Harry Christophers & The Sixteen with Robert Quinney, organ & piano
Tarik O'Regan (b.1978): fleeting, God* / O vera digna hostia / Beloved, all things
Ruth Byrchmore (b.1966): The Dark Night* / Prayer of St.Teresa of Avila* / A Birthday
Roderick Williams (b.1965) O Guiding Night* / Let nothing trouble you* / O Adonai
* Commissioned by the Genesis Foundation
Gramophone Editor's Choice - September 2011
Harry Christophers and The Sixteen embark on their
second new commissions project with the Genesis
Foundation this time featuring works inspired by The
Spanish Mystics - St Teresa of Ávila and St John
of the Cross.
O Guiding Night is the fascinating result of The Sixteen's second major collaboration with the Genesis Foundation and features six new works by contemporary British composers Tarik O'Regan, Roderick Williams and Ruth Byrchmore. The new works are all inspired by the poetry of two principals of The Spanish Mystics movement - St. Teresa of Ávila and St. John of the Cross.
The Spanish Mystics were major figures in the Catholic Reformation in Spain during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Their attempts to express in words their experience of a mystical communion with Christ produced some exquisite poetry and writings which went on to influence and shape the Spanish language.
All three of the composers featured on this disc have won critical acclaim for their work in recent years and accolades include GRAMMY Nominations and Composer of the Year Awards as well as numerous commissions and broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and 4.
The Sixteen and the Genesis Foundation last collaborated on the Padre Pio Prayer recording (COR16071), which featured commissions by James MacMillan, Roxanna Panufnik and Will Todd. As well as the O Guiding Night release, the ensemble is about to embark on a new project, supported by the Foundation, to find the next generation of ensemble choral singers. For more information on the Genesis Sixteen project visit www.thesixteen.com.