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Two Thousand Years - Music From The Major Television Series


Release Date: 11/09/1999 
Label:  Conifer   Catalog #: 51353   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hartshorne,Hildegard of BingenPhilippe Le ChancelierAnonymous,   ... 
Performer:  Trevor BurleyShelley Van LoenSue FrostMarie-Claire Brockshaw,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard MarlowKonrad JunghänelThomas HengelbrockMark Stephenson,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  OrchestraChorusCambridge Trinity College Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The English television program TWO THOUSAND YEARS charts relative chronologies in world history, religion, art and science as seen from the perspective of the end of the second millenium, and this two disc anthology taken from the soundtrack follows that progress in music, specifically sacred choral music ranging from the 6th century chant of the Russian Saint Romanus to the late 20th century minimalism of Henryk Gorecki.
The selection is admirably chosen and well distributed through the centuries, especially generous in the amount of earlier music included. There are a few surprises, such as the deeply affecting "Woe is me" of English renaissance composer Thomas Tomkins or the uplifting "Dawn" of current-day New Yorker Meredith Monk, as
Read more well as the moving Agnus Dei of Samuel Barber, which is a lesser-known vocal arrangement of his famous Adagio for Strings.
The performances, featuring the Choir of Trinity College, the King's Singers and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Colin Davis, are all first rate and well-recorded. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Two Thousand Years: Theme by Hartshorne,
Performer:  Trevor Burley (Cello), Shelley Van Loen (Violin), Sue Frost (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2.
O ignee Spiritus by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Marie-Claire Brockshaw (Voice), Harriet Poyer-Sleeman (Voice), Claire Courtney (Voice)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Venue:  Ttrinity College, Cambridge, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Luto carens et latere a 1 by Philippe Le Chancelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 11/1986 
Venue:  St Amandus-Kirche, Köln-Rheinkassel 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Edi be thu, heven-queenë by Anonymous
Performer:  Camilla Otaki (Soprano), Alison Gascoigne (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1270; England 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Absolve, quaesumus, Domine/Requiem aeternam by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Simon Carrington (Baritone), David Hurley (Countertenor), Robert Chilcott (Tenor),
Alastair Hume (Countertenor), Stephen Connolly (Bass), Bruce Russell (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Rejoice unto the Lord by William Byrd
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1586; London, England 
Venue:  Trinity College, Cambridge, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Songs of 3-6 parts: Woe is me that I am constrained by Thomas Tomkins
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1622; England 
Venue:  Trinity College, Cambridge, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z 15 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680-1682; England 
Venue:  Trinity College, Cambridge, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Miserere mei Deus: Miserere mei by Gregorio Allegri
Performer:  Rebecca Daldorph (Soprano), Louisa Keily (Soprano), James Elias (Bass),
Reiner Schneider-Waterburg (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Venue:  Trinity College, Cambridge, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Vespro della Beata Vergine: Excerpt(s) by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1610; Mantua, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1994 
Venue:  Evangelic Church, Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11.
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Sanctus by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra,  Balthaser-Neumann Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12.
Messiah, HWV 56: I know that my redeemer liveth by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Patrizia Kwella (Soprano)
Conductor:  Mark Stephenson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Salve Regina in F minor: Excerpt(s) by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Ruth Ziesak (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stagione
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14.
Requiem in D minor, K 626: Lacrymosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
15.
Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Silas Standage (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
Venue:  Trinity College, Cambridge, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
16.
Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123: Sanctus by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Bass), Uwe Heilmann (Tenor), Jadwiga Rappé (Alto),
Luba Orgonasova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
17.
L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: L'adieu des bergers by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Philip Rushforth (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850-1854; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Trinity College, Cambridge, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: French 
18.
Requiem Mass: Dies irae by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carol Vaness (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1991 
Venue:  Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
19.
Jerusalem by Charles Hubert Parry
Performer:  Philip Rushforth (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; England 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Trinity College, Cambridge, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
20.
Requiem, Op. 48: In paradisum by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir,  London Musici
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; France 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Trinity College, Cambridge, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Composition written: France (1877 - 1890). 
21.
Vespers, Op. 37: no 6, Hail, Virgin, Mother of God by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Valeri Polyanskii
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  Cathedral of the Dormition, Smolensk 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Slavonic 
22.
English Hymnal: no 24, God that madest earth and heaven by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1906; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
23.
Agnus Dei, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  Trinity College, Cambridge, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This work is a vocal arrangement of the composer's 'Adagio for Strings.' 
24.
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: Balulalow by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Marie-Claire Brookshaw (Soprano), Frances Kelly (Harp)
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
25.
Book of days: Dawn by Meredith Monk
Performer:  Katie Geissinger (Alto), Alexandra Montano (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Westenburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Sacra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Date of Recording: 1995 
Venue:  St. Ignatius Loyola Church, New York, NY 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
26.
Symphony no 3, Op. 36 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs": 2nd movement, Lento e largo by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Performer:  Doreen DeFeis (Soprano)
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Canary Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; Poland 
Date of Recording: 04/11/1995 
Venue:  Telde, Gran Canaria 
Length: 9 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Polish 
27.
Timor et tremor, motet for 6 voices, M. iii (S. xix/6) by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1564; Munich, Germany 
Venue:  Trinity College, Cambridge, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
28.
Funeral Ikos by John Tavener
Performer:  Stephen Connolly (Bass), David Hurley (Countertenor), Nigel Short (Countertenor),
Robert Chilcott (Tenor), Bruce Russell (Baritone), Philip Lawson (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 
29.
Today the Virgin by Romanos the Melodist
Conductor:  Oleg Yanchenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrigal Ensemble of Moscow
Period: Medieval 
Written: 6th Century; Byzantium 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Greek 

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