Two Thousand Years - Music From The Major Television Series

Release Date: 4/10/2007
Label: Conifer
Catalog Number: CON51353
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The English television program TWO THOUSAND YEARS charts relative chronologies in world history, religion, art and science as seen from the perspective of the end of the second millenium, and this two disc anthology taken from the soundtrack follows that progress in music, specifically sacred choral music ranging from the 6th century chant of the Russian Saint Romanus to the late 20th century minimalism of Henryk Gorecki.
The selection is admirably chosen and well distributed through the centuries, especially generous in the amount of earlier music included. There are a few surprises, such as the deeply affecting "Woe is me" of English renaissance composer Thomas Tomkins or the uplifting "Dawn" of current-day New Yorker Meredith Monk, as well as the moving Agnus Dei of Samuel Barber, which is a lesser-known vocal arrangement of his famous Adagio for Strings.
The performances, featuring the Choir of Trinity College, the King's Singers and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Colin Davis, are all first rate and well-recorded.
Works on This Recording
1. Two Thousand Years: Theme by Hartshorne
Performer: Sue Frost (Oboe), Shelley Van Loen (Violin), Trevor Burley (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra, Chorus
Period: 20th Century
2. O ignee Spiritus by Hildegard of Bingen
Conductor: Richard Marlow
Period: Medieval
Written: 12th Century ; Germany
3. Luto carens et latere a 1 by Philippe Le Chancelier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Sequentia
Period: Medieval
4. Edi be thu, heven-queenë by Anonymous
Performer: Alison Gascoigne (Soprano), Camilla Otaki (Soprano)
Conductor: Richard Marlow
Period: Medieval
Written: circa 1270 ; England
5. Absolve, quaesumus, Domine/Requiem aeternam by Josquin Des Préz
Performer: Bruce Russell (Baritone), Simon Carrington (Baritone), Robert Chilcott (Tenor), Stephen Connolly (Bass), David [Countertenor] Hurley (Countertenor), Alastair Hume (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: King's Singers
Period: Renaissance
6. Rejoice unto the Lord by William Byrd
Conductor: Richard Marlow
Period: Renaissance
Written: 1586 ; London, England
7. Songs of 3-6 parts: Woe is me that I am constrained by Thomas Tomkins
Conductor: Richard Marlow
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1622 ; England
8. Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z 15 by Henry Purcell
Conductor: Richard Marlow
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1680-1682 ; England
9. Miserere mei Deus: Miserere mei by Gregorio Allegri
Performer: Louisa Keily (Soprano), Rebecca Daldorph (Soprano), Reiner Schneider-Waterburg (Countertenor), James Elias (Bass)
Conductor: Richard Marlow
Period: Baroque
Written: 17th Century ; Italy
10. Vespro della Beata Vergine: Excerpt(s) by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor: Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cantus Cölln, Concerto Palatino
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1610 ; Mantua, Italy
11. Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Sanctus by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: 1747-1749 ; Leipzig, Germany
12. Messiah, HWV 56: I know that my redeemer liveth by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Patrizia Kwella (Soprano)
Conductor: Mark Stephenson
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Musici
Period: Baroque
Written: 1742 ; London, England
13. Salve Regina in F minor: Excerpt(s) by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer: Ruth Ziesak (Soprano)
Conductor: Michael Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Stagione
Period: Baroque
Written: 1736 ; Italy
14. Requiem in D minor, K 626: Lacrymosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1791 ; Vienna, Austria
15. Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Silas Standage (Organ)
Conductor: Richard Marlow
Period: Classical
Written: 1791 ; Austria
16. Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123: Sanctus by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Luba Orgonasova (Soprano), Jadwiga Rappé (Alto), Uwe Heilmann (Tenor), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Bass)
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical
Written: 1823 ; Vienna, Austria
17. L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: L'adieu des bergers by Hector Berlioz
Performer: Philip Rushforth (Organ)
Conductor: Richard Marlow
Period: Romantic
Written: 1850-1854 ; France
18. Requiem Mass: Dies irae by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carol Vaness (Soprano)
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Italy
19. Jerusalem by Charles Hubert Parry
Performer: Philip Rushforth (Organ)
Conductor: Richard Marlow
Period: Romantic
Written: 1916 ; England
20. Requiem, Op. 48: In paradisum by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor: Richard Marlow
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887-1890 ; France
21. Vespers, Op. 37: no 6, Hail, Virgin, Mother of God by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
22. English Hymnal: no 24, God that madest earth and heaven by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor: Richard Marlow
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1906 ; England
23. Agnus Dei, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor: Richard Marlow
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1967 ; USA
24. A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: Balulalow by Benjamin Britten
Performer: Marie-Claire Brookshaw (Soprano), Frances Kelly (Harp )
Conductor: Richard Marlow
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; England
25. Book of days: Dawn by Meredith Monk
Performer: Alexandra Montano (Mezzo Soprano), Katie Geissinger (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Musica Sacra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1985 ; USA
26. Symphony no 3, Op. 36 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs": 2nd movement, Lento e largo by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Performer: Doreen DeFeis (Soprano)
Conductor: Adrian Leaper
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1976 ; Poland
27. Timor et tremor, motet for 6 voices, M. iii (S. xix/6) by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor: Richard Marlow
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1564 ; Munich, Germany
28. Funeral Ikos by John Tavener
Performer: Bruce Russell (Baritone), Philip Lawson (Baritone), Robert Chilcott (Tenor), Stephen Connolly (Bass), Nigel Short (Countertenor), David [Countertenor] Hurley (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: King's Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1981 ; England
29. Today the Virgin by Romanos the Melodist
Conductor: Oleg Yanchenko
Orchestra/Ensemble: Madrigal Ensemble of Moscow
Period: Medieval
Written: 6th Century ; Byzantium
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