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Magnificat / Chanticleer


Release Date: 07/11/2000 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 81829   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousWilliam CornyshJosquin Des PrézVasily Polikarp Titov,   ... 
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Thematic collections are funny things. Regardless of how clever a given concept is when the program is designed, the execution often can prove treacherous. Frequently, the territory covered is too wide-ranging, leaving even some of the best ensembles stranded mid-recording in repertoire that doesn't show off their talents to best effect. There are few ensembles, vocal or instrumental, who can comfortably handle such programs and be utterly convincing in all their selections. So, hats off to the men's vocal ensemble Chanticleer, both for its performances and for the cleverly navigated scope of Magnificat, a collection of works dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

The works range from Gregorian
Read more chant to Monteverdi to the early 18th-century works of Vasily Titov, whose style is more reminiscent of his idol Heinrich Schütz than of Russian Orthodox liturgical chant. As one would imagine from a Chanticleer collection, the Renaissance masters are well represented, with works by Palestrina (whose Missa Pro Defunctis was recorded so beautifully by these singers several years ago), Josquin Desprez, and Tomas Luis de Victoria. The ensemble achieves a stunning breadth of colors, from the hushed delivery of the plainsong Ave Maris Stella to the hearty gusto of the two Titov selections. Always, though, the music is delivered with Chanticleer's justly acclaimed warmth and richness of tone. The ensemble precision is particularly notable in the all-too-brief Ave Maria, Mater Dei of Tudor composer William Cornysh.

The liner notes are clear and concise; various styles are explained with due consideration given to early music novitiates. For example, John Taverner's Magnificat alternates between chant and polyphony, and this fact is not only mentioned in the notes, but the varying sections are differentiated in the text by contrasting ink colors to help the listener follow along.

— Anastasia Tsioulcas, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ave Maria by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Ave Maria, mater Dei by William Cornysh
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3.
Ave Maria à 4 by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 7 Minutes 6 Secs. 
4.
Salve, regina à 5 by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 9 Minutes 10 Secs. 
5.
Ave maris stella by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
6.
The angel cried out by Vasily Polikarp Titov
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Baroque 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
7.
O thou joy of all sorrowful by Vasily Polikarp Titov
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Baroque 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
8.
Ave regina coelorum by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
9.
Magnificat by John Taverner
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 10 Minutes 34 Secs. 
10.
Regina caeli laetare by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
11.
Alma Redemptoris mater by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
12.
Madrigals, Book 5: Dorinda, ah dirò mia by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is performed here in a version from 1607 with a sacred
Latin text by Aquilino Coppini, "Maria, quid ploras." 
13.
Madrigals, Book 5: Era l'anima mia già presso a l'ultim' hore by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Mantua, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Skywalker Ranch, Nicasio, California 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is performed here in a version from 1607 with a sacred
Latin text by Aquilino Coppini, "Stabat Virgo Maria." 

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