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Poetry in Music. Album by The Sixteen

Poetry in Music. Album by The Sixteen



Album Description


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.


The Sixteen
Harry Christophers


'Four tracks and less than 20 minutes into this disc it is clear that this is something really special.' Gramophone

'The performances are beautiful and brilliant.' The New York Times

'This is a lovely disc, with some finely expressive singing and the creation of some highly beautiful textures. A must for anyone that loves this repertoire.Planet Hugill

Track Listing:

Sir William Harris (1883-1973)
1. Faire is the heaven

Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998)
2. Dance, clarion air

Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623)
3. When David heard

James MacMillan (b.1959)
4. The Gallant Weaver

Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)
5. Since I believe in God the Father Almighty

Robert Ramsey (c.1590-1644)
6. When David heard

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
7. Hymn to Saint Cecilia

Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986)
8. There is a spirit

Michael East (1580-1648)
9. When David heard

Herbert Howells (1892 -1983)
10. Take him, earth, for cherishing

Robert Pearsall (1795-1856)
11. Lay a Garland

12. Eternitie

Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)
13. When David heard

14. Bring us, O Lord God



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