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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Though it's not clearly indicated on the packaging, this is a compilation of music from no fewer than 10 previous CDs by the Sixteen, plus one newly recorded track (William Byrd's "O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth"). The idea, as the title suggests, is to collect pieces somehow inspired by the British monarchy, from the imposing Handel "Coronation Anthems" that frame the program to a cappella music including quieter pieces like the "Sanctus" from Thomas Tallis' "Missa Puer natus," probably celebrating the pregnancy of Queen Mary in 1554. It's surprising in the Handel just how much volume 16 singers can produce, and in general the pieces are imposing in ways that befit ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Though it's not clearly indicated on the packaging, this is a compilation of music from no fewer than 10 previous CDs by the Sixteen, plus one newly recorded track (William Byrd's "O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth"). The idea, as the title suggests, is to collect pieces somehow inspired by the British monarchy, from the imposing Handel "Coronation Anthems" that frame the program to a cappella music including quieter pieces like the "Sanctus" from Thomas Tallis' "Missa Puer natus," probably celebrating the pregnancy of Queen Mary in 1554. It's surprising in the Handel just how much volume 16 singers can produce, and in general the pieces are imposing in ways that befit the theme. With the exception of an excerpt from Benjamin Britten's "Gloriana," marking the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953, all the pieces are from the Renaissance or Baroque periods. But the variety represented in the compilation by Robin Tyson is impressive, and the program includes such novelties as Edmund Turges' "From stormy windes" (late 15th century), a prayer for the safety of Prince Arthur, brother of Henry VIII. (It was all for naught; Arthur died, and Henry assumed the throne.) The pieces come from various perspectives and don't just try to project sumptuousness, although that's the dominant mood; sample Robert Ramsey's lovely and little-known setting of "When David heard" (track 9), which was used as a funeral piece for Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, in 1612. The grand result is a colorful collection of music that offers new perspectives even though the recordings weren't designed to be together, all of it performed to the Sixteen's usual high standards, and remastered so that differences in sonic environment are minimized.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2014
  • Label: Coro
  • UPC: 828021612220
  • Catalog Number: 16122
  • Sales rank: 93,621

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened, coronation anthem No. 4 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 259 - George Frideric Handel & Harry Christophers (8:48)
  2. 2 Funeral Sentences (for the funeral of Queen Mary), Z. 27: Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts - Henry Purcell & Harry Christophers (2:01)
  3. 3 I will always give thanks (The 'Club' Anthem), for vocal ensemble - Various Composers & Pelham Humfrey (6:41)
  4. 4 Great King of Gods (Lord of Lords), anthem for voices - Orlando Gibbons & Jonathan Arnold (4:56)
  5. 5 Mass "Dum Sacrum Mysterium" for 10 voices: Sanctus - Robert Carver & Harry Christophers (6:44)
  6. 6 Mass "Puer natus est nobis" (incomplete), for 7 voices, P. 49: Sanctus - Thomas Tallis & Harry Christophers (4:44)
  7. 7 Beati omnes, hymn, for soprano, bass, chorus & continuo, Z. 131 - Henry Purcell & Harry Christophers (4:36)
  8. 8 When David Heard - Robert Ramsey & Harry Christophers (2:50)
  9. 9 From Stormy Windes, for chorus - Simon Berridge & Edmund Turges (6:37)
  10. 10 Arise, my muse (Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 320: May she to heaven late return - Henry Purcell & Harry Christophers (3:02)
  11. 11 Arise, my muse (Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 320: May her blest example chase - Henry Purcell & Harry Christophers (2:04)
  12. 12 Gloriana, opera, Op. 53: Sixth Dance: Final dance of homage - Benjamin Britten & Harry Christophers (2:18)
  13. 13 O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth, anthem for 6 voices (SAATTB) - William Byrd & Harry Christophers (2:35)
  14. 14 Spem in Alium (also set as "Sing and glorify"), motet for 40 voices, P. 299 - Thomas Tallis & Harry Christophers (8:15)
  15. 15 Be Strong and of A Good Courage for 7 voices & organ - Thomas Tomkins & Harry Christophers (3:08)
  16. 16 Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258: Coronation Anthem - George Frideric Handel & Harry Christophers (5:45)
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