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 between

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2012
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313298778
catalogNumber:
8572987
Rank:
214996

Tracks

  1. Pater noster  (01:17)
  2. Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, motet for 2 sopranos, alto, 2 tenors, bass & continuo, SWV 386 (Op. 11/18)  (04:13)
  3. Pater noster, motet for 6 parts  (04:37)
  4. Holy Is the True Light, for chorus  (01:53)
  5. Missa Papae Marcelli, for 6 voices: Sanctus

    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)  (02:00)
  7. Vigilate, motet for 5 voices (SATBarB)  (04:28)
  8. Cantate Domino Canticum Novum à 12  (01:43)
  9. Pater Noster, for chorus  (01:36)
  10. Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise, for men's chorus, FP 142

    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)  (02:49)
  12. Notre Père (2 versions), for chorus; for male voices & organ, Op. 14  (01:25)
  13. Oculi omnium, for chorus & organ  (01:24)
  14. Ego sum panis vivus qui, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book I)  (03:23)
  15. The Lord's Prayer, for chorus (1999)  (02:27)
  16. Remember not, Lord, our offences, anthem for chorus & organ, Z. 50  (02:46)
  17. Popule meus, responsory (improperium) for 4 voices  (06:11)
  18. Mass, theatre piece for singers, players & dancers: The Lord's Prayer

    1. The Lord's Prayer  (01:52)
  19. Lord, for Thy Tender Mercys Sake for chorus  (02:14)
  20. Ad te levavi animam meam, motet for 6 voices, M. xiii (S. xvii/121)  (07:19)
  21. Pater Noster  (01:26)

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Pater Noster: A Choral Reflection on the Lord's Prayer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
howsweetthesound More than 1 year ago
The much-heralded British sextet The King's Singers brings an interpretation of The Lord's Prayer, phrase by phrase, for comparison of composers, style, and period. The clear voices and exceptional balance presented a capella establish the mood of this prayer and invite comparisons from both amateurs and professionals. While this is a scholarly construct with verses presented section by section, the solemnity and devotion of the supplicant is conveyed with each selection. The perfectly-pitched voices blend seamlessly, phrases are clearly expressed, and words are enunciated carefully so that the audience can follow. On the CD, titles of the tracks are helpfully provided for the student following each track, despite a few misspellings. With all parts sung by these men, the choir structure calling for women's voices is eliminated; the texture of the entire choral presentation is pleasingly distinctive as a result. Recorded this year at a cathedral in Nashville, these compositions can be easily imagined sung in a European cathedral with soaring reverberation. The instructive booklet provides background by Tim Sharp of the American Choral Directors Association, and multiple language texts with English translations by David Hurley enhance the learning experience for the student and devotee. This CD will be a collector's prize for students, choir and choius directors, and church music directors. Those who value excellence in singing, example, and standard for men's chorus will treasure it as well. The King's Singers continue their many activities in well-known venues throughout the world. This CD will be a pleasing experience to suffice until one can find a way to hear them in person.
JimD More than 1 year ago
Forty years on, there can be few areas of vocal music unexplored by the King's Singers, from Janequin to the Beatles (as their one album title has it), singing a cappella all over the world, though this may be the first time the six gents have recorded in the States. As the group originally spun off of one of the great British chapel choirs, it's no surprise that they are quite at home in sacred music, and their latest disc is based on the most famous of all prayers. The program begins and ends with the early chant setting of the words; the complete prayer is set by six different composers, and other selections are chosen to relate to individual lines of the text. ("Give us this day our daily bread," for example, leads to Palestrina's "I am the Living Bread.") Of course the personnel have changed over the years, but the perfectly tuned sound remains quite consistent, with the current sopranist and tenor--for my money--the best singers to fill those positions. Booklet with texts and translations.