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Lighten Our Darkness / Rutter, The Cambridge Singers

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> Opening Sentences and Responses - Opening Sentences and Responses
> Psalm 91 - Psalm 91
> Lesson: Come unto me - Lesson: Come unto me
> Respond: Into thy hands - Respond: Into thy hands
> Hymn: Before the ending of the day - Hymn: Before the ending of the day
> Keep me as the apple of an eye - Nunc dimittis - Keep me as the apple of an eye - Nunc dimittis
> The Apostles' Creed - Lord's Prayer - The Apostles' Creed - Lord's Prayer
> Versicles and Responses - Versicles and Responses
> Confession and Absolution - Confession and Absolution
> Responses and Collects - Responses and Collects
> We will lay us down in peace - We will lay us down in peace
> Closing Responses and Blessing - Closing Responses and Blessing
> Regina coeli laetare a 5 - Regina caeli laetare
> Salve Regina - Salve Regina
> Ave Maria gratia plena a 8 - Ave Maria
> All-night Vigil, Op. 37, "Vespers" - Bogoroditsye Dyevo (Ave Maria)
> In manus tuas Domine - In manus tuas
> In manus tuas - In manus tuas

Album Summary

>Sheppard, John : In pace in idipsum for 4 voices
>Sheppard, John : Libera nos, salve nos (I), for 7 voices
>Lassus, Orlando de : Justorum animae, motet for 5 voices, M. xii (S. v/139)
>Handl, Jacobus : Pater noster, for 8 voices
>Mundy, William : O Lord, the Maker of All Things, anthem for 4 voices
>Byrd, William : Visita quaesumus Domine, motet for 4 voices (SSAT)
>Rheinberger, Joseph : Abendlied, for chorus, Op. 69/3
>Byrd, William : Christe qui lux es (a 5), motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Bourgeois, Louis : O gladsome light, for 4 voices
>Tallis, Thomas : Te lucis ante terminum
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Missa Alma Redemptoris mater, for 2 choirs & organ
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Ave regina coelorum, antiphon for 5 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Regina coeli, antiphon for 5 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Salve regina, antiphon for 6 voices
>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Ave Maria, motet for 4 voices
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ave Maria
>Byrd, William : In manas tuas Domine, motet for 4 voices (SATB)
>Sheppard, John : In manus tuas Domine no 1
>Chant, Anglican : Compline Service
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Typical of Rutter's recordings, this one offers a carefully organized, logically flowing program of stylistically and thematically complementary works, beginning and ending with beautiful motets by John Sheppard, the first of which, In pace, also appeared on an earlier disc. Renaissance composers Sheppard, Byrd, and Victoria are most represented, but from later centuries we also hear Josef Rheinberger's lovely Abendlied and Rachmaninov's oft-performed Bogoroditsye Dyevo (Ave Maria), this last sounding curiously light-textured, more like an English partsong than a serious, bass-rich Slavic prayer. The second disc will be a curiosity for most listeners, but for Anglican/Episcopal church-goers the structure and unison English chants encompassing Responses, Psalms, Lessons, and recitation of the Apostles' Creed will be very familiar. It may not be the most compelling programming for a commercial CD, but the inclusion of this service, with its lovely, prayerful, humble simplicity makes sense in this context--and placing it on a separate disc gives it both a proper liturgical distinction and a logical place apart from the strictly musical program. And if you've been a long-time Cambridge Singers fan, it won't surprise you to know that, although the singers may have changed over the last couple of decades, Rutter's choir is excellent as ever, and the sound, from the group's ideal and favored venue--the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral--can't be better." -Classics Today (10/10)



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Works Details

>Sheppard, John : In pace in idipsum for 4 voices
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sheppard, John : Libera nos, salve nos (I), for 7 voices
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Justorum animae, motet for 5 voices, M. xii (S. v/139)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Handl, Jacobus : Pater noster, for 8 voices
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Mundy, William : O Lord, the Maker of All Things, anthem for 4 voices
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Visita quaesumus Domine, motet for 4 voices (SSAT)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Rheinberger, Joseph : Abendlied, for chorus, Op. 69/3
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Byrd, William : Christe qui lux es (a 5), motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Bourgeois, Louis : O gladsome light, for 4 voices
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tallis, Thomas : Te lucis ante terminum
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Missa Alma Redemptoris mater, for 2 choirs & organ
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Ave regina coelorum, antiphon for 5 voices
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1572

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Regina coeli, antiphon for 5 voices
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1572

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Salve regina, antiphon for 6 voices
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 10 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Ave Maria, motet for 4 voices
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ave Maria
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Byrd, William : In manas tuas Domine, motet for 4 voices (SATB)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Sheppard, John : In manus tuas Domine no 1
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Chant, Anglican : Compline Service
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval