Stabat Mater Dolorosa: Music for Passiontide

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
English collegiate choral recordings range from pure Renaissance traditional to crossover oriented, and this one by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, under Graham Ross lands right in the sweet spot with a sober but warm tone and a seriousness of intent that does not preclude contemporary compositions, including a pair by conductor Ross himself. The album is the second in a series by the choir devoted to events in the Anglican liturgical year; the first was an Advent disc, and this is entirely devoted to Passiontide, with the music linked together by Stabat mater chants. The polyphonic pieces range from Lassus and Victoria and Byrd to several layers of reimagining of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
English collegiate choral recordings range from pure Renaissance traditional to crossover oriented, and this one by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, under Graham Ross lands right in the sweet spot with a sober but warm tone and a seriousness of intent that does not preclude contemporary compositions, including a pair by conductor Ross himself. The album is the second in a series by the choir devoted to events in the Anglican liturgical year; the first was an Advent disc, and this is entirely devoted to Passiontide, with the music linked together by Stabat mater chants. The polyphonic pieces range from Lassus and Victoria and Byrd to several layers of reimagining of the Renaissance style, from Antonio Lotti through Bruckner, Duruflé, and John Stainer up to the present day. The choir is engaged with the sound and spirit of the music and is capable of great power, even if its outdone in sheer pitch precision by some of its rivals. The easy crossover instincts of the likes of John Rutter are avoided, ironically so inasmuch as none other than Rutter is the producer of this release, and it must be said that he has exploited the ideal sound environment of London's All Hallows' Church to the hilt. In all, an unusually well-unified and persuasive choral release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2014
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • UPC: 093046761622
  • Catalog Number: 907616
  • Sales rank: 181,293

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stabat Mater: Christe, cum sit hinc exire - Gregorian Chant & Geneviève Begou (0:46)
  2. 2 Stabat Mater: Fac me plagis vulnerari - Gregorian Chant & Geneviève Begou (0:35)
  3. 3 Ne irascaris (also anthems: "Let not Thy wrath" & "O Lord, turn thy wrath"), motet for 5 voices (SATBar (or T) B) - William Byrd & Geneviève Begou (9:09)
  4. 4 Stabat Mater: Virgo virginum praeclara - Gregorian Chant & Geneviève Begou (0:39)
  5. 5 Salvator mundi (I) (also set as "Arise O Lord" and "With all our hearts"), motet for 5 voices, P. 216 - Thomas Tallis & Geneviève Begou (2:07)
  6. 6 Stabat Mater: Fac me tecum pie flere - Gregorian Chant & Geneviève Begou (0:38)
  7. 7 Ave verum corpus (also anthem: "O Lord, God of Israel"), motet for 4 voices (SATB) - William Byrd & Geneviève Begou (4:18)
  8. 8 St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Er nahm alles wohl in acht - Johann Sebastian Bach & Geneviève Begou (1:08)
  9. 9 Stabat Mater: Sancta Mater, istud agas - Gregorian Chant & Geneviève Begou (0:38)
  10. 10 Crucifixus à 8 - Antonio Lotti & Geneviève Begou (3:01)
  11. 11 Stabat Mater: Eia, Mater, fons amoris - Gregorian Chant & Geneviève Begou (0:35)
  12. 12 Reproaches - John Sanders & Geneviève Begou (10:47)
  13. 13 Stabat Mater: Pro peccatis suae gentis - Gregorian Chant & Geneviève Begou (0:42)
  14. 14 Caligaverunt oculi mei, responsory for 6 voices, W. 7/64 - Carlo Gesualdo & Geneviève Begou (6:31)
  15. 15 Stabat Mater: Quis est homo qui non fleret - Gregorian Chant & Geneviève Begou (0:39)
  16. 16 In jejunio et fletu, motet for 5 voices, P. 198 - Thomas Tallis & Geneviève Begou (4:05)
  17. 17 Stabat Mater: O quam tristis et afflicta - Gregorian Chant & Geneviève Begou (0:38)
  18. 18 Tristis est anima mea, motet for 5 voices, M. iv (S. v/48) - Orlande de Lassus & Geneviève Begou (3:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clare College Choir, Cambridge Primary Artist
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