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Great British Choral Works / Christophers - The Sixteen

Audio Samples

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>     My heart is inditing
>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
>MacMillan, James : A Child's Prayer, for treble, chorus & organ
>Tallis, Thomas : Spem in alium
>Tavener, John : Today the Virgin, for chorus
>Cornysh, William : Ave Maria mater Dei
>Carver, Robert : Missa Dum sacrum mysterium
>     Benedictus
>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen
>     One charming night
>     Hush, no more
>Handel, George Frideric : Esther, HWV 50a, 1718 version
>     Tune your harps to cheerful strains
>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27
>Tippett, Michael : A Child of Our Time, Five Spirituals
>     Five Spirituals. Nobody Knows
>Sheppard, John : Media vita in morte sumus (Excerpt)
>MacMillan, James : A New Song, for chorus & organ
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
>     Amen

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
>MacMillan, James : A Child's Prayer, for treble, chorus & organ
>Tallis, Thomas : Spem in alium
>Tavener, John : Today the Virgin, for chorus
>Cornysh, William : Ave Maria mater Dei
>Carver, Robert : Missa Dum sacrum mysterium
>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen
>Handel, George Frideric : Esther, HWV 50a, 1718 version
>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27
>Tippett, Michael : A Child of Our Time, Five Spirituals
>Sheppard, John : Media vita in morte sumus (Excerpt)
>MacMillan, James : A New Song, for chorus & organ
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Since they were founded in 1979, The Sixteen and Harry Christophers have recorded over 100 discs of choral music spanning 600 years. On this new collection, CORO presents a selection of their most celebrated recordings of music by British composers. From Tallis's monumental Spem in Alium and Sheppard's In Media Vita to the delights of Purcell's The Fairy Queen and MacMillan's powerfully emotive A Child's Prayer (written in memory of the Dunblane tragedy), this disc provides a superb collection of works from some of Britain's most eminent composers. The disc features stellar soloists including Michael Chance, Michael George, and Mark Padmore.



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem :: My heart is inditing
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1580

>MacMillan, James : A Child's Prayer, for treble, chorus & organ
  • Performers: Kirsty Hopkins; Grace Davidson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tallis, Thomas : Spem in alium
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>Tavener, John : Today the Virgin, for chorus
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1989

>Cornysh, William : Ave Maria mater Dei
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1510

>Carver, Robert : Missa Dum sacrum mysterium :: Benedictus
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen :: One charming night
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen :: Hush, no more
  • Performer: Michael George (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Handel, George Frideric : Esther, HWV 50a, 1718 version :: Tune your harps to cheerful strains
  • Performer: Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1718

>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1942

>Tippett, Michael : A Child of Our Time, Five Spirituals :: Five Spirituals. Nobody Knows
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1958.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Sheppard, John : Media vita in morte sumus (Excerpt)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1553-1558

>MacMillan, James : A New Song, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Christopher Glynn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Amen
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741