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Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang / Cave, Magnificat

Byrd / Magnificat / Cave
Release Date: 11/13/2012 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 417   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert ParsonsRobert WhiteWilliam Byrd
Conductor:  Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Magnificat's recording offers an exploration into the choral works of three of Tudor England's most compelling composers: Robert Parsons, Robert White and William Byrd. As with previous Magnificat collections, years of meticulous study and consideration has gone into this recording; it represents the fruits of their personal journey through the works and history of these composers. Magnificat has received many plaudits for the sensitivity and expressiveness of its performances, and this programme provides a wonderful opportunity to engage with music that is both challenging and rewarding to performers and listeners alike.

Reviews:

With the exception of Byrd's Quomodo Cantabimus, this is a program of frequently
Read more performed works. It's enormously gratifying to have the opportunity to listen with impunity to such nonpareils of the Tudor period sung so beautifully.

– Gramophone

It's a measure of the quality of Magnificat that I can mention their singing of the four Byrd works on the new recordings in the same terms as King's and the Tallis Scholars. That comes as no surprise in view of the number of fine recordings that they have already made for Linn; I'm running out of superlatives to describe them.

Magnificat, who have shown themselves to be ideal interpreters of the more elaborate style, are just at home with this plainer music; their performances are restrained and intimate without in any way under-valuing what they sing.

An excellent release is made even more so by the first-rate notes from Sally Dunkley, who was responsible for editing the music here, and a further note from Philip Cave on pitch.

– MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Domine Quis Habitabit by Robert Parsons
Conductor:  Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
2.
Ave Maria by Robert Parsons
Conductor:  Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1560s; England 
3.
Christe qui lux es IV by Robert White
Conductor:  Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
4.
De Lamentationes Hieremiae by William Byrd
Conductor:  Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat
Period: Renaissance 
5.
Christe, qui lux es et dies/Precamur by William Byrd
Conductor:  Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat
6.
Quomodo cantabimus? by William Byrd
Conductor:  Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
7.
Lamentations of Jeremiah a 5 by Robert White
Conductor:  Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
8.
Domine, quis habitabit by William Byrd
Conductor:  Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1610; England 

Sound Samples

Christe, qui lux es ... praedicans
Lamentations (for 5 voices): Lamentations a 5
Ave Maria
Domine, quis habitabit: (Byrd)
Domine, quis habitabit: (Parsons)
Quomodo cantabimus?
Lamentations
Christe qui lux es IV

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