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Masters Of The English Renaissance

Choir Christ Church Cathedral
Release Date: 01/29/2013 
Label:  Regis   Catalog #: 1320   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John MasonRobert ParsonsJohn SheppardRichard Dering,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MASTERS OF THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE Stephen Darlington, cond; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford REGIS RRC 1320 (70:45)


TAVERNER Kyrie le Roy. Alleluya V. Veni electa mea. Ave Dei Patris filia. MASON O Rex gloriose. PARSONS Ave Maria. SHEPPARD The Lord’s Prayer. Read more class="COMPOSER12">WEELKES Alleluia, I Heard a Voice. Give Ear, O Lord. Ninth Service: Magnificat; Nunc Dimittis. DERING Factum est silentium. GIBBONS Hosanna to the Son of David.


This sampler reissue is culled from several CDs originally issued on the Nimbus label. The three Taverner selections are from NI 1762; the two Weelkes selections from NI 5125; the Sheppard from NI 5480; the Mason from NI 5578; and the Parsons, Dering, and Gibbons pieces from NI 5328. All feature the characteristic rich, spacious, and resonant Nimbus recorded sound. The booklet has brief notes on each composer but no texts.


In a review of a previous Darlington disc in Fanfare 33:2, J. F. Weber astutely observed that “Darlington’s singers are remarkable in tonal quality, accuracy of intonation, and ensemble, but I hear something less than the achievements of Higginbottom, O’Donnell, and Baker among those currently active.” I too have generally preferred its compatriot rival choir at New College under Higginbottom, due to the latter’s superior boy trebles and greater clarity of individual lines in dense polyphonic passages, even though the darker sound and greater weight of Darlington’s lower male voices and Nimbus’s superior recorded sound are considerable attractions. That said, this disc is an attractive and inexpensive introduction to a cross section of the best of Darlington’s and the Cathedral Choir’s art; if you have not explored them before, this is well worth a try at the budget price as a fine introduction to sacred works by Tudor-era composers.


FANFARE: James A. Altena
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Works on This Recording

1. O rex gloriose by John Mason
Venue:  Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2. Ave Maria by Robert Parsons
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1560s; England 
Venue:  Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3. The Lord's Prayer by John Sheppard
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Venue:  Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
4. Cantica sacra (21), Volume 1: no 5, Factum est silentium by Richard Dering
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1618; Brussels, Belgium 
Venue:  Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5. Hosanna to the Son of David by Orlando Gibbons
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Venue:  Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6. Kyrie "Leroy", for 4 voices by John Taverner
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1520-1530; England 
Date of Recording: 1908-33 
Venue:  Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
7. Alleluia, veni electa mea, motet for 4 voices by John Taverner
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
8. Ave Dei Patris filia, antiphon for 5 voices by John Taverner
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 52 Secs. 
9. Alleluia, I heard a voice, anthem for 5 voices & organ by Thomas Weelkes
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
10. Give ear, O Lord, anthem for 5 voices & organ by Thomas Weelkes
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
11. Service for Seven Voices (Ninth Service), for chorus & organ by Thomas Weelkes
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England 
Length: 15 Minutes 26 Secs. 

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