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'Advent Carols’ 2019

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Every December, over a thousand people attend the Advent Carol service in the Chapel of King's College London, which is repeated over three nights to meet demand. This album offers a snapshot of one such service, with its characteristic mix of plainchant, seasonal hymns and polyphony old and new. The Great 'O' Antiphons (sung according to medieval Sarum practice) provide the backbone, pointing inexorably towards the Christmas birth.

A brace of premiere recordings centres on composers with personal connections to King's, and is complemented by current Professor of Composition George Benjamin's rarely heard setting of a prophetic text after Isaiah. It intensifies the mood of heightened expectation propert to this very special season, and reminds us that something truly extraordinary is about to happen.

Contents

Advent Prose: Drop down, ye heavens, from above

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Canite tuba

Antiphon: O Sapientia

Philip Moore Sancte et sapienter

Antiphon: O Adonai

Orlande de Lassus Ad to Domine levavi

Antiphon: O Radix Jesse

Joel Rust O Radix Jesse

Antiphon: O Clavis David

William Byrd Tollite portas

Lo! he comes with clouds descending

Antiphon: O Oriens

Cecilia McDowall Advent Moon

Antiphon: O Rex Gentium

George Benjamin 'Twas in the year that King Uzziah died

Antiphon: O Emmanuel

William Byrd Laetentur caeli

O come, O come, Emmanuel

Antiphon: O Virgo virginum

Kerensa Briggs Magnificat (Gloucester Service)

Hildegard of Bingen O frondens virga

 

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‘Masses for Double Choir’ 2019

 

Mass for Double Choir

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In the 1920s Frank Martin, a Swiss Calvinist by upbringing, created a radiant Latin setting of the Mass for double choir, only to return it to the bottom drawer, considering it to be ‘a matter between God and myself’. It was finally released for performance forty years later, around the same time that the Edinburgh-based composer Kenneth Leighton made his own double-choir setting – a work with moments of striking stillness, delightful to choral singers and yet rarely recorded. 

Contrasts and comparisons abound at every point in this fascinating pairing of Masses from the supposedly godless twentieth century, and are bought out to the full by The Choir of King’s College London’s impassioned performances. A short organ postlude by the teenage Jehan Alain, written on retreat in a monastery in 1930, follows like a voluntary concluding the liturgy.

The newest recording from the Choir of King’s College London (Joseph Fort, Director), titled ‘Masses for Double Choir’, also features James Orford (Organ), Mimi Doulton (Soprano), Caitlin Goreing (Alto), William Hester (Tenor) and Joseph Edwards (Bass).

Contents

1-6 Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988) - Mass, Op. 44

7-11 Frank Martin (1890-1974) - Mass for double choir

12 Jehan Alain (1911-1940) - Poslude pour l'office de Complies

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‘An English Requiem’ 2017


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Since its London premiere in 1871, Brahms’ German Requiem has enjoyed immense popularity in the UK, in both its orchestral and chamber versions. But the setting we know today is not the one that nineteenth-century British audiences knew and loved. The work was rarely performed here in German; rather, it was almost always sung in English translation, and was even known by some as An English Requiem.

The Choir of King's College London revives the nineteenth-century English setting in which Brahms' masterpiece established itself as a favourite among its earliest British audiences. Under its director Joseph Fort, the Choir is joined by pianists James Baillieu and Richard Uttley, and soloists Mary Bevan and Marcus Farnsworth. 

Contents

Blessed are they that mourn

Behold, all flesh is as the grass

Lord, make me to know the measure of my days

How lovely is Thy dwelling place

Ye now are sorrowful

Here on earth have we no continuing place

Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord

In Memoriam 2016


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The choir which David Trendell directed for twenty-two years pays tribute in a collection of specially chosen pieces by David's colleagues, friends and former students, interspersed with the Renaissance polyphony which was Trendell's area of  scholarly expertise.

