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Sacred Music by Robert Parsons / The Cardinall's Music - Andrew Carwood

Audio Samples

>Parsons, Robert : Domine, quis habitabit?, for chorus
>Parsons, Robert : Peccantem me quotidie, for chorus
>Parsons, Robert : Holy Lord God Almighty, for chorus
>Parsons, Robert : Deliver me from mine enemies
>Parsons, Robert : Retribue servo tuo, for chorus
>Parsons, Robert : Solemnis urgebat dies "Iam Christus astra ascenderat", for chorus
>Parsons, Robert : Magnificat, for 6 voices
>Parsons, Robert : Libera me, Domine, for chorus
>Parsons, Robert : Credo quod Redemptor
>Parsons, Robert : O bone Jesu
>Parsons, Robert : Ave Maria

Album Summary

>Parsons, Robert : Domine, quis habitabit?, for chorus
>Parsons, Robert : Peccantem me quotidie, for chorus
>Parsons, Robert : Holy Lord God Almighty, for chorus
>Parsons, Robert : Deliver me from mine enemies
>Parsons, Robert : Retribue servo tuo, for chorus
>Parsons, Robert : Solemnis urgebat dies "Iam Christus astra ascenderat", for chorus
>Parsons, Robert : Magnificat, for 6 voices
>Parsons, Robert : Libera me, Domine, for chorus
>Parsons, Robert : Credo quod Redemptor
>Parsons, Robert : O bone Jesu
>Parsons, Robert : Ave Maria
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone award-winning ensemble The Cardinall's Musick present an album of music by Renaissance composer Robert Parsons. Very few records remain of the composer's short life and his musical output is often overlooked, perhaps due to the long shadow of William Byrd, his successor at the Chapel Royal. However, Parsons' vocal writing is some of the most opulent of the period. The Cardinall's Musick give sublime performances of some of the composer's most sumptuous works, from the remarkably sophisticated Magnificat to the dramatic O bone Jesu.

"Carwood draws earthy, visceral performances; the ensemble's virile sound and Parsons's sinewy polyphony are a far cry from what some critics describe as the 'whitewashed', English choral tradition. Carwood and his singers highlights the inherent drama of Parson's [sic] style...Hyperion's detailed recording, swathed in the glowing acoustic of the Fitzala Chapel, Arundel Castle, enhances these seraphic performances." -BBC

"The Cardinall's Musick are at their best in this repertoire, and their performances have confidence and authority...Like many composers of his time and place, Parsons can be heard to navigate between different styles according to the liturgical demands placed on him. He does so surefootedly...Parsons certainly deserves the hearing that Carwood's musicians afford us, so this addition to the catalogue is very valuable." -Gramophone

"The disc is best in the three full choir numbers: Domine quis habitabit, where sopranos inspiringly contrast high and low; Solemnis urgebat, where they cling to the eternal heaven of a high cantus firmus; and the Magnificat where their top line canons wonderfully enrich the counterpoint. The lower-voice funeral Responds have an appropriately tomblike aura." -Classic FM

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/15/2010-11/17/2010).



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Works Details

>Parsons, Robert : Domine, quis habitabit?, for chorus
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Music
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/15/2010-11/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : Peccantem me quotidie, for chorus
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Music
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/15/2010-11/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : Holy Lord God Almighty, for chorus
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Music
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/15/2010-11/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : Deliver me from mine enemies
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Music
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/15/2010-11/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : Retribue servo tuo, for chorus
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Music
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/15/2010-11/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : Solemnis urgebat dies "Iam Christus astra ascenderat", for chorus
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Music
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/15/2010-11/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : Magnificat, for 6 voices
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Music
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/15/2010-11/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : Libera me, Domine, for chorus
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Music
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/15/2010-11/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : Credo quod Redemptor
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Music
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/15/2010-11/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : O bone Jesu
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Music
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/15/2010-11/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : Ave Maria
  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Ensemble: The Cardinall's Music
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (11/15/2010-11/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1570