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Lighten Our Darkness / Rutter, The Cambridge Singers


Release Date: 10/17/2006 
Label:  Collegium Records   Catalog #: 131   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John SheppardOrlando de LassusJacob HandlWilliam Mundy,   ... 
Performer:  John HarteSimon Wall
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 40 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Back in the late-1980s, John Rutter and his Cambridge Singers made an interesting CD for the eclectic American Gramaphone label titled Brother Sun, Sister Moon. The second half of the program concerned "Music of the Evening Rite", exactly the same theme Rutter and his group explore here, performing several of the same works, but also filling out the concept with more music--and concluding with a second CD devoted to a celebration of the Roman (and later Anglican) evening worship service known as Compline.


Typical of Rutter's recordings, this one offers a carefully organized, logically flowing program of stylistically and thematically complementary works, beginning and
Read more ending with beautiful motets by John Sheppard, the first of which, In pace, also appeared on the earlier disc. Renaissance composers Sheppard, Byrd, and Victoria are most represented, but from later centuries we also hear Josef Rheinberger's lovely Abendlied and Rachmaninov's oft-performed Bogoroditsye Dyevo (Ave Maria), this last sounding curiously light-textured, more like an English partsong than a serious, bass-rich Slavic prayer.


The second disc will be a curiosity for most listeners, but for Anglican/Episcopal church-goers the structure and unison English chants encompassing Responses, Psalms, Lessons, and recitation of the Apostles' Creed will be very familiar. It may not be the most compelling programming for a commercial CD, but the inclusion of this service, with its lovely, prayerful, humble simplicity makes sense in this context--and placing it on a separate disc gives it both a proper liturgical distinction and a logical place apart from the strictly musical program. And if you've been a long-time Cambridge Singers fan, it won't surprise you to know that, although the singers may have changed over the last couple of decades, Rutter's choir is excellent as ever, and the sound, from the group's ideal and favored venue--the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral--can't be better. [9/15/2006]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
In pace in idipsum by John Sheppard
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
2.
Libera nos by John Sheppard
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
3.
Justorum animae by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
4.
Pater noster by Jacob Handl
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Austria 
5.
O Lord, the maker of all things by William Mundy
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
6.
Gradualia, Volume 1: Part 2 - Visita quaesumus, Domine by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
7.
Geistliche Gesänge (3), Op. 69: no 3, Abendlied by Joseph Rheinberger
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1873; Germany 
8.
Christe qui lux es, MB 121 by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
9.
O gladsome light by Loys Bourgeois
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
10.
Te lucis ante terminum by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
11.
Alma Redemptoris mater à 8 by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1581; Spain 
12.
Ave regina coelorum by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
13.
Regina caeli laetare by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
14.
Salve regina a 8 by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1576; Spain 
15.
Vespers, Op. 37: no 3, Blessed is the man by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Russia 
16.
Fantasia à 4 in G major "In manus tuas" by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1605; England 
17.
In manus tuas Domine by John Sheppard
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
18.
Office of the Compline by Anonymous
Performer:  John Harte (Spoken Vocals), Simon Wall (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
19.
Ave Maria, motet for 8 voices by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers

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