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Hear My Words: Choral Classics

Audio Samples

>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
>Grieg, Edvard : Ave maris stella, EG 150
>Pärt, Arvo : Bogoroditse Devo
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : All-Night Vigil, Op. 37
>     6. Boigoroditse Djevo (O virgin Mother of God)
>Parsons, Robert : Ave Maria
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Exsultate Deo
>Tallis, Thomas : Missa 'Salve intemerata'
>     Agnus Dei
>MacMillan, James : A New Song, for chorus & organ
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Morning Service in B flat major, Op. 10
>     Jubilate Deo
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O taste and see
>Rutter, John : O Lord, Thou Hast Searched Me Out, for English horn, choir & orchestra
>Fauré, Gabriel : Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
>Parry, Charles H. : Hear My Words, Ye People for chorus & orchestra

Album Summary

>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
>Grieg, Edvard : Ave maris stella, EG 150
>Pärt, Arvo : Bogoroditse Devo
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : All-Night Vigil, Op. 37
>Parsons, Robert : Ave Maria
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Exsultate Deo
>Tallis, Thomas : Missa 'Salve intemerata'
>MacMillan, James : A New Song, for chorus & organ
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Morning Service in B flat major, Op. 10
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O taste and see
>Rutter, John : O Lord, Thou Hast Searched Me Out, for English horn, choir & orchestra
>Fauré, Gabriel : Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
>Parry, Charles H. : Hear My Words, Ye People for chorus & orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

This new release of Choral Classics from St John's spans nearly 500 years of choral music. The earliest pieces date from the first half of the sixteenth century and the most recent from 2007. The styles and genres vary but there are clear links between the works throughout. Several are based on texts from the psalms and the works by Rachmaninov, Part and Parsons display radically different interpretations of the Ave Maria. The programme also includes Allegri's Miserere, Greig's Ave Maria Stella, Stanford's Jubilate and Vaughan Williams' O Taste and See. The Choir is conducted by their Music Director Andrew Nethsingha an ex-chorister of St John's himself. The CD was recorded in the College Chapel in full surround-sound and not only sounds spectacular but recreates to any uncanny degree the experience of listening to the Choir perform in the chapel.

"The boy treble voices bring lustre and freshness to the sonority, and the singing throughout is stirring and polished." -The Telegraph ****

"The poised, sentient performance of Allegri's famous Miserere opening the disc bespeaks dedicated preparation, both technical and spiritual. I like the spatial variegations drawn by [Andrew Nethsinga]...and the unobtrusively pregnant phrasing of the tenor plainsong interjections...John's are a choir in fulsome health" -BBC Music Magazine ****

"eclectic repertoire expertly sung" -The Observer

"A word of reassurance to those who fear that this may be a "lovely" programme of hallowed pot-boilers...If these are indeed, as the title proclaims, "choral classics", that term must have been stretched to include all that is old and good...There are also pieces of modernity...The famous choir appear to thrive under Andrew Nethsinga's management." -Gramophone Magazine

"It is with Allegri's impressive Miserere that the disc begins. One must congratulate those boys who rise well above their fellows...an admirable choir and a nicely varied programme." -International Record Review

"St John's has a wonderful acoustic, neither too spacious nor too intimate, and in Andrew Nethsinga it has a director who knows how to fill every corner with grace and clarity...the choir sings suavely and radiantly without resorting to cathedral prissiness; the recorded sound is superb. A joy all round." -Classic FM Magazine ****

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/09/2010-04/11/2010).



Reviews

choir collects choral classics
Although the choir from King's College, Cambridge is probably better known, the Choir of St John's College is equally accomplished. This is one of its first recordings under its new music director, Andrew Nethsingha, and mixes undisputed choral classics with lesser-known works (I had never heard Grieg's lovely "Ave maris stella" before) and fresh contenders for the title. Wonderful engineering: the second choir in the Allegri "Miserere"--including the boy soprano who fires off the legendary high Cs--is clearly at a distance from the main group, while the tenor soloist in Franck's "Panis angelicus" sounds like he's right there with the other singers, instead of being artificially spot-lit. And somehow every part comes through in an excerpt from Rachmaninoff's Vespers. I only heard this on a CD player, but I bet it's terrific if you have the surround system to play the super audio layer.
Submitted on 12/12/10 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
  • Performers: Tristan Hambleton (Treble); Basil McDonald (Cantor); Leo Tomita (Treble)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/09/2010-04/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 16th Century

>Grieg, Edvard : Ave maris stella, EG 150
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/09/2010-04/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Bogoroditse Devo
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/09/2010-04/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 :: 6. Boigoroditse Djevo (O virgin Mother of God)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/09/2010-04/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Parsons, Robert : Ave Maria
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/09/2010-04/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1570

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Exsultate Deo
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/09/2010-04/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1584

>Tallis, Thomas : Missa 'Salve intemerata' :: Agnus Dei
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/09/2010-04/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1530s

>MacMillan, James : A New Song, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Tim Ravalde (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/09/2010-04/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Panis angelicus
  • Performers: Tim Ravalde (Organ); Graham Walker (Cello); Pablo Strong (Treble)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/09/2010-04/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Morning Service in B flat major, Op. 10 :: Jubilate Deo
  • Performer: Tim Ravalde (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/09/2010-04/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O taste and see
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/09/2010-04/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1952

>Rutter, John : O Lord, Thou Hast Searched Me Out, for English horn, choir & orchestra
  • Performer: Tim Ravalde (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/09/2010-04/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
  • Performers: Tim Ravalde (Organ); Graham Walker (Cello)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/09/2010-04/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1865

>Parry, Charles H. : Hear My Words, Ye People for chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Tim Ravalde (Organ); Tristan Hambleton (Treble); Francis Williams (Treble); Leo Tomita (Treble); Edward De Minckwitz (Treble)
  • Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
  • Notes: St. John's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/09/2010-04/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic