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Door to Paradise: Music from Eton Choirbook / Darlington, Christ Church Cathedral Choir Oxford


Release Date: 09/28/2018 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 2395  
Composer:  John FawkynerWilliam CornyshWalter LambeRichard Davy,   ... 
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Christ Church Cathedral ChoirChrist Church Cathedral ChoirChoir of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford
Number of Discs: 5 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Door to Paradise celebrates Stephen Darlington’s more than thirty year legacy as Director of the distinguished Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. This unprecedented contribution to the choral discography is the most comprehensive collection to date of music from the Eton Choirbook. The Door to Paradise brings together all five volumes of the Choir’s survey in a newly-packaged, beautifully presented deluxe box set with a newly-penned overview of the project by Darlington. This extraordinary collection of English sacred music from the early Renaissance reveals a striking diversity and range of stylistic structures, harmony, sonority, ornamentation and improvisation, and brings to light two world premiere recordings- Walter Lambe’s Read more Gaude flore virginali and John Browne’s second setting of the Salve regina. The collection’s title derives from a dual meaning: the “door to paradise” is the English translation of a line from Browne’s O regina mundi clara, while the cover image features the “Alice Door” between the Deanery and Cathedral Gardens of Christ Church, Oxford, featured in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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Excerpts of reviews from select, previously released volumes included in this set:

The Sun Most Radiant: Music from the Eton Choirbook, Vol. 4



Stunningly effective singing, with insightful and precise direction by Stephen Darlington. A ground-breaking achievement.

– Early Music Review

Choirs of Angels - Music from the Eton Choirbook Vol 2

Intonation is exact, enunciation clear, the tonal balance distinct between parts yet carefully blended. Phrasing is expressive. Overall, fine performances in sacred music of remarkable eloquence.

– Fanfare Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gaude rosa sine spina by John Fawkyner
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 16 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2.
Salve regina by William Cornysh
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 15 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Magnificat by Walter Lambe
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 13 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
In honore summe matris by Richard Davy
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 17 Minutes 48 Secs. 
5.
Stabat mater by John Browne
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1490; England 
Length: 15 Minutes 28 Secs. 
6.
O Maria Salvatoris mater by John Browne
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, Englan 
Length: 15 Minutes 50 Secs. 
7.
Ave Maria Mater Dei for 4 voices by William Cornysh
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1510; England 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, Englan 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
8.
Salve Jesu mater vera, for 5 voices by Richard Davy
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, Englan 
Length: 16 Minutes 49 Secs. 
9.
O Maria plena gracia, for 6 voices by Walter Lambe
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, Englan 
Length: 20 Minutes 53 Secs. 
10.
Salve Regina, for 9 voices by Robert Wylkynson
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, Englan 
Length: 16 Minutes 22 Secs. 
11.
Salve regina by John Hampton
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir
12.
Gaude flore virginali by Edmund Turges
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir
13.
Gaude virgo salutata by John Fawkyner
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir
14.
O mater venerabilis by John Browne
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir
15.
Salve Regina by Robert Wylkynson
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1490; England 
16.
Salve regina by John Browne
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1490; England 
17.
Gaude flore virginali by William Horwood
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
18.
Magnificat by William of Stratford
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
19.
Gaude flore virginali by Hugh Kellyk
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
20.
O regina mundi clara by John Browne
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
21.
Magnificat regale by Robert Fayrfax
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
22.
Gaude flore virginali by Walter Lambe
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
23.
Salve regina by Robert Hacomplaynt
Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 

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