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Cadfael - Music from the TV Series

Release Date: 01/04/2012 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 37086  
Composer:  Colin TownsAnonymous
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London ConsortClerkes of St. Albans Abbey
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Track Listing
1. Brother Cadfael, television score: Cadfael of Shrewsbury (opening title music) - (Opening Title Music)
2. Brother Cadfael, television score: O Filii et Filiae (after traditional French melody)
3. Brother Cadfael, television score: Turn thine eye to see
4. Brother Cadfael, television score: Merry the dance
5. There Is No Rose of Such Virtue (English)
6. Brother Cadfael, television score: The Juggler's stare
7. Brother Cadfael, television score: All out of the world by tomorrow
8. Magnificat anima mea Dominum
9. Brother Cadfael, television score: Flamed my heart
10. Brother Cadfael, television score: Hidden in the well
11. Sanctus and
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12. Brother Cadfael, television score: Veni, Sancte Spiritus
13. Lumen ad revelationem, antiphon in mode 8 - (Gregorian Chant)
14. Brother Cadfael, television score: Light of the Father's Light
15. Brother Cadfael, television score: Glover of Shotwick
16. Brother Cadfael, television score: High above the heavens
17. Salve Regina, antiphon in mode 1 - (Gregorian Chant)
18. Ave Maria, gratia plena, offertory in mode 8 for the 4th Sunday in Advent - (Gregorian Chant)
19. Brother Cadfael, television score: Cry aloud
20. Brother Cadfael, television score: The Falconer's secret
21. Brother Cadfael, television score: Hail St. Peter's Fair
22. Brother Cadfael, television score: Perspice Christicola (after "Sumer is icunen in")
23. Brother Cadfael, television score: Cadfael of Shrewsbury (closing title music) - (Closing Title Music)

Original soundtrack composed by Colin Towns.

Composer: Colin Towns.

Personnel: Olive Simpson (soprano); Christopher Robson (countertenor); Pavlo Beznosiuk, Rod Skeaping (vielle, rebec); Lucie Skeaping (vielle); Tom Finucane, Robin Jeffrey (lute); Michael-Anthony Taylor (recorder, percussion); Philip Pickett & the New London Consort (recorder).

Liner Note Authors: Colin Towns; Barry Rose.

Recording information: CTS Studios, London, England; St. Albans Abbey, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England; TS, Canterbury, Kent, England.

Director: Barry Rose.

Editors: Dennis Stevens; Barry Rose.

Photographer: John Rogers .

Arranger: Colin Towns.

Cadfael, the 12th century British monk created by novelist Ellis Peters (and later brought to life by actor Derek Jacobi in the PBS series Mystery!) is the inspiration behind composer Colin Towns' score, which also features chants performed by the Clerkes of St. Albans Abbey ~ Jason Ankeny
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Works on This Recording

Cadfael by Colin Towns
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Gregorian Chant(s) by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clerkes of St. Albans Abbey
Period: Medieval 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Cadfael Soundtrack April 1, 2014 By Norma R. (Egremont, Cumbria) See All My Reviews "Haunting and beautiful opening track from the soundtrack of the Cadfael TV series. And only available from Arkiv Music. So pleased I have discovered this source of classical music." Report Abuse
 not what I expected January 30, 2013 By J. Wagler (Kingston, ON) See All My Reviews "I was thrilled to get access to the soundtrack from Cadfael, as I was especially inspired by the stunning harmonies from Season 3, Episode 3 especially. Alas! None of that is on this CD, leaving me quite underwhelmed as per my expectations. The content on this CD is okay. I just would not have paid over $20, including shipping, for something like this. I wish I knew where to find the stuff on the above-mentioned episode." Report Abuse
 Transported to Medeival England August 9, 2012 By Hanna Y. See All My Reviews "I knew from the time the credits rolled when I watched my first Cadfael episode that I had to have the music. I love Gregorian chant and I like good medieval music. As a musician I enjoy singing chant and playing medieval music and I like to hear music that incorporates chant. This marvelous soundtrack does so to an excellent degree without compromising the integrity of the chants themselves. Except for track 12. Their "Veni Sancte Spiritus" gave me the creeps when I listened to it alone. Something dastardly must be going on in whatever episode this track came from. Aside from that, the chants were sung with a purity and precision that left me listening to their "Salve Regina" on repeat for the better part of an hour, trying to emulate the wonderful quality of the sound. I found myself thinking of the song in "Hail St. Peter's Fair" on the feastday of Sts. Peter and Paul. Very cool. I would highly recommend this soundtrack to anyone sharing one of the interests listed above and I did, in fact, lend my copy of the cd to a friend of mine who is a Catholic hermit monk (no, he is not a Benedictine). He absolutely loved the music! He enjoyed it so much that I think I'll let him keep the cd and buy another one for myself. When I looked for this cd originally I found that the only copies out there were rare and therefore hideously expensive. I was delighted when I discovered ArkivMusic's affordable option." Report Abuse
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