some distended cadences leave you wondering whether they can possibly have the puff to sustain them. Sometimes they can't (at the end of the first paragraph of the Sanctus); often they can (the 'Hosanna' at the end of the famous Benedictus).

The motets are no less individual in concept and execution, including a cheeky but winning slide in Mater Christi; like the rest of the disc it will divide opinion, but it demands to be taken seriously.



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Works Details

>Chant, Gregorian : Gloria tibi Trinitas, antiphon in mode 1 (Liber Usualis no 914)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Ozford, England (11/15/2006-11/17/2006)
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Deus creator
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Ozford, England (11/15/2006-11/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Taverner, John [Composer] : Missa "Gloria Tibi Trinitas" for six voices :: Gloria
  • Performers: William Edwards (Cantor); Oliver Winstone (Boy Soprano); Jonathan Stainsby (Voice)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Ozford, England (11/15/2006-11/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Taverner, John [Composer] : Missa "Gloria Tibi Trinitas" for six voices :: Credo
  • Performer: Simon Whiteley
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Ozford, England (11/15/2006-11/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Taverner, John [Composer] : Missa "Gloria Tibi Trinitas" for six voices :: Sanctus
  • Performers: Richard Anderton; Simon Whiteley
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Ozford, England (11/15/2006-11/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Taverner, John [Composer] : Missa "Gloria Tibi Trinitas" for six voices :: Benedictus
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Ozford, England (11/15/2006-11/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Taverner, John [Composer] : Missa "Gloria Tibi Trinitas" for six voices :: Agnus Dei
  • Performer: William Edwards (Cantor)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Ozford, England (11/15/2006-11/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Taverner, John [Composer] : Mater Christi, antiphon for 5 voices
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Ozford, England (11/15/2006-11/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1520-1530

>Taverner, John [Composer] : Dum transisset sabbatum (i), motet for 5 (another version exists for 4) voices
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Ozford, England (11/15/2006-11/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1530-1540

>Taverner, John [Composer] : O Wilhelme, pastor bone, antiphon for 5 voices (lost, but same as Christe Jesu; lacks tenor part)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Ozford, England (11/15/2006-11/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral