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Choir of King's College, Cambridge: Music For Holy Week

Song NameComposer
Lamentations Of JeremiahThomas Tallis
O Nata Lux Thomas Tallis
Salvator Mundi Thomas Tallis
If Ye Love Me Thomas Tallis
CrucifixusLotti
There Is A Green Hill Far Away Horsley
O Vos OmnesTomas Luis de Victoria
Nolo Mortem Peccatoris Thomas Morley
Tristis Est Anima Mea Orlando Lassus
Crux Fidelis John IV
Videte Omnes Populi Tomas Luis de Victoria
Drop Drop Slow Tears Orlando Gibbons
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross Webbe
Dum Transisset Sabbatum John Tavener
Jesus Christ Is Risen Today Easter Hymn
The Joyful Eastertide Dutch Carol
Haec Dies Sheppard
Let All The World In Every Corner Sing Leighton

Superb ensemble singing from simply one of the finest choirs in the world. Philip Ledger's tenure at King's was relatively short but he produced a sublime sound from the choir. Then are many jewels on this disc from Lotti's 'Crucifixus' to the simply beautiful interpretation of Orlando Gibbon's 'Drop, drop slow tears'. Perfection in delivery and hauntingly beautiful tone quality mark this performance of some glorious holy week music. "The Lamentations of Jeremiah" are usually transmitted as a single piece in most contemporary manuscripts, but they are really two separate compositions in different modes. Tallis and his contemporary John Sheppard were the only 2 English composers of the time to compose hymn settings of any quality. It has been suggested that they had it in mind to compose a cycle of settings for Mary Tudor's chapel. "O Nata lux" may belong to this Marian set. It is almost entirely homophonic, and relies rhetorically upon a flexible declamatory style. " Salvator Mundi" is one of Tallis's best-known motets. The masterly treatment of imitative writing is combined with a fine sense of structure and balance, achieved through repetition, to give a sense of large-scale design, a feature characteristic of Tallis's best large-scale compositions. And the most beautiful anthem on the disc: Tallis's "If Ye Love Me". So much wonderful music, exquisitely sung; a delcious Easter treat!

Item code: 8598C | 1 CD | $15.95 |add item to cart
Choral | Some a cappella | Male | England
EMC65103.2

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