The Sacred Flame - European Sacred Music of the Renaissance and Baroque Era

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
John Rutter's handpicked Cambridge Singers have lately been more often deployed in his own music, but Rutter originally formed the group to perform monuments of Renaissance sacred music like those heard on this release. The singers, adult and mixed in gender, mostly emerged from the choral groups of prominent English universities and cathedrals, but Rutter has certainly put his own stamp on them. His performances of Renaissance works tend to make them sound like his own music, with a sunny, slightly soprano-heavy sound there are 12 sopranos and only seven or eight singers on the other voice parts clear articulation of the texts and the polyphony, and a certain piety. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
John Rutter's handpicked Cambridge Singers have lately been more often deployed in his own music, but Rutter originally formed the group to perform monuments of Renaissance sacred music like those heard on this release. The singers, adult and mixed in gender, mostly emerged from the choral groups of prominent English universities and cathedrals, but Rutter has certainly put his own stamp on them. His performances of Renaissance works tend to make them sound like his own music, with a sunny, slightly soprano-heavy sound there are 12 sopranos and only seven or eight singers on the other voice parts clear articulation of the texts and the polyphony, and a certain piety. The program here extends forward into the Baroque with Bach and Buxtehude, not with notable success, but many of the Renaissance standards are very appealing. Consider the setting of "O vos omnes" by Carlo Gesualdo track 8, for which the "O vos omnes" by Victoria track 13 provides a useful foil. The bright sound of Rutter's singers collides with the work's gloomy chromatic passages to create a sort of chiaroscuro effect. The performances of Palestrina and especially of Josquin's "Ave Maria...virgo serena" are clean and undeniably attractive. If Rutter has a slight tendency to make diverse music sound similar. he is technically faultless, and the engineering by Simon Eadon, working in the Great Hall of University College School in London, is exceptional. Notes, in English only, provide texts and substantial introductions to each piece.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • Label: Collegium
  • UPC: 040888013426
  • Catalog Number: 134
  • Sales rank: 20,853

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jubilate Deo, motet for 8 voices (1597) - John Rutter & Giovanni Gabrieli (5:08)
  2. 2 Beatus Vir (I), motet for 6 voices, 2 violins, 3 violas/trombones and continuo (from Seva morale e spirituale), SV 268 - Claudio Monteverdi & John Rutter (8:32)
  3. 3 Christe, adoramus te, motet for 5 voices, SV 293 - Claudio Monteverdi & John Rutter (3:01)
  4. 4 Cantate Domino canticum novum, motet, version for 6 voices, SV 292 - Claudio Monteverdi & John Rutter (1:56)
  5. 5 Sicut cervus, motet for 4 voices (from Motets Book II for 4 voices) - John Rutter & Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (3:15)
  6. 6 Exsultate Deo, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book V) - John Rutter & Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (2:12)
  7. 7 Christus Factus Est, motet for 4 voices - John Rutter & Felice Anerio (2:07)
  8. 8 O vos omnes, responsory for 5 voices, W. 8/40 - John Rutter & Carlo Gesualdo (3:36)
  9. 9 Timor et tremor, motet for 6 voices, M. iii (S. xix/6) - John Rutter & Orlande de Lassus (3:33)
  10. 10 Ave verum corpus, motet for 6 voices, M. xiii (S. xiii/66) - John Rutter & Orlande de Lassus (4:13)
  11. 11 Laudate Dominum omnes gentes, motet for 5 voices & continuo (Cantiones Sacrae No. 11) - John Rutter & Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (2:55)
  12. 12 Magnificat, for SSATB voices, 2 violins, 2 violas, violone & continuo, BuxWV Anh 1 (doubtful) - Dietrich Buxtehude & John Rutter (8:06)
  13. 13 Jesu, dulcis memoria, hymn for 4 voice (spurious) - John Rutter & Tomás Luis de Victoria (1:56)
  14. 14 O vos omnes, responsory for 4 voices - John Rutter & Tomás Luis de Victoria (3:18)
  15. 15 Crux fidelis, for 4 voices - John Rutter & Joâo IV of Portugal (2:35)
  16. 16 Ave Maria... virgo serena, motet for 4 parts - Josquin Des Prez & John Rutter (6:07)
  17. 17 Dixit Maria, for 4 voices - John Rutter & Hans Leo Hassler (2:20)
  18. 18 Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt (Psalm 100) for double chorus & continuo, SWV 36 (Op. 2/15) (2 versions) - John Rutter & Heinrich Schütz (4:23)
  19. 19 Selig sind die Toten, motet for 2 sopranos, alto, 2 tenors, bass & continuo, SWV 391 (Op. 11/23) - John Rutter & Heinrich Schütz (4:11)
  20. 20 O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht, motet for chorus & brass ("Cantata No. 118"), BWV 118a (BC B23a) - Johann Sebastian Bach & John Rutter (4:51)
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Performance Credits
John Rutter Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Arguably the best collection of its kind that I have heard!

    John Rutter has always dominated the choral music field, mostly performances and recordings of his own compositions. Who knew that a colelction of early church music would be so captivating. The Cambrisge Singers are in fine voice as they navigate the performance practices of the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. The new group that specializes in Early Music La Nuova Musica give sensitive and appropriate accompaniment to the singers. I can not think of enough superlatives to use when reommending this recording, which I do without reservation.

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