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A Mother's Love: Music for Mary

A Mother's Love: Music for Mary



Here is a story of devotion, faith and love. Mary, daughter of Anne, wife of Joseph, became the mother of Jesus. Countless Christian worshippers have known her as the Mother of Mercy, the Mother of Sorrows, the Mother of God. Mary's image has been used and adapted across two millennia, giving rise to cults of the Blessed Virgin, popular traditions, sectarian divisions and a wealth of art works directly inspired by her. An uncountable number of Marian compositions underpin the foundations of western classical music, from simple hymns of praise to grand settings of the Magnificat. A Mother's Love takes the listener on a journey, both historical and spiritual, charting the course of Marian music over ten centuries.

The Sixteen
Harry Christophers

'Performances throughout show this marvellous choir at their most eloquent, beautifully balanced and blended.'  Gramophone

Track Listing:

Edvard Grieg (1845-1907)
1. Ave maris stella

William Cornysh (c.1465-1523)
2. Ave Maria Mater Dei

Josquin Desprez (c.1452-1521)
3. Gaude Virgo Mater Christi

Anton Bruckner (1824-96)
4. Tota pulchra es, Maria (Antiphon)

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
5. Ave Maria

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
6. A Hymn to the Virgin

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47)
7. Ave Maria

Jacob Obrecht (c.1450-1505)
8. Salve Regina

Margaret Rizza (b.1929)
9. Ave generosa

Anon. (medieval)
10. Alma Redemptoris Mater

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
11. Ave Maria

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-94)
12. Sicut lilium inter spinas

Franz Liszt (1811-86)
13. Ave maris stella

Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
14. Ave Maria

Maurice Duruflé (1902-86)
15. Tota pulchra es, Maria

16. Salve Regina

Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)
17. Salve Regina


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