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Cambridge Singers
Treasures of English Church Music

Song NameComposer
Ave MariaRobert Parsons
Loquebantur variis linguisThomas Tallis
Miserere meiWilliam Byrd
Haec diesWilliam Byrd
Ave verum corpusWilliam Bryrd
If Ye Love MeThomas Tallis
Hide not thou thy faceRichard Farrant
Lord, for thy tender mercy's sakeRichard Farrant
O clap your handsOrlando Gibbons
Bow thine earWilliam Byrd
Hosanna to the Son of DavidOrlando Gibbons
Lord, how long wilt thou be angryHenry Purcell
Tho knowest, lordHenry Purcell
Hear my prayer, O LordHenry Purcell
Beati quorum viaStanford
This joyful EastertideCharles Wood
Sing LullabyHerbert Howels
A Spotless RoseHerbert Howells
What cheer?William Walton
O taste and seeRalph Vaughan Williams
A Hymn to the VirginBenjamin Britten
Jesus Christ the apple treeElizabeth Poston
Faire is the heavenWilliam H. Harris
Rejoice in the LordAnonymous
Remember not, Lord, our offencesHenry Purcell
Come, let's rejoiceJohn Amner
When David heardThomas Tomkins
I say down under his shadowSir Edward Bairstow
These are they that follow the LambJohn Goss
Christe Jesu, pastor boneJohn Tavener
O beatum et sacrosanctum diemPeter Philips
Nunc dimittisHerbert Howells
O vos omnesRalph Vaughan Williams
Factum est silentiumRichard Dering
Justorum animaeC.V. Stanford
Hail, gladdening LightCharles Wood
A hymn to the Mother of GodJohn Tavener
Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of GodJohn Tavener
They are at restEdward Elgar
A LitanyWilliam Walton
Nolo mortem pecatorisThomas Morley
O nata luxThomas Tallis
Loving Shepherd of thy sheepJohn Rutter
The Lord's PrayerRobert Stone
In manus tuasJohn Sheppard
Bring us, O Lord GodWilliam Harris

Directed by John Rutter

Whether you have a couple dozen albums of English choral music or whether you're looking for an introduction to English choral music, this two CD collection is a must. This is all unaccompanied music, sung in a cathedral chapel acoustically suited for such music. The first disc has four primary sections: Music of the Latin Rite; Music of the Reformation; Music of the Restoration; and Anglican Revival and the twentieth century. The most famous composers in English music history -- Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons -- combine with later masters such as Purcell, Stanford, Howells, Walton, Britten and Vaughan Williams to form a truly masterful collection. On the second disc, there are six Latin motets, set by composers such as Taverner, Howells, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Philips and Dering. Anthens and Introits include notables Tomkins and Purcell, and lesser-known composers such as Amner, Bairstow and Goss. Hymns span the range from old to modern, including a hymn by John Rutter himself. The disc ends with three prayer settings, including one by the underappreciated John Sheppard, and another from William Harris, whose hymn serves as the title to the companion disc. These anthems and hymns show a powerful range of music, yet show a consistent tone also that makes it rather distinctive of the music of the English church. The group's power and grace is second to none, particularly when singing this kind of music in a place such as Ely Cathedral, arguably the most natural of settings possible.

Item code: 8694C | 2 CDs | $29.95 add item to cart
Choral | A Cappella | Mixed | England

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