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Ceremony & Devotion: Music For The Tudors

Audio Samples

>Chant, Gregorian : Veni creator spiritus, hymn in mode 8
>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
>Sheppard, John : Sacris solemniis iuncta sit gaudia
>Tallis, Thomas : Jesu salvator saeculi
>Sheppard, John : Media vita
>Tallis, Thomas : Miserere nostri, motet for 7 voices, P. 207
>Byrd, William : Domine praestolamur, motet for 5 voices (SAATB)
>Tallis, Thomas : Jam Christus astra ascenderat

Album Summary

>Chant, Gregorian : Veni creator spiritus, hymn in mode 8
>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
>Sheppard, John : Sacris solemniis iuncta sit gaudia
>Tallis, Thomas : Jesu salvator saeculi
>Sheppard, John : Media vita
>Tallis, Thomas : Miserere nostri, motet for 7 voices, P. 207
>Byrd, William : Domine praestolamur, motet for 5 voices (SAATB)
>Tallis, Thomas : Jam Christus astra ascenderat
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

A brand new recording by Harry Christophers and his award-winning group. Harry Christophers and The Sixteen won the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Artist of the Year Award as well as the award for best Baroque Vocal Recording. This new disc focuses on the great sacred music of 16th century England, both pre- and post-Reformation. Sheppard, Tallis, and Byrd all feature on the recording but the disc centers around Sheppard's Media Vita, which is a staggering achievement not only in sheer size but also in its expression.

"Christopher's choir, The Sixteen, is arguably the most visible professional choral ensemble in Britain" -The Times (London)

"The singing is pure, yet overlaid with an emotional intensity that takes the music far beyond supine devoutness." -Sunday Times ****

"There are glorious moments, particularly in the centrepiece, Sheppard's Media vita, where The Sixteen's perfect ensemble, translucent colours and sensitivity to the text set the spine tingling." -BBC Music Magazine ***

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (10/2009).



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Works Details

>Chant, Gregorian : Veni creator spiritus, hymn in mode 8
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1000

>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1580

>Sheppard, John : Sacris solemniis iuncta sit gaudia
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1553-1558

>Tallis, Thomas : Jesu salvator saeculi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sheppard, John : Media vita
  • Running Time: 24 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1553-1558

>Tallis, Thomas : Miserere nostri, motet for 7 voices, P. 207
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Byrd, William : Domine praestolamur, motet for 5 voices (SAATB)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tallis, Thomas : Jam Christus astra ascenderat
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1580

>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
  • Running Time: 12 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral