Pater Noster: A Choral Reflection on the Lord's Prayer

Pater Noster: A Choral Reflection on the Lord's Prayer

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by King's Singers
     
 

The small all-male English group the King's Singers has made dozens of recordings, many of them with fresh programming concepts that mix music of different periods and genres. This 2012 release makes as good a place as any to start with the group, at least unless you want to hear them add pop music to the mix. The balance betweenSee more details below

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The small all-male English group the King's Singers has made dozens of recordings, many of them with fresh programming concepts that mix music of different periods and genres. This 2012 release makes as good a place as any to start with the group, at least unless you want to hear them add pop music to the mix. The balance between Renaissance and contemporary choral music seems to flow unusually seamlessly here, and that may be due to the strength of the overall concept: "a choral reflection on the Lord's Prayer." Naxos is to be commended for including the texts, with English translations, in the CD version of this release, for this is music with a strong direct appeal that would be interfered with by the necessity of going online to retrieve what is being sung about. To hear this music is to realize the centrality of the Lord's Prayer, which comes from the Sermon on the Mount, in Christian tradition. The King's Singers mix settings of the prayer itself, from chant (which pervades the whole) to Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein, with settings of texts that reflect the language or concepts from the prayer. These vary in distance from the original, and perhaps some of the connections might be a bit debatable, but it's likely that even theologians would at least find them worth discussing. As for the singers, their polyphonic clarity is as impressive as ever, and few other groups can distinguish the harmonic shadings of Lassus' music as well as they. The acoustics of Nashville's small, basilica-style Cathedral of the Incarnation prove unusually well suited to the aims of this recording. A very fine entry in the King's Singers' catalog.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2012
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313298778
catalogNumber:
8572987
Rank:
222923

Tracks

  1. Pater noster  -  Plainchant  -  Gregorian Chant  - David Hurley  -  King's Singers  (01:17)
  2. Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, motet for 2 sopranos, alto, 2 tenors, bass & continuo, SWV 386 (Op. 11/18)  - Heinrich Schütz  - David Hurley  -  King's Singers  (04:13)
  3. Pater noster, motet for 6 parts  - Josquin Des Prez  - David Hurley  -  King's Singers  (04:37)
  4. Holy Is the True Light, for chorus  - William H. Harris  - David Hurley  -  King's Singers  - William Harris  (01:53)
  5. Missa Papae Marcelli, for 6 voices: Sanctus

    • Giovanni Pierliugi Palestrina
    • David Hurley
    • King's Singers
    1. Sanctus  (03:45)
  6. Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel, motet for soprano, mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, bass, 2 violins & continuo SWV 411 (Op. 12/14)  - Heinrich Schütz  - David Hurley  -  King's Singers  (02:00)
  7. Vigilate, motet for 5 voices (SATBarB)  - William Byrd  - David Hurley  -  King's Singers  (04:28)
  8. Cantate Domino Canticum Novum à 12  - Hans Leo Hassler  - David Hurley  -  King's Singers  (01:43)
  9. Pater Noster, for chorus  - Igor Stravinsky  - David Hurley  -  King's Singers  (01:36)
  10. Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise, for men's chorus, FP 142

    • Francis Poulenc
    • David Hurley
    • King's Singers
    1. Salut Dame Sainte  (02:14)
    2. Tout Puissant, très saint  (01:21)
    3. Seigneur, je vous en prie  (01:20)
    4. O mes très chers frères  (01:56)
  11. Domine Dominus noster, motet for 6 voices, M. xviii (S. xvii/39)  - Roland de Lassus  - David Hurley  -  King's Singers  (02:49)
  12. Notre Père (2 versions), for chorus; for male voices & organ, Op. 14  - Maurice Duruflé  - David Hurley  -  King's Singers  (01:25)
  13. Oculi omnium, for chorus & organ  - Charles Wood  - David Hurley  -  King's Singers  (01:24)
  14. Ego sum panis vivus qui, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book I)  - Giovanni Pierliugi Palestrina  - David Hurley  -  King's Singers  (03:23)
  15. The Lord's Prayer, for chorus (1999)  - John Tavener  - David Hurley  -  King's Singers  (02:27)
  16. Remember not, Lord, our offences, anthem for chorus & organ, Z. 50  - Henry Purcell  - David Hurley  -  King's Singers  (02:46)
  17. Popule meus, responsory (improperium) for 4 voices  - Tomás Luis de Victoria  - David Hurley  -  King's Singers  (06:11)
  18. Mass, theatre piece for singers, players & dancers: The Lord's Prayer

    • Leonard Bernstein
    • David Hurley
    • King's Singers
    1. The Lord's Prayer  (01:52)
  19. Lord, for Thy Tender Mercys Sake for chorus  - Richard Farrant  - David Hurley  -  King's Singers  (02:14)
  20. Ad te levavi animam meam, motet for 6 voices, M. xiii (S. xvii/121)  - Roland de Lassus  - David Hurley  -  King's Singers  (07:19)
  21. Pater Noster  -  Gregorian Chant  - David Hurley  -  King's Singers  (01:26)

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