I Heard A Voice - The Music of the Golden Age

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Times change even in conservative quarters, and so it is even in that bastion of English tradition, the King's College chapel in Cambridge, England. The all-male men and boys Choir of King's College, Cambridge, has been singing these English-language Anglican anthems for nearly 400 years, and the current director, British veteran Stephen Cleobury, has maintained its high quality, creating a lush sound that seems to proceed from a knowledge of the sonic nooks and crannies of the space where it is created. The group, by college statute, consists of 16 members, but sounds larger as the voices soar into the chapel's upper reaches and rebound -- never sounding muddy in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Times change even in conservative quarters, and so it is even in that bastion of English tradition, the King's College chapel in Cambridge, England. The all-male men and boys Choir of King's College, Cambridge, has been singing these English-language Anglican anthems for nearly 400 years, and the current director, British veteran Stephen Cleobury, has maintained its high quality, creating a lush sound that seems to proceed from a knowledge of the sonic nooks and crannies of the space where it is created. The group, by college statute, consists of 16 members, but sounds larger as the voices soar into the chapel's upper reaches and rebound -- never sounding muddy in Cleobury's hands. The "golden age" of the album's title was the flowering of musical and literary creativity under King James I, an era that produced the plays of Shakespeare and the flowering of the English madrigal. The anthems included here, mostly famous works, are a bit like sacred madrigals in their sensitivity to text; the new listener can sample the ebullient "O clap your hands" of Orlando Gibbons, track 9, for an idea of what this disc, and the music of this entire era, is all about. What's new in this recording is that the vocal pieces are lightly accompanied by instruments doubling the vocal lines -- they have mostly been sung a cappella in the past, but the judicious addition of instruments, as heard here, can clarify the texture rather than load it down, and these forces make a persuasive case for a less "pure" sound. The English historical-instrument ensemble Fretwork accompanies the singers and is heard in a few all-instrumental pieces, two of them examples of the "In nomine" polyphonic form attempted by English composers for the rest of the seventeenth century. A fine, basic performance that will serve buyers well in a general collection of Renaissance favorites.
San Francisco Chronicle - Joshua Kosman
These ornate and densely wrought pieces of counterpoint get lovely performances.
Newark Star-Ledger - Bradley Bambarger
The best possible introduction to this repertoire.

The best possible introduction to this repertoire.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2007
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 094639443024
  • Catalog Number: 94430
  • Sales rank: 127,411

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Alleluia, I heard a voice, anthem for 5 voices & organ - Thomas Weelkes & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (3:00)
  2. 2 When David heard (O my son Absalom), sacred madrigal in 2 sections for 6 voices - Thomas Weelkes & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (4:43)
  3. 3 Most mighty and all-knowing Lord, consort song for 4 voices - Thomas Weelkes & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (4:37)
  4. 4 Hosanna To the Son of David, anthem for 6 voices - Thomas Weelkes & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (2:03)
  5. 5 In Nomine No.1, for 4 viols - Thomas Weelkes & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (1:56)
  6. 6 Hosanna to the son of David, anthem for 6 voices - Orlando Gibbons & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (3:09)
  7. 7 O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not, anthem for 6 voices - Orlando Gibbons & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (3:33)
  8. 8 This Is the record of John, anthem for voices - Orlando Gibbons & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (4:08)
  9. 9 O clap your hands, anthem for 8 voices - Orlando Gibbons & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (5:42)
  10. 10 In Nomine a 4, for viols, MB26 - Orlando Gibbons & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (2:51)
  11. 11 O Praise the Lord All Ye Heathen - Thomas Tomkins & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (4:08)
  12. 12 When David Heard That Absalom Was Slain, for 5 voices - Thomas Tomkins & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (5:01)
  13. 13 Fantasia, for 6 viols - Thomas Tomkins & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (4:32)
  14. 14 Rejoice, rejoice and singe - Thomas Tomkins & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (6:50)
  15. 15 O Sing Unto the Lord A New Song, for 7 voices & organ - Thomas Tomkins & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Choir of King's College, Cambridge Primary Artist
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