Renaissance Music for Inner Peace

Renaissance Music for Inner Peace

by The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
     
 

For a program that contains music not only by Tallis, Byrd, and Josquin but also Barber, Gorecki, and Poulenc, Renaissance Music for Inner Peace is something of a misnomer. Five of the 16 pieces here come not from the Renaissance but from the 19th and 20th centuries. No matter. The Sixteen, the English choral group founded by director Harry Christophers, haveSee more details below

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For a program that contains music not only by Tallis, Byrd, and Josquin but also Barber, Gorecki, and Poulenc, Renaissance Music for Inner Peace is something of a misnomer. Five of the 16 pieces here come not from the Renaissance but from the 19th and 20th centuries. No matter. The Sixteen, the English choral group founded by director Harry Christophers, have long been known for their embrace of music outside the traditional domain of Oxbridge a cappella ensembles, and this disc serves as a fine sampler of their artistry, as well as fulfilling its chill-out-to-the-classics marketing scheme. It also offers an abundance of gorgeous music, from a laundry list of great choral composers. And how fascinating to compare side-by-side Allegri's "Miserere," with its reaching-for-the-heavens soprano line, and Barber's equally range-stretching "Agnus Dei," the composer's own choral arrangement of his famous Adagio for Strings. Just as intriguing is the juxtaposition of Lotti's harmonically bold "Crucifixus" and Tavener's (the contemporary, not Renaissance, one) lovely "The Lamb." In the end, whether listened to as fodder for thought or as sonic Valium, Renaissance Music for Inner Peace delivers.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Marc Rochester
For those who would argue that under Harry Christophers The Sixteen has become the finest small choral group in existence, this [disc] will serve as conclusive proof. For others this matchless music-making will provide a source of endless satisfaction and enrichment.
BBC Music Magazine - George Pratt
The choir earned its reputation as 16 voices singing 16th-century polyphony with exceptional sensitivity, and it retains a special intensity in motets by Byrd and Tallis.... The Sixteen brings the same control of line -- phrases expanding from a diaphanous clarity to intense richness and back again -- in its 20th-century selection.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2005
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0602498701287
catalogNumber:
000453102
Rank:
35725

Tracks

  1. Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus  -  Sixteen
  2. Agnus Dei, for chorus (arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11  -  Sixteen
  3. Crucifixus  -  Sixteen
  4. The Lamb, for chorus  -  Sixteen
  5. Christe, adoramus te, motet for 5 voices, SV 293  -  Sixteen
  6. Kyrie  -  Sixteen
  7. If ye love me, anthem for 4 voices  -  Sixteen
  8. Totus Tuus, for chorus, Op. 60  -  Sixteen
  9. Locus iste, gradual for chorus in C major, WAB 23  -  Sixteen
  10. When David Heard That Absalom Was Slain, for 5 voices  -  Sixteen
  11. lustorum animae  -  Sixteen
  12. Salvator mundi (I) (also set as "Arise O Lord" and "With all our hearts  -  Sixteen
  13. Agnus Dei  -  Sixteen
  14. Ave Maria... virgo serena, motet for 4 parts  -  Sixteen
  15. Salve Regina, for chorus, FP 110  -  Sixteen
  16. Libera Nos, Salve Nos I for 7 voices  -  Sixteen

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