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The Sixteen, BBC Philharmonic, Harry Christophers - A la Gloire de Dieu: Works by Ives, Stravinsky, Tippett & Poulenc (1995)

À la Gloire de Dieu: Works by Ives, Stravinsky, Tippett & Poulenc (1995)
The Sixteen; BBC Philharmonic; Harry Christophers, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 212 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Collins | # 14462 | Time: 01:03:15

The Sixteen, bright stars of the Baroque, have plenty to say on 20th-century repertoire (witness their excellent Britten series on Collins). Underpin them with the BBC Philharmonic and it might seem a magic formula. Ives’s unearthly The Unanswered Question holds few problems for instrumental players weaned on Maxwell Davies – no more than do the brilliant wind roulades of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. Deft BBC teamwork and a chamber articulation to woodwind and brass helps this Koussevitzky-commissioned masterpiece to shed its often hammy ‘big band’ sound, creeping closer to the subtle, leaner sonorities of his later choral works. It gains. The singing varies. Too many dynamic shifts sound prosaic or under-prepared; fortes are forced, with muddy results. The vocal blend (happier in lower voices) can seem haphazard and colours the Tippett, where the men’s roars – contrast the lovely, sensual soprano solo – seem crude. Get this disc, instead, for the rare, late Poulenc – his New York-commissioned Sept répons. It is a curiously under-recorded devotional work, bleeding with pathos yet pumping energy, its exoticism enhanced by slightly breathy, tender solos, and scintillatingly sung with just those crucial missing qualities of awe and freshness. A million times more refined than what goes before.

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Sacred and Profane (2018)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at March 2, 2018
The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Sacred and Profane (2018)

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Sacred and Profane (2018)
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 259 MB
Label: Coro | Tracks: 16 | Time: 66:34 min

William Cornysh and Benjamin Britten were prolific writers of both sacred and secular music. Cornysh is actually two people, quite possibly father and son. Both were court musicians who excelled at writing complex and adventurous antiphons for the church, as well as beautiful secular songs for the courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII. As far as who wrote what is concerned, the truth may never be known and so here they are linked as one.
The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Poetry in Music (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Poetry in Music (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 70:43 minutes | 1.16 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Does music add substance to words or is music inspired by them? Songs of departure and farewell are deeply rooted in the great tradition of British choral music, nourished by ancient myths of testing journeys, wayside transformations and homecomings. The transcendent nature of music and the power of poetry to challenge and alter perceptions of reality – harnessed by English composers over many centuries – flow through a programme that invites contemplation of life and death, of love and loss, creation and eternity. In a journey covering six centuries of musical history, The Sixteen performs a cappella anthems with powerful texts by writers as varied as Edmund Spenser, Christopher Fry and W.H. Auden.
The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Vivaldi: Gloria in D Major, RV 589 - J.S. Bach: Mass in G Major, BWV 236 (2018)

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Vivaldi: Gloria in D Major, RV 589 - J.S. Bach: Mass in G Major, BWV 236 (2018)
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 327 MB
Label: CORO | Tracks: 20 | Time: 70:36 min

Vivaldi's Gloria is one of sacred musics most uplifting choral works and a joyful hymn of praise with moments ranging from festive brilliance to profound sadness. Composed in Venice, probably in 1715, for the choir of the Ospedale della Pietà, its wonderfully sunny nature and distinctive melodies and rhythms give it an immediate and universal appeal. Bach was a fierce admirer of Vivaldi's work, and his extraordinarily inventive Mass in G major complements the Gloria perfectly.
The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - The Deer's Cry (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - The Deer's Cry (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 66:43 minutes | 1.16 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Whilst coming from very different eras, William Byrd and Arvo Pärt are both considered masters of sacred music despite having faced considerable persecution for their work. This programme presents six of William Byrd’s works from the Cantiones Sacrae including the monumental Tribue, Domine, and the mighty eight-voice motet Ad Dominum cum tribularer. The three works by Arvo Pärt speak in his unmistakable voice, with its unique blend of ancient and modern, and include his mesmerising Nunc dimittis which is crafted in his bell-like ‘tinitinnabuli’ style.
The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Song of the Nativity (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Song of the Nativity (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 73:42 minutes | 1.26 GB
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The Sixteen contrasts the dramatic intensity of music by some of today’s most admired composers with such traditional and modern carols as Boris Ord’s Adam lay ybounden and Henry Walford Davies’ version of O little town of Bethlehem. Much-loved modern classics including John Rutter’s There is a flower, Morten Lauridsen’s O magnum mysterium and James MacMillan’s O radiant dawn also appear on this beautiful album and there are many others which, in the course of time, will also become classics; every one of them by their unashamed simplicity, captures the joy and sincerity of this most wonderful of seasons. This album provides a perfect peaceful and uplifting antidote to the hectic pre-Christmas rush.
The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Monteverdi: Messa a quattro voci et salmi of 1650, Vol. I (2016) [24/96]

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Monteverdi: Messa a quattro voci et salmi of 1650, Vol. I (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 71:27 minutes | 1.25 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Monteverdi’s sacred vocal compositions introduced the expression of powerful and personal emotions to the world of church music. Whilst it took him a number of years to find fulfilment in his work, Monteverdi was a revered composer within his lifetime and his music is regarded as revolutionary, marking the change from the Renaissance style to that of the Baroque. This album comprises some of the finest works from Monteverdi’s years as director of music at St Mark’s in Venice, published posthumously in 1650 as the Messa a quattro voci et salmi.
The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Edmund Rubbra: Sacred Choral Works (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Edmund Rubbra: Sacred Choral Works (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 72:58 minutes | 1.16 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

The distinctive style of Edmund Rubbra’s music is unmistakable – his love of counterpoint, his sense of tonality, and his clever working of melody make him stand out from many of his contemporaries. His writing, whilst harmonically challenging and vocally taxing, is also intensely personal and highly charged with emotion - at times mystical, at others seriously dramatic.
The Sixteen & Eamonn Dougan - Marcin Mielczewski (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

The Sixteen & Eamonn Dougan - Marcin Mielczewski (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 60:19 minutes | 0.99 GB
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The fifth volume in this highly acclaimed series, conducted by The Sixteen’s Associate Conductor, Eamonn Dougan, celebrates the music of Polish composer Marcin Mielczewski. Together with Bartłomiej Pękiel, Mielczewski was amongst the most notable of 17th-century Polish composers and was recognised as a leader among his contemporaries. Influenced by the many Italian composers who graced the Polish courts in the 1600s, Mielczewski was a prolific composer. The cross-section of works recorded here shows an exceptionally accomplished musician at work, one whose music deserves a wider audience and who can confidently stand alongside the maestri who came before him and from whom he learnt his craft.
The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Palestrina, Vol. 7 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Palestrina, Vol. 7 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 71:50 minutes | 1.18 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

The Sixteen continues its exploration of Palestrina’s great art with the eagerly anticipated seventh album in the series which includes the Missa Ave Regina caelorum