Poetry In Music / The Sixteen

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Label: CORO
Catalog: COR16134
Format: CD

the Sixteen

Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27 East, M: When David Heard that Absalom was Slain Gurney: Since I believe in God the Father Harris, W: Faire is the Heaven Bring us, O Lord God Howells: Take him, earth, for cherishing MacMillan: The Gallant Weaver Pearsall: Lay a garland Ramsey, R: When David heard Rubbra: Eternitie Rubinstein, B: There is a spirit Tippett: Dance, Clarion Air Tomkins: When David Heard Weelkes: When David Heard

Gramophone Awards 2016 shortlist – Choral
Does music add substance to words or is music inspired by them? Songs of departure and farewell are deeply rooted in the great tradition of British choral music, nourished by ancient myths of testing journeys, wayside transformations and homecomings. The transcendent nature of music and the power of poetry to challenge and alter perceptions of reality – harnessed by English composers over many centuries – flow through a programme that invites contemplation of life and death, of love and loss, creation and eternity. In a journey covering six centuries of musical history, The Sixteen performs a cappella anthems with powerful texts by writers as varied as Edmund Spenser, Christopher Fry and W.H. Auden.

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