Music Of The Kingdom / The Sixteen
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
Britten: Homage: Final Dance Carver: Missa Dum sacrum mysterium: Sanctus Carver: Benedictus Gibbons, O: Great King of Gods Handel: Coronation Anthem No. 1, HWV258 'Zadok the Priest' Tallis: Sing and glorify heaven's high majesty Turges: From stormy windes
This new compilation from The Sixteen brings together some of the finest works written for, and in celebration of, Monarchs and the Kingdom. From Turges in the 1400s to Britten in the 20th century, whether for magnificent state occasions or private devotion, the Kings and Queens of Great Britain have inspired and patronized some of our finest and most enduring music. Included on this disc are two of Handel’s glorious Coronation Anthems written for the coronation of King George II; excerpts from Purcell’s music for Queen Mary; and the Sanctus from Robert Carver’s sumptuous Missa Dum Sacrum Mysterium which may well have been sung at the coronation of James V. Taking centre-stage however, is Tallis’s dazzling Sing and glorify – the English setting of Spem in alium which was adapted for King James I to honour his son Henry, the newly-anointed Prince of Wales. On display are centuries of superb compositions from the CORO catalogue of recordings made so far, with the exception of one specially recorded track: William Byrd's fabulous O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth.