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Rise, O My Soul - English Anthems / Jackson, Les Voix Humaines


Release Date: 06/05/2007 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 22506   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Orlando GibbonsJohn WardThomas TomkinsJohn Bull,   ... 
Conductor:  Christopher Jackson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix HumainesMontreal Studio for Ancient Music Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


What a beautiful CD! If you've never heard the rich-textured, vibrant sound of voices and viols, this would make an ideal first experience; and if you have, you'll be impressed with the music's full-bodied character and with the ardent, deeply felt expression of the singers, perfectly imitated and supported by the instruments. These English verse anthems were nothing if not full of emotion and spiritual passion, an opportunity for soloists and choir to articulate prayers and praise through music in the language of ordinary people, facilitated--indeed demanded--by the reformation in England in the 16th century. The composers represented here were all experts in the devices and designs of liturgical
Read more music--only William Simmes will be unfamiliar to most listeners--and the examples we hear are all substantial, masterful creations. Besides the lovely choral sound, most impressive is the ensemble phrasing, which invariably--and appropriately--yields to the natural emphasis of the text while never forgetting the satisfying effect of a well-turned cadence. The singers are uniformly excellent, and the instrumentalists--some of the world's best period-specialists--get additional chances to show their stuff in viol fantasias by Tomkins and Gibbons. The sound, from Quebec's Église Saint-Augustin de Mirabel, is resonant, robust, and real. There are other fine recordings of similar repertoire, but none better than this one. Highly recommended!

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
O all true faithful hearts by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Christopher Jackson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines,  Montreal Studio for Ancient Music Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
2.
Prayer is an endless chain by John Ward
Conductor:  Christopher Jackson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines,  Montreal Studio for Ancient Music Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
3.
See, see, the word is incarnate by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Christopher Jackson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines,  Montreal Studio for Ancient Music Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1616; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 59 Secs. 
4.
Almighty God, who by the leading "Starre Anthem" by John Bull
Conductor:  Christopher Jackson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines,  Montreal Studio for Ancient Music Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5.
Glorious and powerful God by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Christopher Jackson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines,  Montreal Studio for Ancient Music Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6.
Rise, O my soul by William Simmes
Conductor:  Christopher Jackson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines,  Montreal Studio for Ancient Music Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 7 Minutes 39 Secs. 
7.
Sing unto God by Thomas Tomkins
Conductor:  Christopher Jackson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines,  Montreal Studio for Ancient Music Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
8.
Above the stars my saviour dwells by Thomas Tomkins
Conductor:  Christopher Jackson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines,  Montreal Studio for Ancient Music Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
9.
Fantasia for Keyboard by Thomas Tomkins
Conductor:  Christopher Jackson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
10.
Fantasias (9) à 3: no 1 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Christopher Jackson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1620; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
11.
Fantasia a 6 by Thomas Tomkins
Conductor:  Christopher Jackson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

O all true faithful hearts (Gibbons)
Rise, O my soul (Simmes)

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