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Sacred & Profane / Christophers, The Sixteen


Release Date: 03/02/2018 
Label:  Coro   Catalog #: 16159  
Composer:  Benjamin BrittenWilliam Cornysh
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Over four centuries separate these two representatives of English music at its finest. William Cornysh and Benjamin Britten were prolific in both sacred and secular music. Cornysh is actually two people, often confused with one another and quite possibly father and son. The matter of telling which man wrote which works is impossible to settle, so for the purpose of this album they are linked as one. So whether it be the Elder or the Younger, we are fortunate that they not only excelled at writing complex and adventurous antiphons for the church but also beautiful secular songs for the Tudor court. For Britten writing in the 20th-century life was very different; he is a composer who encompassed so many facets of music excelling in opera, Read more solo song and all manners of vocal and instrumental music. This album looks at the way these composers mixed sacred with secular. Whilst Cornysh’s sacred music is elaborate and rhythmically complicated, his secular music is simple yet subtly evocative. Britten makes constant demands on vocal artistry best displayed in the last work he ever wrote for unaccompanied voices, Sacred and Profane.

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REVIEW:

Freshness of programming is one reason this English choir is a consistent best-seller. To a selection of works by Britten and William Cornysh they add three new recordings of works by Cornysh to create an original program. This is fairly novel, promising the primary feature of a really good thematic program, namely, that it illuminates other facets about the composers involved in addition to its external idea. The choirs usual prowess and freshness are on full display.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Hymn to the Virgin by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1934; England 
2.
My love sche morneth by William Cornysh
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
3.
Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
4.
Salve regina by William Cornysh
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
5.
Advance Democracy by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; England 
6.
Ave Maria, mater Dei by William Cornysh
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
7.
Woefully arrayed by William Cornysh
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
8.
Ah Robyn, gentle Robyn by William Cornysh
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
9.
Sacred and Profane, Op. 91 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974-1975; England 

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