WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Gregorian Chant / Cleobury, Choir Of King's College


Release Date: 05/10/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 57983   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The listener trying to get a basic grip on what medieval plainchant was all about could not ask for a better introduction than this release. The Choir of King's College, Cambridge gets back to its roots, so to speak, performing chants that could have been heard at the college's chapel half a millennium ago. With the chapel's magnificent acoustics as a backdrop, the album takes listeners through the series of decisions choristers would have made concerning what to sing. Those decisions began with the liturgical year, which called for specific chants corresponding to specific days in the cycle. "In this recording," writes John Milsom in his admirably clear and informative liner notes, "the annual cycle has been stopped at two Read more points," both of them days connected with the birth of the Virgin Mary. A mass from one day and a Vespers service from the other are included. Some of the chants contain tropes that place them in their specific time and place. Both are presented more or less complete, with the connective tissue of text-bearing chants retained along with the big ornate pieces; Milsom compares focusing exclusively on the latter to cutting the illuminated initial letters out of a medieval manuscript. For most listeners, he points out, the experience of hearing chant is akin to that of strolling into a museum and looking at an illuminated manuscript; one experiences a richly colored, ornate thing that carries mystery associated with extreme age and remoteness in each case. But we get to the real mystery by trying to penetrate it a bit, and this recording is an ideal aid. Those who experience chant in a more mystical way will likewise benefit from this album; director Stephen Cleobury's tempos are deliberate, and he pulls back from time to time to let the sound of the choristers reverberate around the chapel. Caveats include the marketing department's decision to place a big, fat "Gregorian Chant" at the top of the cover; this is not the "Gregorian" chant that emanated from Rome, connected with a concocted legend about Pope Gregory I's divine inspiration in composing them, and coming with directions to sing it this way or else. Instead, the music on this album represented specifically the failure of the church's standardization efforts; it is so-called Sarum chant, an English variant that the church never succeeded in stamping out. Another issue is the all-male adult forces; as the notes concede, it is likely that boy singers and an organ would have been originally used in this time and place. Yet the choir as it is here constituted makes sense for a disc that is a general introduction rather than a scholarly historical experiment. Complete texts are given, but only in Latin and English -- a shame, considering that this is a chant disc of potentially very wide appeal.

-- James Manheim, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Gaudeamus omnes by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
2. Kyrie "Omnipotens Pater" by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Greek 
Notes: Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
3. Nativity of the Virgin Mary: Gloria "Spiritus et alme" by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
4. Dominus vobiscum - Oremus: Supplicationem servorum tuorum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
5. Ego quasi vitis by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
6. Audi, filia by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
7. Alleluia Nativitas gloriose virginis Mariae by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
8. Ave, praeclara maris stella by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
9. Dominus vobiscum - In illo tempore by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
10. Diffusa est gratia in labiis tuis by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is begins with "Dominus vobiscum - Oremus."
Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
11. Sursum corda by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection begins with "Dominus vobiscum - Et cum spiritu suo."
Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
12. Sanctus "Benedictus Mariae filius" by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
13. Praeceptis salutaribus moniti by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Pax Domini sit."Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
14. Nativity of the Virgin Mary: Agnus Dei by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
15. Vera fides geniti by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 0 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
16. Dominus vobiscum - Oremus: Sumpsimus, Domine by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Ite missa est."Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
17. Ite missa est by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Dominus vobiscum - Oremus: Sumpsimus, Domine."
Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
18. Deus in adiutorium intende by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 0 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
19. Laudate, pueri, Dominum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection ends with "Dei genitrix virgo semper Maria."
Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
20. Laudate Dominum, omnes gentes by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection ends with "Beata progenies."
Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
21. Lauda, anima mea, Dominum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection ends with "Sancta Maria virgo."
Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
22. Laudate Dominum, quoniam bonus est psalmus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection ends with "Sub tuam protectionem."
Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
23. Lauda Jerusalem Dominum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection ends with "Beata Dei genitrix."
Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
24. Stirps Jesse virgam produxit by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Ego quasi vitis."
Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
25. Ave maris stella by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
26. Nativitas tua by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
27. Magnificat anima mea Dominum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Nativitas tua."Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
28. Dominus vobiscum - Benedicamus Domino by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Dominus vobiscum - Oremus: Supplicationem servorum tuorum."
Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 
29. Pax domini sit by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Praeceptis salutaribus moniti."
Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, UK (03/13/2004 - 03/16/2004) 

Sound Samples

Mass for the Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Introit - Gaudeamus omnes in Domino (mode I)
Mass for the Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Kyrie: 'Omnipotens Pater' (mode VIII)
Mass for the Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Gloria: 'Spiritus et alme' (mode VII)
Mass for the Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Collects for the day and for the founder, Henry VI
Mass for the Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Epistle: Ecclesiasticus 24:17-22
Mass for the Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Gradual: Audi filia (mode VII)
Mass for the Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Alleluia: Nativitas gloriose virginis Mariae (mode VIII)
Mass for the Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Sequence: Ave praeclara maris stella (mode VIII)
Mass for the Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Gospel: Luke 11:27-28
Mass for the Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Offertory: Diffusa est gratia (mode VIII)
Mass for the Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Sursum corda
Mass for the Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Sanctus: 'Benedictus Mariae filius' (mode VIII)
Mass for the Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Paternoster; Pax
Mass for the Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Agnus Dei (mode VIII)
Mass for the Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Communion: Vera fides geniti (mode I)
Mass for the Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Postcommunion; Ite, missa est
First Vespers for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Introduction: Deus in adjutorium
First Vespers for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Psalm 113: Laudate pueri Dominum; Antiphon 1: Dei genitrix virgo (mode I)
First Vespers for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Psalm 117: Laudate Dominum omnes gentes; Antiphon 2: Beata progenies (mode II)
First Vespers for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Psalm 146: Lauda anima mea Dominum; Antiphon 3: Sancta Maria virgo (mode VIII)
First Vespers for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Psalm 147a: Laudate Dominum quoniam bonus; Antiphon 4: Sub tuam protectionem (mode IV)
First Vespers for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Psalm 147b: Lauda Jerusalem Dominum; Antiphon 5: Beat Dei genitrix (mode VIII)
First Vespers for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Chapter: Ecclesiasticus 24:17; Responsory: Stirps Jesse (mode II)
First Vespers for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Hymn: Ave maris stella (mode I); Virsicle: Sancta Dei genitrix
First Vespers for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Magnificat Antiphon: Nativitas tua (mode I)
First Vespers for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Magnificat; Magnificat Antiphon: Nativitas tua
First Vespers for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Collect; Dismissal: Benedicamus Domino

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook