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Sounds Sublime

Sounds Sublime

by Harry Christophers
     
 
British choir the Sixteen is billed as being among "the Voices of Classic FM," the impressively successful British independent classical radio network. This mixed-gender adult group of (natch) 16 voices performs music ranging from the early English Renaissance to Mozart and, on occasion, the Romantics. An objection

Overview

British choir the Sixteen is billed as being among "the Voices of Classic FM," the impressively successful British independent classical radio network. This mixed-gender adult group of (natch) 16 voices performs music ranging from the early English Renaissance to Mozart and, on occasion, the Romantics. An objection to their style might be that they tend to sound similar in all these repertories. This double-CD "essential collection" tends to reinforce that idea, but it also showcases the group's considerable strengths. To put it briefly, the Sixteen makes early music go down easy and does so without turning it completely into something different. The vocal surfaces are gorgeous, and each album contains a note by director Harry Christophers that touches on connections between the music's origins and its resonances in our own time. They sweat the details and that has never been more apparent than in this greatest-hits release. Most of the time such albums are left to label underlings and produced without imagination, but this one is beautifully packaged and has a full new set of notes concisely explaining the album's fresh concept. That concept is well thought-out; the album is not just a random selection of tracks somehow judged to be the best of the Sixteen, whose music-making is nothing if not consistent. Instead, each piece chosen is associated with a specific historical event, many of them significant junctures in British history. You couldn't ask for a better place to start in approaching unfamiliar music than to get a basic grip on its context in this way and then have it very attractively performed. The remastering is very strong; there's little sense of shifting sonic perspective even though the originals are drawn from a wide variety of this prolific group's releases. All this makes the album a fine introduction to one of modern Britain's most successful vocal groups.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2009
Label:
Coro
UPC:
0828021607325
catalogNumber:
16073

Tracks

  1. Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Magnificat anima mea Dominum  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  2. Ave Maria, gratia plena, motet for 8 voices & organ  - Tomás Luis de Victoria  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  3. Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  4. Iste confessor, motet for soprano, chorus & organ in G major  - Domenico Scarlatti  - Harry Christophers  - Libby Crabtree  -  Sixteen
  5. Spem in Alium (also set as "Sing and glorify"), motet for 40 voices, P. 299  - Thomas Tallis  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  6. Man that is born of a woman, anthem for soprano, alto, tenor, chorus & organ, Z. 27  - Henry Purcell  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  7. Thou know'st, Lord (1st version of 1st setting), anthem for chorus & organ, Z. 58a  - Henry Purcell  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  8. Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258  - George Frideric Handel  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  9. Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), for soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 45: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen  - Johannes Brahms  - Harry Christophers  - Gary Cooper  -  Sixteen  - Christopher Glynn
  10. Crucifixus a 8 Voix  - Antonio Lotti  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  11. Hymns (2) to the Mother of God, for chorus  - John Tavener  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  12. Te Deum: Te gloriosus Apostolorum  - António Teixeira  - Harry Christophers  - Lynda Russell  -  Sixteen
  13. The Lark, incidental music for countertenor, chorus & percussion: Spring Song  - Leonard Bernstein  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  14. Le cantique des cantiques, for unaccompanied voices: La voix du bien-aimé  - Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  15. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu  - Gabriel Fauré  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen  - Elin Manahan Thomas
  16. Sept répons des ténèbres, for child soprano, men's & children's choruses & orchestra, FP 181: Una hora  - Francis Poulenc  -  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  17. Hymn of St. Columba (Regis regum rectissimi), for chorus & organ  - Benjamin Britten  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  18. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54  - George Frideric Handel  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  19. Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: I will sing unto the Lord  - George Frideric Handel  - Harry Christophers  - Nicola Jenkin  -  Sixteen
  20. Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Quoniam tu solus sanctus  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Harry Christophers  - Michael George  - Roger Montgomery  -  Sixteen
  21. Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Cum Sancto Spiritu  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  22. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba  - George Frideric Handel  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  23. Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  24. Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus  - Gregorio Allegri  - Harry Christophers  - Ruth Dean  - Sally Dunkley  - Christopher Purves  -  Sixteen
  25. Missa Papae Marcelli, for 6 voices  - Giovanni Pierliugi Palestrina  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  26. Deus in Auditorium  - Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  27. O Domine Jesu Christe, motet for 6 voices  - Tomás Luis de Victoria  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  28. Libera Nos, Salve Nos I for 7 voices  - John Sheppard  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  29. Mass, for double chorus: Agnus Dei  - Frank Martin  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  30. The Lamb, for chorus  - John Tavener  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  31. Versa est in luctum, motet for 6 voices (Missa Pro defunctis II)  - Tomás Luis de Victoria  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  32. Agnus Dei, for chorus (arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11  - Samuel Barber  - Harry Christophers  - Ruth Dean  -  Sixteen
  33. Advance Democracy, for double chorus  - Benjamin Britten  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  34. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah  - George Frideric Handel  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  35. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Chorus. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  36. Gloria, for 3 solo voices, chorus, trumpet, oboe, violin (ad lib), 2 violas, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in D major, RV 589: Gloria in excelsis Deo  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  37. Cantata No. 50, "Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft" (incomplete), BWV 50 (BC A194): Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Harry Christophers  -  Sixteen
  38. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Let the bright seraphim  - George Frideric Handel  - Harry Christophers  - Lynne Dawson  -  Sixteen  - Crispian Steele-Perkins

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