Christopher Tye – Complete Consort Music – Phantasm (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:07:13 minutes | 1,2 GB | Genre: Classical
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This latest recording from the award-winning viol consort focuses on an important composer and radical thinker from the sixteenth century, the Englishman Christopher Tye. Tye is especially bold in his metrical and harmonic experiments embraced within his mystical but surprisingly approachable instrumental works. There are pieces depicting the biblical Rachel weeping for her children, an In Nomine counted in lengths of five beats (unheard of before the nineteenth century) and obsessional works – such as Sit Fast – which test the rhythmic skills of musicians with passages of dizzyingly modernist metrical complexity.
Phantasm take a radically different approach to previous recordings, delivering a performance that brings out the music’s ceaseless energy, rhythmic articulation, and provocative harmonies – in short, one that highlights Tye’s insights as music for today. Phantasm will perform works by Christopher Tye at Berlin’s Marienkirche and London’s Wigmore Hall in September and October 2017 respectively.

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Choir of Clare College, Cambridge & Graham Ross – Remembrance (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:20:07 minutes | 1,31 GB | Genre: Classical
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Graham Ross directs the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge in a wide-ranging and moving sequence of music for Remembrance, including John Tavener’s “Song for Athene”, settings of the text “When David heard of the death of Absolom “ by two of England’s foremost 16th-century composers, Thomas Tomkins and Thomas Weelkes, and featuring Durufle’s 1948 setting of the Requiem Mass.

Founded in 1971, the Choir of Clare College has gained an international reputation as one of the leading university choral groups in the world. Beyond its primary function of leading services three times a week in the College Chapel in Cambridge, the Choir maintains an active schedule recording, broadcasting and performing worldwide.

In addition to live performances the Choir has produced an impressive discography: their partnership with harmonia mundi includes recordings of Handel’s ‘Messiah’, Blow’s ‘Venus and Adonis’, with René Jacobs, world première recordings of choral works by Imogen Holst, and most recently a series based on the major festivals in the Anglican calendar, produced, engineered and edited by John Rutter and accompanied by excellent booklet notes by Graham Ross.

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Choir of Clare College, Cambridge & Graham Ross – Reformation 1517-2017 (2017)
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In 1517, indignant at the mercenary abuses of the Church and convinced that a public debate was needed to restore faith in the founding texts of the Bible, Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg Castle. This marked the beginning of the Reformation, which was to spread all over Europe. Five hundred years later, Graham Ross here gives an insight into the emotional and dramatic strength of its theological and cultural legacy in a programme featuring Bach’s two great Reformation cantatas and other chorale-based works from the German and English traditions down to the 20th century.

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Choir of Clare College, Cambridge & Graham Ross – Pange Lingua: Music for Corpus Christi (2017)
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Graham Ross directs the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge in a sequence for Corpus Christi, one of the most important feasts in the liturgical calendar. Thomas Aquinas’s celebrated Eucharistic hymns appear in settings from the 16th, 20th and 21st centuries, framed by two masterpieces celebrating the Holy Communion: masterpieces celebrating the Holy Communion: Josquin’s Missa Pange Lingua and Finzi’s extended anthem, Lo, the full, final Sacrifice.

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Choir of Clare College, Cambridge & Graham Ross – Haec dies: Music for Easter (2016)
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The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and director Graham Ross continue their series of music for the church year with a sequence for Easter Day that spans five centuries and explores the rich tapestry of repertoire from across the European continent.

„That most elegant of mixed Oxbridge choirs“ (Gramophone), The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, directed by Graham Ross present their sixth recording in Ross’s brilliantly conceived series based on the major festivals in the Anglican calendar. This Easter collection spans five centuries, including a world première by Matthew Martin, in a program exploring the rich tapestry of repertoire across Europe. Haec dies was produced by John Rutter, composer and former Director of Music at Clare College, in the glorious acoustics of All Hallows’ Church.

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