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Couperin and GesualdoBuy Now

Couperin and Gesualdo

Some of the most atmospheric music from the numerous Liturgical settings in Holy Week is that composed for the Office of Tenebrae. Victoria’s are the most well-known, but equally beautiful and arguably more dramatic are the settings composed by Gesualdo and Couperin. The Gesualdo is intense with the Couperin atmospheric, yet both compliment each other… continued

Release Date: 03 April 2020

Record Label: Signum

A Walk with Ivor GurneyBuy Now

A Walk with Ivor Gurney

Tenebrae and Nigel Short are joined by Aurora Orchestra together with mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly and narrator Simon Callow for A Walk with Ivor Gurney, an album celebrating the music of Ivor Gurney whose promising career as a composer was interrupted by World War I.

Release Date: 19 October 2018

Record Label: Signum

A nourishing, thoughtfully compiled release… On this premiere recording, Sarah Connolly teams up with Tenebrae under Nigel Short’s watchful lead to give a performance of breathtaking composure, spine-tingling atmosphere and palpable conviction.

Gramophone Magazine
Paweł Łukaszewski: Daylight DeclinesBuy Now

Paweł Łukaszewski: Daylight Declines

To mark the composer’s 50th birthday and the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence, Nigel Short and Tenebrae release an album of choral works by Polish composer Paweł Łukaszewski. Łukaszewski is regarded as the best-known Polish composer of his generation. There is a sacred theme to much of his work which is heard throughout the disc,… continued

Release Date: 01 June 2018

Record Label: Signum

the quality of the singing, the intonation, the bravery of holding those clashes – unyieldingly, unflinchingly – it’s stunning singing… it’s really extraordinarily moving… This is the best choral singing I’ve ever heard on disc.

Record Review, BBC Radio 3
Symphonic Psalms and PrayersBuy Now

Symphonic Psalms and Prayers

With trumpets and well-tuned cymbals, the musical and prayerful richness of The Book of Psalms inspires vastly differing offerings from composers with a myriad of approaches to combining the two worlds of the symphonic and the choral. The results are works which defy categorisation and stand the test of time with audiences and performers alike…. continued

Release Date: 02 February 2018

Record Label: Signum

Bringing together Bernstein, Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Zemlinsky has turned out to be a master stroke of programming by Nigel Short and his expert, small professional choir, Tenebrae.

Financial Times
Path of Miracles & FootstepsBuy Now

Path of Miracles & Footsteps

Path of Miracles, for a cappella choir, by Joby Talbot was commissioned by Tenebrae and premiered in 2005. The work is based on the most enduring route of Catholic pilgrimage – the great Pilgrimage to Santiago. The four movements of Path of Miracles are titled with the names of the four main staging posts of… continued

Release Date: 21 April 2017

Record Label: Signum Classics

[Footsteps is] an exceptionally beautiful 16-minute work using an anthology of texts themed around travel, solitude and journeying… [Talbot’s Path of Miracles is] a tour-de-force of composition and execution, with Tenebrae giving of their very best. *****

Choir and Organ Magazine
Music of the Spheres – Part Songs of the British IslesBuy Now

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.

Release Date: 30 September 2016

Record Label: Bene Arte

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
Ola GjeiloBuy Now

Ola Gjeilo

Ola Gjeilo’s debut album for Decca is an important release of heavenly, bewitching, eternal new choral music for our time. Drawing on influences from his Nordic background, Ola conjures modern choral music of exceptional beauty.

Release Date: 01 April 2016

Record Label: Decca Classics

Exquisitely beautiful… evocative, lush, story-telling.

Classic FM
Alexander L’Estrange: On Eagles’ WingsBuy Now

Alexander L’Estrange: On Eagles’ Wings

On Eagles’ Wings is a magnificent selection of sacred works by one of Britain’s most popular living choral composers, Alexander L’Estrange.

Release Date: 01 April 2016

Record Label: Signum Classics

This is sacred music written to be used and Tenebrae make excellent advocates for it.

Gramophone Magazine
Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars – Songs and arrangements by Bob ChilcottBuy Now

Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars – Songs and arrangements by Bob Chilcott

Tenebrae Consort is delighted to present a superb collection of Chilcott’s original works and arrangements, exploring the richest of styles, scorings and moods. Enter this world of choral song though the ages in all its guises, and be enchanted.

