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Good Night, Beloved

The Sixteen

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Escapism is the idea behind this latest offering from Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, and while that's certainly an apt concept for 2021 thus far, you don't need to be craving escapism in order to appreciate its contents.

Their interpretation of “escapism” is a satisfyingly broad one, too. Encompassing over 500 years of repertoire and themes, there's everything here from the robust jollity of William Cornysh's male-voice Hoyda, hoyda, jolly rutterkin (“hoyda” being a jovial greeting, and a “rutterkin” being a swaggering gallant or bully) to the peaceful legato and suspended harmonies of Will Todd's mixed-voice Whisper Him my name based on a prayer of Saint Joseph, commissioned for Christophers and The Sixteen. Indeed those two sit side by side.

There's also a new commission from baritone and composer Roderick Williams in the form of an unabashedly romantic and rapturous arrangement of An Eriskay Love Lilt, set to rippling piano waves. In fact one of the pleasures of this album is even balance between 21st century composers (there's also Peter Maxwell Davies, Bob Chilcott, James MacMillan and Eric Whitacre) and names of the past such as Cornyth, Stanford and Bax; and always with the flow from one work (and often century) to the next feeling thoroughly organic.

The singing is equally everything you would anticipate from The Sixteen, with all their usual warmth and purity of tone, smooth blending, and committed expression of their clearly articulated texts' meanings. In short, this is yet another recording from The Sixteen which both their fans and choral lovers in general will be reaching for regularly and indefinitely, far into the future. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz

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1
Vox dicentis
Alexandra Kidgell
00:08:25

Edward Naylor, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Cathedral Music, MusicPublisher - Alexandra Kidgell, MainArtist

(C) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

2
Lullabye for Lucy
The Sixteen
00:05:20

Davies, MusicPublisher - Peter Maxwell Davies, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor - George Mackay Brown, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes Ltd, MusicPublisher

(C) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

3
I am a Jolly Foster
Mark Dobell
00:03:20

Anonymous, Composer - ManuScript, MusicPublisher - The Sixteen, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Rob Macdonald, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - George Pooley, MainArtist

(C) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

4
Children are a Heritage of the Lord
The Sixteen
00:04:20

The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor - James MacMillan, Composer - Boosey & Hawkes Ltd, MusicPublisher

(C) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

5
Londonderry Air
The Sixteen
00:04:06

Bob Chilcott, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Frederick Edward Weatherly, Composer - Christopher Glynn, MainArtist - Oxford University Press, MusicPublisher

(C) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

6
Good Night, Good Night, Beloved
The Sixteen
00:03:50

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Ciro Pinsuti, Composer - Novello, MusicPublisher

(C) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

7
Hoyda, Hoyda, Jolly Rutterkin
Mark Dobell
00:04:06

ManuScript, MusicPublisher - The Sixteen, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - William Cornysh, Composer - Rob Macdonald, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - John Skelton, Composer - George Pooley, MainArtist

(C) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

8
Whisper Him My Name
The Sixteen
00:08:50

The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Will Todd, Composer - Tyalgum Press, MusicPublisher - Ben Dunwell, Composer

(C) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

9
The Blue Bird, Op. 119 No. 3
The Sixteen
00:03:33

Charles Villiers Stanford, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Stainer & Bell Ltd, MusicPublisher - Mary Elizabeth Coleridge, Composer

(C) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

10
Ah Robin, Gentle Robin
Mark Dobell
00:02:52

ManuScript, MusicPublisher - The Sixteen, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - William Cornysh, Composer - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Ben Davies, MainArtist - Sir Thomas Wyatt, Composer

(C) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

11
Sleep
The Sixteen
00:05:05

Eric Whitacre, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Charles Anthony Silvestri, Composer - Walton Music Corporation, MusicPublisher

(C) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

12
Eriskay Love Lilt
Julie Cooper
00:03:10

Roderick Williams, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Christopher Glynn, MainArtist - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist - Julie Cooper, MainArtist - Top C Publishing, MusicPublisher

(C) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

13
Giles Jolt
Mark Dobell
00:01:18

ManuScript, MusicPublisher - The Sixteen, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - William Hayes, Composer - Ben Davies, MainArtist - George Pooley, MainArtist

(C) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

14
Mater ora filium
Julie Cooper
00:10:23

Arnold Bax, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist - Chappell Music ltd, MusicPublisher - Julie Cooper, MainArtist - Kirsty Hopkins, MainArtist

(C) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2021 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

Album Description

Escapism is the idea behind this latest offering from Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, and while that's certainly an apt concept for 2021 thus far, you don't need to be craving escapism in order to appreciate its contents.

Their interpretation of “escapism” is a satisfyingly broad one, too. Encompassing over 500 years of repertoire and themes, there's everything here from the robust jollity of William Cornysh's male-voice Hoyda, hoyda, jolly rutterkin (“hoyda” being a jovial greeting, and a “rutterkin” being a swaggering gallant or bully) to the peaceful legato and suspended harmonies of Will Todd's mixed-voice Whisper Him my name based on a prayer of Saint Joseph, commissioned for Christophers and The Sixteen. Indeed those two sit side by side.

There's also a new commission from baritone and composer Roderick Williams in the form of an unabashedly romantic and rapturous arrangement of An Eriskay Love Lilt, set to rippling piano waves. In fact one of the pleasures of this album is even balance between 21st century composers (there's also Peter Maxwell Davies, Bob Chilcott, James MacMillan and Eric Whitacre) and names of the past such as Cornyth, Stanford and Bax; and always with the flow from one work (and often century) to the next feeling thoroughly organic.

The singing is equally everything you would anticipate from The Sixteen, with all their usual warmth and purity of tone, smooth blending, and committed expression of their clearly articulated texts' meanings. In short, this is yet another recording from The Sixteen which both their fans and choral lovers in general will be reaching for regularly and indefinitely, far into the future. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz

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