His deep love for the Song of Songs has inspired many of the inclusions, and its nature imagery threads through the disc, adding a suggestion of renewal and rebirth to the memorial tone of works written in the difficult months after his untimely death.

The composers' affection for David and gratitude for his life and musical achievements is matched by the intelligence and deep musicality of the choir he raised to an international reputation, and which here takes on a sophisticated and challenging programme in his memory.

Contents

William Byrd  Laudibus in sanctis

Matthew Kaner  Duo seraphim

Gareth Wilson  Magnificat & Nunc dimittis (Collegium Regale)

Silvina Milstein  ushnarasmou - untimely spring

Francis Pott  Nigra sum sed formosa

Jean Lheritier ed. David Trendell  Nigra sum sed formosa

Rob Busiakiewicz  Ego sum resurrectio et vita

Rob Keeley  Magnificat & Nunc dimittis

Antony Pitts  Pie Jesu (Prayer of the Heart)

Matthew Martin  An invocation to the Holy Spirit

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina  Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui

Jacob Clemens non Papa  Ego flos campi

Francis Grier  Panis angelicus

Desenclos  Poulenc  Villette 2014

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Contents

Alfred Desenclos Messe de Requiem

Pierre Villette O sacrum convivium

Vilette Hymne a la Vierge

Vilette Attende Domine

Desenclos Salve regina

Desenclos Nos autem

Francis Poulenc Litanies a la Vierge noire

Deutsche Motette 2013

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Contents

Deutsche Motette Op 62

Vier doppelchorige Gesange Op 141

Gott ist mein Hirt D706

O Heiland, reiB die Himmel auf Op 74 No 2

Abendlied Op 69 No 3

Liebe Op 18

Gregorio Allegri 2012

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Contents

Missa in lectulo meo

Kyrie

Gloria

Credo

Motet: In lectulo meo Pierre Bonhomme (Bonomi)

Sanctus & Benedictus

Agnus Dei

Miserere

Missa Christus resurgens

Kyrie

Gloria

Credo

Motet: Christus resurgens ex mortuis

Sanctus & Benedictus

Agnus Dei

Simon Hogan organ continuo

Sebastian de Vivanco 2005

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Contents

Crux fidelis

Missa crux fidelis & Motets

Kyrie

Gloria

Circumdederunt me

Credo

Pater dimitte illis

Sanctus and Benedictus

O sacrum convivium

Agnus Dei

Surrexit pastor bonus

O rex gloriae

Two Funeral Motets

De profundis clamavi

Versa est in luctum

Two Marian Motets

Veni dilecte mi

Assumpta est Maria

Voix d'ete en creuse 20 ans 1986 > 2005

Voix

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Thérèse of Lisieux 2001

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The Centenary Office of St Thérèse of Lisieux

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Contents

My Vocation is Love (Entrance Hymn)

The Death of Therese (Reading part 1)

As you know (Antiphon & Ps 112-146)

The Death of Therese (Reading part 2)

Bells & Introduction to the Office

After Therese (Invitatory antiphon & Ps 94)

Graft me on you, O Vine (Chorale)

How happy I've been (Antiphon & Ps 15)

True Life is a treasure (Antiphon & Ps 26)

I feel my mission (Antiphon & Ps 83)

A Reading from the Manuscripts (1)

What do death and life (Responsory)

A Reading from the Manuscripts (2)

Whoever is a little one (Responsory)

Alleluia & Gospel (Matthew 18:1-5)

The litany

Concluding prayer

Remember, Lord (Final chorale)

John Taverner and William Byrd 2000

Taverner

 

Nominated for the Gramaphone Early Music Award (2001)

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Contents

Laetentur caeli: William Byrd

Missa Corona spinea: John Taverner

Gloria

Credo

Sanctus

Agnus Dei

Tristitia et anxietas: William Byrd

Audivi vocem de caelo: John Taverner

 


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