Release Date: 05 February 2016

Record Label: Bene Arte

This album may be new repertoire for the group but in many ways it’s classic Tenebrae – faultless tuning, perfect blend, pure soprano sound, all beautifully recorded.

Gramophone Magazine
A Very English ChristmasBuy Now

A Very English Christmas

Revel in the yuletide spirit with this wonderful collection of repertoire that provides a musical breath of fresh air at Christmas, heralding the extraordinary talents of some of the most dedicated and less well-known individuals from English choral music.

Release Date: 16 October 2015

Record Label: Bene Arte

Sumptuous performances, and perfectly judged sound

BBC Music Magazine
Brahms and Bruckner MotetsBuy Now

Brahms and Bruckner Motets

Tenebrae proudly presents this release of Brahms and Bruckner motets, the profits from the sale of which will benefit Macmillan Cancer Support to aid their incredible work.

Release Date: 30 October 2015

Record Label: Signum Classics

Nigel Short and Tenebrae have come up with a beautifully balanced and contrasted programme… What superb singing: technically immaculate, somehow lucid and voluptuously beautiful at the same time.

BBC Music Magazine
Will Todd: Lux et VeritasBuy Now

Will Todd: Lux et Veritas

‘Lux et Veritas’ (Light and Truth) is the latest album from Will Todd recorded by Tenebrae. Todd’s music has a universal appeal and he has been hailed as “one of the UK’s most sought-after, versatile composers” (Tempo Magazine).

Release Date: 29 September 2014

Record Label: Signum Classics

Throughout, the excellent Tenebrae under Nigel Short’s sensitive direction deliver the sequence of 14 short pieces with commitment and great beauty of tone.

Choir and Organ
Paul Mealor: I Saw EternityBuy Now

Paul Mealor: I Saw Eternity

Leading choral composer Paul Mealor returns with an album of contemplative celebration emphasising soaring melodies and luscious harmonies. Featuring Tenebrae and the Aurora Orchestra, led by Nigel Short.

Release Date: 04 April 2014

Record Label: Decca

Immaculately groomed performances

BBC Music Magazine
Medieval Chant and Tallis LamentationsBuy Now

Medieval Chant and Tallis Lamentations

The timeless beauty of the simple, melodic and rhythmic inflections of chant has captivated listeners for around a thousand years. This recording of medieval chant is complemented by one of the most poignant and intense polyphonic settings of a sacred text, Tallis’ Lamentations.

Release Date: 10 March 2014

Record Label: Bene Arte

Tenebrae officiate, transforming their listeners from an audience to a congregation.

Record Review, Building a Library, BBC Radio 3
Russian TreasuresBuy Now

Russian Treasures

Russian choral music has been a feature in Tenebrae’s concert performances since the choir’s inception. Russian Treasures delivers a special and heartfelt tribute to the music of these great composers.

Release Date: 13 January 2014

Record Label: Bene Arte

Tenebrae is unbeatable… Tenebrae is the current master of the Russian sound.

Classic FM
Victoria: Tenebrae ResponsoriesBuy Now

Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories

Victoria’s works mix the words of the Gospels with other texts commenting on collective suffering written around the 4th century, and would traditionally have been performed as part of a moving service in which candles are slowly extinguished to mark the progress and suffering of Christ that forms the Passion story.

Release Date: 02 September 2013

Record Label: Signum Classics

a beautifully judged and scaled performance.

The Guardian
Alexander Levine: The Divine Liturgy of St John ChrysostomBuy Now

Alexander Levine: The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom is Levine’s most significant large-scale religious work to date. Inspired by the humility and humanity of the murdered Russian priest (and friend of Levine) Fr. Alexander Men.

Release Date: 11 March 2013

Record Label: Signum Classics

The performance is spectacularly successful. Short paces the score superbly and his singers are with him at every turn.

International Record Review
Gesualdo Tenebrae Responsories / Victoria Lamentations for Holy SaturdayBuy Now

Gesualdo Tenebrae Responsories / Victoria Lamentations for Holy Saturday

2013 marked Gesualdo’s 400th anniversary. With this, its debut recording for Deutsche Grammophon, Tenebrae takes the opportunity to celebrate this visionary composer and his contemporary, Victoria.

