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Music of the Spheres – Part Songs of the British Isles

Music of the Spheres – Part Songs of the British Isles

Tenebrae brings you the glories of part song ranging from exquisite miniatures about the natural world and human experience to complex masterpieces marrying text and song. Shakespeare, Shelley, Byron, Tennyson and Milton are the inspiration of renowned composers such as Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Holst and others. As with other Bene Arte releases, Tenebrae aims to marry well-known works alongside less-familiar repertoire.

Nigel Short Conductor
Martha McLorinan Mezzo-soprano

There’s music in all things, if men had ears; the earth is but the music of the spheres.

George Gordon Bryon


If we listen to this CD with English A-Cappella music of the 19th and 20th century, we become fans of Tenebrae: the modulation capability of this group, its sensitivity to text and sound set is simply a dream. If you love choral music, you need to have this CD.

 

Rondo Magazine

Release Date: 30 September 2016

Record Label: Bene Arte

Catalogue Number: SIGCD904

Location of Recording: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London

Total Running Time: 01:05:04

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# Title Composer Duration Price Listen Add to Cart
1Two Shakespeare Songs: O Mistress MineHerbert Murrill01:24£ Listen
2Two Shakespeare Songs: Come away, DeathHerbert Murrill03:30£ Listen
3AutumnFrank Bridge04:10£ Listen
4Music, When Soft Voices DieFrank Bridge05:16£ Listen
5The BeeFrank Bridge04:36£ Listen
6Three Shakespeare Songs: Full Fathom FiveRalph Vaughan Williams03:47£ Listen
7Three Shakespeare Songs: The Cloud-Capp’d TowersRalph Vaughan Williams02:54£ Listen
8Three Shakespeare Songs: Over Hill, Over DaleRalph Vaughan Williams01:13£ Listen
9Four Part-Songs, Op. 54: There is Sweet MusicEdward Elgar03:22£ Listen
10Four Part Songs, Op. 54: Deep in My SoulEdward Elgar02:25£ Listen
11Four Part Songs, Op. 54: O Wild West WindEdward Elgar00:57£ Listen
12Four Part Songs, Op. 54: Owls (An Epitaph)Edward Elgar04:24£ Listen
13Soft MusicErnest Walker04:51£ Listen
14The Drowned LoversJudith Bingham03:58£ Listen
15The Blue Bird, Op. 119Charles Villiers Stanford02:52£ Listen
16On Time, Op. 142Charles Villiers Stanford02:04£ Listen
17Song of JuneJonathan Harvey05:43£ Listen
18The Modern Man I Sing: The RunnerBob Chilcott02:33£ Listen
19The Modern Man I Sing: The Last InvocationBob Chilcott02:50£ Listen
20The Modern Man I Sing: One’s-Self I SingBob Chilcott02:14£ Listen
# Title Composer Duration Price Listen Add to Cart

If we listen to this CD with English A-Cappella music of the 19th and 20th century, we become fans of Tenebrae: the modulation capability of this group, its sensitivity to text and sound set is simply a dream. If you love choral music, you need to have this CD.

 

Rondo Magazine

…The ability of Short and his outstandingly responsive singers to create riveting atmosphere, and communicate to the listener the import and implications of song’s narrative.

BBC Music Magazine

This choir’s great strength is their utterly unimpeachable blend, their clear intonation and their unflinchingly musical approach to their texts. Those qualities are all on display at their very finest here, with a richly rounded sound that you’ll struggle to hear bettered elsewhere, helped by a glorious recording in the acoustic of All Hallows Church, which fits them like a glove.

MusicWeb International

It’s hard to look past the heady beauty of Tenebrae’s Vaughan Williams, however – the Three Shakespeare Songs recorded here are utterly beguiling, a haze of gauzy, cloudy, choral blend that floats suspended in the generous acoustic of All Hallow’s, Gospel Oak.

Gramophone Magazine

This really is a definitive performance of my piece…it totally captures the watery, morbid, sensual feel of it, it’s exactly as I would want it to be.

Judith Bingham

Presto Classical Top 100 Discs of 2016

BBC Music Magazine Choral & Song Choice – November 2016

 

 

 

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