Libera Nos - The Cry Of The Oppressed / Rees, Contrapunctus

Release Date: 8/27/2013
Catalog Number: SIGCD338
Conductor: Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble: Contrapunctus
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Coupling powerful interpretations with path-breaking scholarship, the choir Contrapunctus presents music by the best-known composers as well as unfamiliar masterpieces. Directed by Owen Rees, a specialist in music of the 16th and 17th centuries, the group presents imaginative programmes revealing previously undiscovered musical treasures and throwing new light on familiar works.

This recording explores the musical 'cries of the oppressed' from opposite ends of Europe, which include some of the most powerful works composed in England and Portugal during this period by Byrd, Tallis, de Monte and Cardoso. The highlight perhaps is the first recording of a newly reconstructed vocal work by Thomas Tallis, 'Libera nos'. This has long been thought to be an instrumental work, and has been recorded as such, but there's persuasive historical evidence for us to be confident that this is in fact a choral setting of the antiphon 'Libera nos', and it is performed here with the relevant text restored to the five vocal parts.
Works on This Recording
1. Civitas sancti tui by William Byrd
Conductor: Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble: Contrapunctus
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1589 ; London, England
2. Libera nos, salva nos by Thomas Tallis
Conductor: Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble: Contrapunctus
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; England
3. Super flumina Babylonis by Philippe de Monte
Conductor: Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble: Contrapunctus
Period: Renaissance
4. Quomodo cantabimus? by William Byrd
Conductor: Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble: Contrapunctus
Period: Renaissance
5. Sitivit anima mea by Manuel Cardoso
Conductor: Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble: Contrapunctus
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1625 ; Portugal
6. Laboravi in gemitu meo by Martin Peerson
Conductor: Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble: Contrapunctus
Period: Baroque
7. Cantiones sacrae, Book 2: Miserere mei, Deus by William Byrd
Conductor: Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble: Contrapunctus
Period: Renaissance
Written: 1591 ; London, England
8. Lachrimans Sitivit Anima Mea by Pedro de Cristo
Conductor: Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble: Contrapunctus
9. Gradualia, Volume 1: Part 1 - Plorans ploravit by William Byrd
Conductor: Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble: Contrapunctus
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1605 ; England
10. In jejunio et fletu by Thomas Tallis
Conductor: Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble: Contrapunctus
Period: Renaissance
Written: after 1559 ; England
11. Salvator mundi, salva nos I by Thomas Tallis
Conductor: Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble: Contrapunctus
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1575 ; England
12. Inter Vestibulum by Pedro de Cristo
Conductor: Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble: Contrapunctus
13. Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum: Infelix ego by William Byrd
Conductor: Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble: Contrapunctus
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1591 ; England
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