Release Date: 01 March 2013

Record Label: Archiv: Deutsche Grammophon

In these exquisite performances Tenebrae reaffirms its reputation as one of the leading exponents of Renaissance music.

The Financial Times
Fauré Requiem and Bach Partita No.2 in DBuy Now

Fauré Requiem and Bach Partita No.2 in D

Tenebrae joins forces with the London Symphony Orchestra for this highly-acclaimed recording of Faure’s Requiem preceded by Bach’s Partita for Violin No 2.

Release Date: 01 November 2012

Record Label: LSO Live

“Devastingly beautiful… I have no hesitation in labelling this the very best Fauré Requiem on disc.”

Gramophone Magazine
Will Todd: The Call of WisdomBuy Now

Will Todd: The Call of Wisdom

Tenebrae and the English Chamber Orchestra, directed by Nigel Short, perform a compilation of works by one of the UK’s most popular and performed modern choral composers, Will Todd.

Release Date: 01 June 2012

Record Label: Signum Classics

“Tenebrae, a crack choir, sings it all immaculately”

BBC Music Magazine
Paul Mealor: A Tender LightBuy Now

Paul Mealor: A Tender Light

Beautiful choral music from Paul Mealor, including Ubi Caritas which was first performed at the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011. Performed by Tenebrae and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Release Date: 14 November 2011

Record Label: Decca Classics

“…the highly impressive Tenebrae directed by Nigel Short pull out all the vocal stops at the right moments”

Gramophone Magazine
Hubert Parry: Songs of FarewellBuy Now

Hubert Parry: Songs of Farewell

Tenebrae go from strength to strength with this new recording of British part songs and choral music centered on Hubert Parry’s Songs of Farewell. This disc also includes works by Tavener, Sullivan, Holst, Rodney Bennett, Howells, Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

Release Date: 25 July 2011

Record Label: Signum Classics

Precision, spot-on intonation and sensitive phrasing inform Tenebrae’s affectionate performances of these settings of great English poets… superbly balanced and textured; a soothing, uplifting antidote to our hectic lives

Editor’s Choice, Classic FM Magazine
Victoria: Requiem Mass 1605Buy Now

Victoria: Requiem Mass 1605

Tenebrae present its BBC Music Magazine award-winning recording of Tomás Luis de Victoria’s requiem mass for six voices, written in 1603 and published in 1605. The disc also features two well-known works by Victoria’s contemporary Alonso Lobo.

Release Date: 28 March 2011

Record Label: Signum Classics

This is a definitive modern Victoria Requiem, performed by a choir who relish its musical and expressive challenges.

Classic FM
ForgivenessBuy Now


Tenebrae joins forces with saxophonist Raphael Ravenscroft for his single, Forgiveness, a tribute to singer Gerry Rafferty.

Release Date: 27 January 2011

Record Label: The Sound Corporation

Alexander Levine: Prayers for MankindBuy Now

Alexander Levine: Prayers for Mankind

Prayers for Mankind celebrates the life and writings of Russian Orthodox Christian priest Father Alexander Men. Set by Russian composer Alexander Levine, it captures the beauty and humanity of Men’s view of the world, and is brought vividly to life by Nigel Short’s Tenebrae.

Release Date: 23 August 2010

Record Label: Signum Classics

Nigel Short’s choir Tenebrae performs the gargantuan work with untiring skill. His four fruity basses sound authentically Russian on the ubiquitous pedal notes.

Classic FM
Figure HumaineBuy Now

Figure Humaine

This collection of Poulenc’s choral works is centered on his masterpiece, Figure Humaine. Even though it is only 20 minutes in length, the work is a supreme test of stamina, technical agility, range, aural skill and musicianship. Tenebrae is more than capable of tackling this repertoire and this disc promises to provide a new benchmark in interpretations of the work.

Release Date: 24 May 2010

Record Label: Signum Classics

For purity and precision of tone, and flawless intonation, Nigel Short’s chamber choir Tenebrae is pretty much unbeatable.

The Times
What Sweeter MusicBuy Now

What Sweeter Music

What Sweeter Music is a real festive treat, with a sumptuous collection of songs and carols for Christmas – touching on traditional favourites, modern classics and some new light-hearted arrangements.

