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Cambridge Singers: Lighten Our Darkness: Music for the Close of Day

Song NameComposer
In PaceSheppard
Libera Nos, Salva NosSheppard
Justorum Animae Orlando Lassus
Pastor Noster Handl
O Lord, The Maker Of All Thing Mundy
Visita, Quaesumus DomineWilliam Byrd
Abendlied Josef Rheinberger
O Christ Who Art The Light And Day William Byrd
O Gladsome Light Bourgeois
Te Lucis Ante Terminum Thomas Tallis
Alma Redemptoris Mater Tomas Luis de Victoria
Ave Regina Caelorum Tomas Luis de Victoria
Regina Caeli Laetare Tomas Luis de Victoria
Ave Maria Guerrero
Bogoroditsye Dyevo Sergey Rachmaninov
In Manus Tuas William Byrd
In Manus TuasSheppard

Directed by John Rutter

The service of Compline is the last of the seven daily services observed in monastic communities, taking place immediately before bedtime. This CD gathers together 18 of the many lovely a cappella choral motets, mainly from the Renaissance period, which were written to adorn the evening worship of the church. Composers featured include William Byrd, Orlando de Lassus, John Sheppard and others. In some traditions it became the custom to include a Motet of the Virgin Mary within Compline. Here we have four examples by de Victoria and a beautiful Ave Maria by Rachmaninov. The Cambridge Singers, directed by John Rutter, sing as well as ever and the clear and cool acoustic of the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral make it the perfect setting for Compline. In addition there is a 22 minute bonus disc in which the Office of Compline, sung in English with its traditional chants, is given in its entirety with John Harte as Reader and Simon Wall as Precentor.

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Item code: 8399C | 2 CDs | $15.95 |add item to cart
Early Music  | A Cappella | Mixed | England
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