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Ave Verum Corpus - Motets & Anthems Of William Byrd / Rutter


Release Date: 02/25/2003 
Label:  Collegium Records   Catalog #: 507   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Most listeners who love English choral music--whatever the period--will own multiple recordings of William Byrd's church works, from the Latin motets and masses to the four dozen or so English anthems. Somewhere in those collections more than likely resides a copy of the Cambridge Singers' initial 1989 release of this program of motets and anthems, now reissued at mid-price. If you missed it the first time around, now's the time to indulge in this first-rate CD that includes the masterpiece Ave verum Corpus along with the intensely moving but rarely heard penitential motets Emendemus in melius and Plorans plorabit and the equally inspired English anthems Sing joyfully and Turn our captivity. Unlike the
Read more Tallis Scholars (whose Byrd recordings for the most part don't duplicate the repertoire featured here), John Rutter's Cambridge Singers produce a tone that accommodates a certain measure of vibrato and exhibits a choral sound of more "modern" color--a bit warmer than most early-music specialist groups but never lacking in clarity or definition among parts. This is singing (and direction) of the highest caliber, and you won't find more satisfying performances of Byrd's works anywhere on disc. The sound is appropriately bright, well-balanced, and resonant, and all is perfectly capped by Collegium's usual superb liner notes and neat packaging. [1/18/2003]

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sing joyfully unto God our strength by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
2.
Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets...fit for Voyces or Viols: Turn our captivity, O Lord by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; England 
3.
Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets...fit for Voyces or Viols: Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; England 
4.
Cantiones, quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur: Emendemus in melius by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; England 
5.
Siderum rector by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; England 
6.
Cantiones, quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur: Attolite portas by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1570; England 
7.
Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum: Laudibus in sanctis by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1591; London, England 
8.
Gradualia, Volume 1: Part 2 - Christus resurgens by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
9.
Gradualia, Volume 1: Part 1 - no 31, Iustorum animae by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
10.
Gradualia, Volume 1: Part 1 - Plorans ploravit by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
11.
Gradualia, Volume 1: Part 2 - Visita quaesumus, Domine by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
12.
Gradualia, Volume 1: Part 1 - Gaudeamus omnes by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
13.
Gradualia, Volume 1: Part 2 - Ave verum corpus by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1605; England 
14.
Gradualia, Volume 2: Veni, Sancte Spiritus, et emitte by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1607; England 
15.
Gradualia, Volume 2: Solve iubente Deo by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
16.
Gradualia, Volume 2: O magnum misterium by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1607; England 
17.
Gradualia, Volume 2: Non vos relinquam orphanos by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
18.
Gradualia, Volume 2: O quam suavis est by William Byrd
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers

Sound Samples

Sing Joyfully unto God Our Strength: Sing joyfully unto God our strength
Turn our captivity, O Lord
Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles
Emendemus in melius
Siderum rector
Plorans ploravit
Visita quaesumus, Domine
Attollite portas
Laudibus in sanctis
Gaudeamus omnes
Ave verum corpus
Veni, Sancte Spiritus, et emitte
Christus resurgens
Solve iubente Deo
O magnum misterium
Non vos relinquam orphanos
O quam suavis est
Justorum animae

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