Release Date: 09 November 2009

Record Label: Signum Classics

Superbly sung and plenty of fun

Gramophone Magazine
Stella NatalisBuy Now

Stella Natalis

Karl Jenkins, the classically trained master of global ‘crossover,’ has composed a new work for choir and orchestra, Stella Natalis, as a gift to music lovers of all stylistic and spiritual backgrounds for the holiday season.

Release Date: 02 November 2009

Record Label: EMI

As a composer, he recognises no boundaries – musical, commercial, geographical or cultural. His is a way of thinking and composing that is perfectly in tune with the spirit of the times.

Classic FM Magazine
Handel: MessiahBuy Now

Handel: Messiah

Tenebrae and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Colin Davis, present Handel’s Messiah recorded live at the Barbican.

Release Date: 01 October 2007

Record Label: LSO Live

The choral singing from Tenebrae is jaw-droppingly beautiful

The Guardian
Berlioz: L’enfance du ChristBuy Now

Berlioz: L’enfance du Christ

Described as a ‘sacred trilogy’, Berlioz’s oratorio L’enfance du Christ began as a short piece called Shepherds’ Farewell. It tells the story of the birth of Jesus and the journey of the Holy Family as they escape Bethlehem and head across Egypt to the city of Saïs.

Release Date: 06 August 2007

Record Label: LSO Live

Here, the chamber choir Tenebrae excel themselves: wonder radiates from every securely focused, cleanly voiced chord. They’re the performance’s rock

The Times
Children of MenBuy Now

Children of Men

Composed by John Tavener as the soundtrack for Alfonso Cuarón’s motion picture, Children of Men, this album features Tenebrae on the track ‘Mother and Child’.

Release Date: 12 December 2006

Record Label: Varese Sarabande

Allegri: MiserereBuy Now

Allegri: Miserere

Allegri’s haunting Miserere is the central point in a journey through music of longing and entreaty, hope and faith. These works spanning the centuries are chosen from the heart of Tenebrae’s concert repertoire.

Release Date: 01 October 2006

Record Label: Signum Classics

This album is a must for all connoisseurs of the finest unaccompanied choral singing… Tenebrae reveals itself as one of those exceptional choirs whose individual singers have been moulded into a single superbly sensitive and responsible musical instrument. The mood of each piece is captured to perfection… This is an outstanding performance, which reflects every expressive nuance in both poem and music

The Daily Telegraph
Mozart: RequiemBuy Now

Mozart: Requiem

Accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and conducted by Nigel Short, Tenebrae sings Mozart’s Requiem and Ave Verum Corpus and Haydn’s Insanae et vanae curae.

Release Date: 03 May 2004

Record Label: Warner Classics

The choir’s attack has splendid bite, articulation is superb and every strand of the choral texture is crystal clear. The same goes for the orchestra, which plays with splendid definition.

MusicWeb International
Rachmaninoff VespersBuy Now

Rachmaninoff Vespers

Tenebrae’s recording of Rachmaninoff Vespers was made live at the North Wales International Music Festival in 2004.

Release Date: 01 January 2005

Record Label: Signum Classics

a startling emotional range in their interpretation… a radiant meditation, a revelation of the subtlety of Rachmaninov’s music.

The Guardian
GaudeteBuy Now


Arranged by Classic FM’s Hall of Fame 2004 ‘top-ten-composer’ Karl Jenkins, Gaudete is presented here, both with drums and percussion and as a pure, unadulterated, a cappella version.

Release Date: 01 October 2004

Record Label: Signum Classics

Mother and ChildBuy Now

Mother and Child

This is a distinctive and distinguished collection of works by a number of living composers, many of whom have established themselves at the creative forefront of the choral scene in recent times. The centre-piece of the disc is a new commission – Mother and Child – by Tenebrae from the world acclaimed composer Sir John Tavener.

Release Date: 06 June 2003

Record Label: Signum Classics

On the evidence of this album, Tenebrae’s fan-base deserves to extend to anyone inspired by excellent choral singing

Classical FM Magazine
The Dream of HerodBuy Now

The Dream of Herod

The Dream of Herod features music for Advent, anthems for the Mother and Child, music for Christmas, and The Dream of Herod, a semi-dramatic contemporary work by Nigel Short with a particular resonance at Christmas.

Release Date: 15 November 2002

Record Label: Signum Classics

…more polished choral singing would be hard to find anywhere

BBC Music Magazine

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