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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 in this Grammy nominated recording. 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
  • 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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Buy # Title Composer Duration Price Listen
1Two Songs from Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’: O Mistress MineHerbert Murrill01:24£ Listen
2Two Songs from Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’: 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. 53: There is Sweet MusicEdward Elgar03:22£ Listen
10Four Part-Songs, Op. 53: Deep in My SoulEdward Elgar02:25£ Listen
11Four Part-Songs, Op. 53: O Wild West WindEdward Elgar00:57£ Listen
12Four Part-Songs, Op. 53: 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

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

George Gordon Bryon

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

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

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
Best Choral Performance (Nigel Short), 2018 Grammy Awards Nomination

Best Choral Performance (Nigel Short), 2018 Grammy Awards Nomination

Presto Classical Top 100 Discs of 2016

BBC Music Magazine Choral & Song Choice – November 2016


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