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À La Gloire De Dieu / The Sixteen


Release Date: 01/01/2003 
Label:  Coro   Catalog #: 16013   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles IvesSamuel BarberIgor StravinskyMichael Tippett,   ... 
Performer:  Ruth DeanCarys-Anne LaneSally Bruce-PayneNeil MacKenzie,   ... 
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic OrchestraThe Sixteen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Naxos is not the only label to benefit from the purchase of former Collins recordings:from Coro, official label of The Sixteen, comes the reissue of a stash of mainstream material. Nearly all the pieces collected here face stiff competition in the catalogue. Even so, the success of newer versions, benchmark or not, will be measured in part against their stature. Another virtue of their reappearance is the chance to catch up on what might otherwise have been missed. On a personal note, in this case it is Poulenc’s Sept répons des ténèbres, something of a cause célèbre for Harry Christophers, and as performed with these vocal and instrumental artists, a shining testimony to the pious brilliance of their Read more composer’s art. Whereas the readings of the Five Negro Spirituals from Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time are good, but take their place among many other excellent versions, and Barber’s Agnus Dei, a vocal reworking of his Adagio for Strings, succeeds by virtue of failing to droop, the Poulenc is pure delight. This is more than can be said of the first movement of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, which dangerously exceeds the composer’s given tempo. And should we be amused, baffled or provoked by the presence of Ives’s The Unanswered Question in a disc entitled À la gloire de Dieu? In making tortured flesh manifest in music, the piercing suspensions of Lotti’s Cruxifixus leave no room for doubt. In Allegri’s Miserere, as in Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli, hugely disciplined singing showcases each phrase. Less incandescent than the Tallis Scholars in the Mass (Gimell), and less devotionally intense than the Westminster Cathedral Choir (Hyperion), in Palestrina’s Stabat mater, The Sixteen brings to the music’s quantitative rhythms and magical harmonies a real sense of wonder, plus, in the chordal opening, a fine uniformity of attack.

-- Nicholas Williams, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Unanswered Question no 2 by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Charles Ives. 
2.
Agnus Dei, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Ruth Dean (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Adeburgh, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This work is a vocal arrangement of the composer's 'Adagio for Strings.' 
3.
Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1948; France 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England 
Length: 20 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
A child of our time: Negro Spirituals (5) by Michael Tippett
Performer:  Carys-Anne Lane (Soprano), Sally Bruce-Payne (Mezzo Soprano), Neil MacKenzie (Tenor),
Robert Evans (Baritone)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; England 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Répons (7) des ténèbres by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Libby Crabtree (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; France 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England 
Length: 25 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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