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Come Holy Spirit / Queen's College Choir Oxford

Choir Queen's College Oxford / Parsons / Rees
Release Date: 10/26/2004 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 7276   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Duarte LôboGiovanni PalestrinaThomas TallisJonathan Harvey,   ... 
Performer:  George ParsonsAbraham van LingeConstance WordsworthAlexandra Mayson,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Beginning with an expectedly rousing and expertly rendered God is gone up by Gerald Finzi, the Choir of the Queen’s College, Oxford and organist George Parsons offer a stylistically varied yet thematically cohesive program that ranges from Tallis and Byrd to Bach and Finzi, ending with Kenneth Leighton's exuberant anthem Let all the world. In between we hear three chorale-based organ works by Bach--brilliantly played, the contrapuntal lines clearly articulated, the voicings fully exploiting both the instrument's bright and dark colors and its nimbleness and power--and some well-chosen pieces from renaissance Spain (Guerrero, Victoria), Portugal (Lobo), and Italy (Palestrina). Perhaps the disc's highlight is Jonathan Harvey's (b. 1939) Read more setting of Come, Holy Ghost, a masterful evocation of the mystical, surprising, and incomprehensible visitation of the Holy Spirit. Harvey employs the familiar hymn melody (Veni creator spiritus) and embellishes it with tone clusters, exotic harmonies, a couple of ear-catching solos (tenor James Gilchrist is especially notable), random, arrhythmic utterances, and in general draws us into a strange sound-world that's fully worthy of its subject.


The choir of mixed voices (female sopranos; the alto section includes at least one male voice) is excellent, showing an overall mastery of the various styles and voice configurations. However, in the more thick-textured pieces--such as Tallis' Loquebantur variis linguis and Guerrero's Duo seraphim--interior voice-parts are somewhat mushy in the relatively close-up recording. Mostly, the singing is clear and detailed and well-balanced but for the occasional soprano emphasis. And although we've heard Tallis' "If ye love me" more times than we can count, this choir's lovely rendition allows us the chance to appreciate its simple beauty yet once more--and no one will complain. Highly recommended to all choral music fans.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Regina cæli lætare by Duarte Lôbo
Performer:  George Parsons (Organ), Abraham van Linge (Glass)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  The Queen's College, Oxford, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2.
Veni Sancte Spiritus by Giovanni Palestrina
Performer:  George Parsons (Organ), Abraham van Linge (Glass)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; Italy 
Venue:  The Queen's College, Oxford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
3.
If ye love me by Thomas Tallis
Performer:  George Parsons (Organ), Abraham van Linge (Glass)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Venue:  The Queen's College, Oxford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4.
Come Holy Ghost by Jonathan Harvey
Performer:  Constance Wordsworth (), George Parsons (Organ), Abraham van Linge (Glass),
Alexandra Mayson (), Tim Gabbitas (), James Gilchrist (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; England 
Venue:  The Queen's College, Oxford, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
5.
Spiritus Sanctus replevit totam domum by Giovanni Palestrina
Performer:  George Parsons (Organ), Abraham van Linge (Glass)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Venue:  The Queen's College, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
6.
O Lord, give thy holy spirit by Thomas Tallis
Performer:  George Parsons (Organ), Abraham van Linge (Glass)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Venue:  The Queen's College, Oxford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
7.
Loquebantur variis linguis by Thomas Tallis
Performer:  George Parsons (Organ), Abraham van Linge (Glass)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Venue:  The Queen's College, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
8.
Tibi laus tibi Gloria, motet for 4 voices, M. xiv (S. i/67) by Orlando de Lassus
Performer:  Abraham van Linge (Glass), George Parsons (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  The Queen's College, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
9.
Prayer to the Holy Trinity, for chorus by John Tavener
Performer:  George Parsons (Organ), Abraham van Linge (Glass)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1995 
Venue:  The Queen's College, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
10.
Duo Seraphim by Francisco Guerrero
Performer:  Joe Harper (), Kirsty Anderson (), Abraham van Linge (Glass),
George Parsons (Organ), Kiri Parker ()
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Venue:  The Queen's College, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
11.
Let all the world in every corner sing by Kenneth Leighton
Performer:  George Parsons (Organ), Abraham van Linge (Glass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955 
Venue:  The Queen's College, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
12.
Ascendit Deus by William Byrd
Performer:  George Parsons (Organ), Abraham van Linge (Glass)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  The Queen's College, Oxford, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
13.
Fantasia super Komm, heiliger Geist, BWV 651 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  George Parsons (Organ), Abraham van Linge (Glass)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  The Queen's College, Oxford, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
14.
Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 667 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  George Parsons (Organ), Abraham van Linge (Glass)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  The Queen's College, Oxford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
15.
Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 671 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  George Parsons (Organ), Abraham van Linge (Glass)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  The Queen's College, Oxford, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
16.
Ascendens Christus in altum, motet for 5 voices by Tomás L. de Victoria
Performer:  George Parsons (Organ), Abraham van Linge (Glass)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1572 
Venue:  The Queen's College, Oxford, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
17.
God is gone up, anthem by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  George Parsons (Organ), Abraham van Linge (Glass)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1951; United Kingdom 
Venue:  The Queen's College, Oxford, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 

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