BBC RADIO 3's COMPOSER OF THE WEEK (19 - 23 September 2016)
The distinctive style of Edmund Rubbra’s music is unmistakable – his love of counterpoint, his sense of tonality, and his clever working of melody make him stand out from many of his contemporaries. His writing, whilst harmonically challenging and vocally taxing, is also intensely personal and highly charged with emotion - at times mystical, at others seriously dramatic.
Though he is best-known for his orchestral works, choral music was a constant throughout his career, and a genre of particular importance to a composer of strong spiritual conviction.
In this beautiful new recording The Sixteen explores some of his little-known choral music including the extraordinary Tenebrae Nocturns and the Missa Cantuariensis with its fabulous double-choir writing.
This album also features the first recording of the Responses from the Missa Cantuariensis.
'Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, with their signature balance and textual care, make articulate advocates for a composer who is much more than a late echo of Holst or Vaughan Williams.' Gramophone
'Harry Christophers balances the soaring soprano solo of Julie Cooper caressingly against the ensemble singers, in a performance which achieves ecstasy without any element of overstatement. ... This is a disc which anybody remotely interested in Rubbra will want to purchase.' BBC Music Magazine
Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986)
TENEBRAE - First Nocturn Op. 72
1. In monte Oliveti
2. Tristis est anima mea
3. Ecce vidimus eum
THREE MOTETS Op. 76
4. Let us now praise famous men
5. There is a spirit
6. Except the Lord build the house
TENEBRAE - Second Nocturn Op. 72
7. Amicus meus
8. Judas mercator pessimus
9. Unus ex discipulis
FIVE MOTETS Op. 37
11. Vain wits and eyes
12. A Hymn to God the Father
13. The Search
14. A Song
TENEBRAE - Third Nocturn Op.72
15. Eram quasi agnus innocens
16. Una hora non potuistis
17. Seniores populi
MISSA CANTUARIENSIS Op. 59
6. Agnus Dei
7. Gloria in excelsis
Total playing time: 73.11