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A Choral Tapestry / Voces 8

Audio Samples

>Bruckner, Anton : Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, WAB 30
>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum
>Byrd, William : Mass for Four Voices
>     Kyrie
>     Agnus Dei
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Cantate Domino
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : O magnum mysterium, motet for 4 voices
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Magnificat primi toni a 8
>Brahms, Johannes : Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Muhseligen?, motet for chorus, Op. 74/1
>Traditional Spiritual : Go Down Moses
>Gibbons, Orlando : O clap your hands
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Das Agnus Dei ( "O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig"), sacred song for chorus, Op. 138/6
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Wir glauben en einen Gott, sacred song for chorus, Op. 138/8
>Brahms, Johannes : Fest- und Gedenksprüche (3) for double chorus, Op. 109
>Traditional Spiritual : Steal Away to Jesus, spiritual
>Rheinberger, Joseph : Abendlied, for chorus, Op. 69/3
>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"

Album Summary

>Bruckner, Anton : Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, WAB 30
>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum
>Byrd, William : Mass for Four Voices
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Cantate Domino
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : O magnum mysterium, motet for 4 voices
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Magnificat primi toni a 8
>Brahms, Johannes : Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Muhseligen?, motet for chorus, Op. 74/1
>Traditional Spiritual : Go Down Moses
>Gibbons, Orlando : O clap your hands
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Das Agnus Dei ( "O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig"), sacred song for chorus, Op. 138/6
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Wir glauben en einen Gott, sacred song for chorus, Op. 138/8
>Brahms, Johannes : Fest- und Gedenksprüche (3) for double chorus, Op. 109
>Traditional Spiritual : Steal Away to Jesus, spiritual
>Rheinberger, Joseph : Abendlied, for chorus, Op. 69/3
>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

International award-winning octet Voces8 has established itself as the foremost young British a cappella vocal group. Performing a repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to unique jazz and pop arrangements, the group has been praised for stunning performance, exquisite singing and creating a sound that spans the entire range of vocal color. 'A Choral Tapestry' explores the rich vocal timbres of sacred vocal music spanning five centuries. Interweaving genres create an ethereal sonic tapestry that centers on the haunting beauty of William Byrd's Mass for Four Voices. The program includes anthems and motets from the English Chapel Royal, the Sistine Chapel in Rome and St. Thomas' Church, Leipzig

"The slickest of the lottwo parts King's Singers, three parts Swingle Singers, a dash of Bobby McFerrinn and California sunshinefans of a cappella ought to hear this, not just for the singing but the production values and Jim Clements audacious arrangements." -BBC

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
If you haven't heard these marvelous singers, I urge you to give this one a try. You may well have never heard intricate polyphony or complex harmonic structures quite so precisely delineated as they are here, in a collectively cool and transparent overall vocal context; still, they are capable of more full-throated sonorities at need. Their technical and interpretive qualities leave nothing to be desired. We choral nuts thus have yet another fabulous English vocal ensemble to keep track of, amid Britain's embarrassment of top-tier choirs. Sound quality is faultless, and the interesting multi-fold booklet that doubles as a group poster wraps up a package you won't regret investing in.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Brinkham Priory, England (03/04/2011-03/07/2011).



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Works Details

>Bruckner, Anton : Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, WAB 30
  • Ensemble: Voces 8
  • Notes: Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland, England (03/04/2011-03/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1879

>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum
  • Notes: Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland, England (03/04/2011-03/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Mass for Four Voices :: Kyrie
  • Notes: Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland, England (03/04/2011-03/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1592-1593

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Cantate Domino
  • Notes: Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland, England (03/04/2011-03/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1615

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : O magnum mysterium, motet for 4 voices
  • Notes: Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland, England (03/04/2011-03/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1572

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Magnificat primi toni a 8
  • Notes: Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland, England (03/04/2011-03/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Brahms, Johannes : Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Mühseligen?, motet for chorus, Op. 74/1
  • Notes: Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland, England (03/04/2011-03/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1863-1864

>Traditional Spiritual : Go Down Moses
  • Notes: Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland, England (03/04/2011-03/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: by 1865

>Gibbons, Orlando : O clap your hands
  • Notes: Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland, England (03/04/2011-03/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Das Agnus Dei ( "O Lamm Gottes, unschüldig"), sacred song for chorus, Op. 138/6
  • Notes: Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland, England (03/04/2011-03/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1914

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Wir glauben en einen Gott, sacred song for chorus, Op. 138/8
  • Notes: Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland, England (03/04/2011-03/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1914

>Brahms, Johannes : Fest- und Gedenksprüche (3) for double chorus, Op. 109
  • Notes: Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland, England (03/04/2011-03/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1886-1888

>Traditional Spiritual : Steal Away to Jesus, spiritual
  • Notes: Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland, England (03/04/2011-03/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Rheinberger, Joseph : Abendlied, for chorus, Op. 69/3
  • Notes: Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland, England (03/04/2011-03/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
  • Notes: Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland, England (03/04/2011-03/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1982

>Byrd, William : Mass for Four Voices :: Agnus Dei
  • Notes: Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland, England (03/04/2011-03/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1592-1593