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NEW 70: A Life in Music. Album by The Sixteen

NEW 70: A Life in Music. Album by The Sixteen

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70: A Life in Music

Album Description

Any account of choral music in the early twenty-first century would be incomplete without a chapter dedicated to the work of Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. The conductor, in partnership with the ensemble he founded 45 years ago, has set benchmark standards for the performance of everything from late medieval polyphony to new works from today’s finest choral composers. While his artistry arises from the great British tradition of cathedral and collegiate choral singing, it soars above convention to open fresh perspectives on Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary music.

Celebrating his 70th birthday, this collection features 39 tracks hand-picked by Harry Christophers which document his life in music.


The Sixteen
Harry Christophers
Handel and Haydn Society


Track Listing


John SHEPPARD (c. 1515-58)
1. Libera nos I & II

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-76)
2. This little babe (from A Ceremony of Carols)

Medieval Carol
3. St Thomas Honour we

Henry PURCELL (c. 1659-95)
4. O sing unto the Lord, Z44

Edmund RUBBRA (1901-86)
5. Kyrie (From Missa Cantuariensis)

William BYRD (1543-1623)
6. This Day Christ was born

G.F. HANDEL (1685-1759)
7. Excerpts from Jephtha, HWV 70

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-97)
8. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit (From Ein Deutsches Requiem)

Benjamin BRITTEN
9. The Evening Primrose (From Five Flower Songs)

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)
10. Exaudi orationem meam Domine (From Symphony of Psalms)

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934)
11. Give unto the Lord

Francis POULENC (1899-1963)
12. Un soir de neige, FP 126

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-92)
13. Cinq rechants No. III

Heinrich SCHÜTZ (1585-1672)
14. Canticum B Simeonis (From Musikalische Exequien, SWV 281)

Total running time: 75.08



15. Dixit Dominus (From Dixit Dominus, HWV 232)

João Lourenco REBELO (1610-61)
16. Panis angelicus

Richard HYGONS (c.1435-1509)
17. Salve Regina

Tomás Luis de VICTORIA (c.1548-1611)
18. Nigra sum

19. For unto us a child is born (From Messiah, HWV 56)

Tomás Luis de VICTORIA
20. Laetatus sum

21. Excerpts from The Fairy Queen

Robert RAMSEY (c.1590-1644)
22. When David Heard

23. Jesum tradidit (From Sept Répons des Ténèbres)

Francisco GUERRERO (c.1528-1599)
24. Ave virgo sanctissima

Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643)
25. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (From Selva morale e spirituale)

Total running time: 52.34



Arvo PÄRT (b.1935)
26. The Woman with the Alabaster Box

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809)
27. Finale Vivace (From Symphony 82 ‘L’ours’, Hob.I/82)

28. Kings shall be thy nursing fathers (From Coronation Anthem My heart is inditing, HWV 261)

James MACMILLAN (b.1959)
29. Dominus dabit benignitatem

Joseph HAYDN
30. Agnus Dei (From Harmoniemesse, Hob.XXII:14)

G.P. da PALESTRINA (c.1525-94)
31. Pater noster

J.S. BACH (1685-1750)
32. Gloria (From Mass in G minor, BWV 235)

33. Sancta Mater, istud agas (From Stabat mater)

Imogen HOLST (1907-84)
34. O Sorrow (From Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow)

C. Hubert H. PARRY (1848-1918)
35. There is an old belief (From Songs of Farewell)

Cecilia MCDOWALL (b.1951)
36. Now may we singen

37. Agnus Dei (From Missa Cantate)

Alissa FIRSOVA (b.1986)
38. Stabat Mater

Joseph HAYDN
39. The Heavens are telling the Glory of God (From The Creation, Hob.XXI:2)


Total running time: 78.45