A Mother's Love: Music for Mary

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The Sixteen, founded in 1977 by Harry Christophers, is one of the world's outstanding vocal ensembles. The group of mixed voices is notable for the sweetness of its choral blend, its vocal discipline, and its mastery of a broad repertoire spanning the history of Western music, but with special emphasis on the Baroque and modern eras. This CD of short works related to Marian devotion ranges from plainsong to the contemporary, but about half are Romantic or post-Romantic works, many fairly obscure, by major composers, and there are some real gems here. The combination of dulcet consonances and biting dissonances makes Grieg's a cappella "Ave maris stella" especially ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The Sixteen, founded in 1977 by Harry Christophers, is one of the world's outstanding vocal ensembles. The group of mixed voices is notable for the sweetness of its choral blend, its vocal discipline, and its mastery of a broad repertoire spanning the history of Western music, but with special emphasis on the Baroque and modern eras. This CD of short works related to Marian devotion ranges from plainsong to the contemporary, but about half are Romantic or post-Romantic works, many fairly obscure, by major composers, and there are some real gems here. The combination of dulcet consonances and biting dissonances makes Grieg's a cappella "Ave maris stella" especially striking. Mendelssohn's "Ave Maria," for tenor solo, double chorus, and organ is almost Schubertian in its directness and transparency. Duruflé wrote his "Tota pulchra es, Maria," for women's voices, in 1960, based on plainsong, but its idiom is thoroughly post-Romantic and thoroughly French. The most recent piece, Margaret Rizza's "Ave generosa" uses a text by Hildegard von Bingen. Its juxtaposition of plainsong style in the solos with ensemble and choral sections reminiscent of Arvo Pärt is graceful and wonderfully appealing. Huy Williams provides a supportive organ accompaniment in the pieces that aren't a cappella. Decca's sound is warm and immediate. The Sixteen's eclectic collection of contemplative music is attractive and satisfying and should appeal to fans of choral singing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2008
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947662952
  • Catalog Number: 001083602
  • Sales rank: 90,338

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ave Maris Stella, for double chorus - Edvard Grieg & Harry Christophers (3:19)
  2. 2 Ave Maria Mater Dei for 4 voices - William Cornysh & Harry Christophers (3:16)
  3. 3 Gaude virgo, mater Christi, motet for 4 parts - Josquin Desprez & Harry Christophers (2:46)
  4. 4 Tota pulchra es, Maria, antiphon in Phrygian mode for tenor, chorus & organ, WAB 46 - Anton Bruckner & Harry Christophers (5:31)
  5. 5 Ave Maria, motet for chorus, Op. 145 - Camille Saint-Saëns & Harry Christophers (2:54)
  6. 6 A Hymn to the Virgin, for double chorus - Benjamin Britten & Jonathan Arnold (3:47)
  7. 7 Ave Maria, sacred piece for soloists, chorus & continuo in A major, Op. 23/2 - Felix Mendelssohn & Jonathan Arnold (7:21)
  8. 8 Salve regina, motet for 4 voices - Jacob Obrecht & Harry Christophers (7:58)
  9. 9 Ave generosa, for 2 voices & chorus - Hildegard von Bingen & Margaret Rizza (6:16)
  10. 10 Alma Redemptoris Mater - Anonymous, English & Harry Christophers (4:52)
  11. 11 Ave Maria, motet for baritone, 2 sopranos & organ in B Minor, Op. 93 - Gabriel Fauré & Harry Christophers (3:47)
  12. 12 Sicut lilium inter spinas, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum) - Giovanni Pierliugi Palestrina & Harry Christophers (3:28)
  13. 13 Ave maris stella I, for chorus & organ in G major, S. 34/1 (LW J19/1) - Franz Liszt & Harry Christophers (5:13)
  14. 14 Ave Maria gratia plena, motet for chorus, Op. 2/2 - Edward Elgar & Harry Christophers (2:58)
  15. 15 Tota pulchra es, Maria, motet for chorus, Op. 10/2 - Maurice Duruflé & Harry Christophers (2:29)
  16. 16 Antiphon Salve regina - Plainchant & Harry Christophers (2:59)
  17. 17 Salve Regina mater, motet for 8 voices, M. xix (S. xxi/18) - Orlande de Lassus & Harry Christophers (4:08)
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Harry Christophers Primary Artist
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