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Philips: Cantiones Sacrae 1612 / Marlow, Choir Of Trinity College

Philips / Choir Of Trinity College / Marlow
Release Date: 06/29/2010 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 0770   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Philips
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

How many choral enthusiasts are really familiar with the works of 16th/17th century English composer Peter Philips? If his compositions do appear on recordings, they usually are sparsely represented on compilations with other composers—there’s one notable recording devoted to his work, from the Winchester Cathedral Choir (Hyperion); but for that release, and until this excellent offering from the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge—a choir that under Richard Marlow’s direction consistently resides among the world’s premier choral ensembles—we haven’t had an opportunity to indulge fully enough in this very worthy composer’s contributions to Elizabethan musical culture. Clearly, without including
Read more Philips’ supremely crafted motets, we can’t completely understand or appreciate the musical world dominated in most summaries of the era by Byrd and Palestrina, and Marlow’s sublime renderings of Philips’ 1612 Cantiones sacrae must take their place among choral music lovers’ favored anthems of the period. The Trinity College Choir is a joy to hear—this is one of the most refined, disciplined, well-rehearsed, and most inherently musical choirs you’ll ever hear, presenting a consistently gorgeous sound supported by a very skilled recording team. Don’t miss this.

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

Cantiones Sacrae by Peter Philips
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612; England 

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