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The Sixteen - Harry Christophers|Sacred and Profane

Sacred and Profane

The Sixteen

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The Sixteen are prolific enough that one wonders why they need to slice and dice previous releases for reissues. Yet freshness of programming is one reason this English choir (actually bulked up to 18 for most of these works) is a consistent best-seller. To a selection of works by Britten and William Cornysh (probably a father-son pair, but reasonably enough treated as a single composer here) they add three new recordings of works by Cornysh to create an original program. This is fairly novel, and it promises to have the primary feature of a really good thematic program, namely, that it illuminates other facets about the composers involved in addition to its external idea. In this case, that means the mutual influences of sacred and secular forms in the music of these two composers. But the program does more than that: it reflects as well on Britten and the nature of his relationship to the English musical past. Britten was a composer who took a great deal from the English choral tradition without being neo-anything, and this album puts those borrowings into perspective. One might note that the final work, the rarely recorded Sacred and Profane (Britten's last choral work) fits the first aim well enough but is not really comfortable in the second context, and in fact breaks the mood somewhat. But fans of The Sixteen will find the choir's usual competence and freshness here.
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A Hymn to the Virgin (Benjamin Britten)

1
A Hymn to the Virgin
The Sixteen
00:03:41

Benjamin Britten, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor

(C) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

My Love She Mourn'th (William Cornysh)

2
My Love She Mourn'th
The Sixteen
00:03:38

The Sixteen, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - William Cornysh, Composer - Ben Davies, MainArtist

(C) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

Hymn to Saint Cecilia, Op. 27 (Benjamin Britten)

3
Hymn to Saint Cecilia, Op. 27
The Sixteen
00:10:57

Benjamin Britten, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Ben Davies, MainArtist - Julie Cooper, MainArtist - Kirsty Hopkins, MainArtist - Edward McMullan, MainArtist

(C) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

Salve Regina (William Cornysh)

4
Salve Regina
The Sixteen
00:14:45

The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor - William Cornysh, Composer

(C) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

Advanced Democracy (Benjamin Britten)

5
Advanced Democracy
The Sixteen
00:03:20

Benjamin Britten, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor

(C) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

Ave Maria, mater Dei (William Cornysh)

6
Ave Maria, Mater Dei
The Sixteen
00:03:50

The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor - William Cornysh, Composer

(C) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

Woefully Array'd (William Cornysh)

7
Woefully Array'd
The Sixteen
00:07:48

The Sixteen, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - William Cornysh, Composer - Rob Macdonald, MainArtist

(C) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

Ah, Robin, gentle Robin (William Cornysh)

8
Ah, Robin, Gentle Robin
The Sixteen
00:02:49

The Sixteen, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - William Cornysh, Composer - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Ben Davies, MainArtist

(C) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

Sacred and Profane, op. 91 (Benjamin Britten)

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I. St Godric's Hymn
The Sixteen
00:01:33

Benjamin Britten, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor

(C) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

10
II. I Mon Waxe Wod
The Sixteen
00:00:38

Benjamin Britten, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor

(C) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

11
III. Lenten is Come
The Sixteen
00:02:43

Benjamin Britten, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor

(C) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

12
IV. The Long Night
The Sixteen
00:01:19

Benjamin Britten, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor

(C) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

13
V. Yif ic of Luve Can
The Sixteen
00:02:38

Benjamin Britten, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor

(C) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

14
VI. Carol
The Sixteen
00:01:36

Benjamin Britten, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor

(C) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

15
VII. Ye that Pasen by
The Sixteen
00:02:18

Benjamin Britten, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor

(C) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

16
VIII. A Death
The Sixteen
00:03:01

Benjamin Britten, Composer - The Sixteen, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor

(C) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2018 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

Album Description

The Sixteen are prolific enough that one wonders why they need to slice and dice previous releases for reissues. Yet freshness of programming is one reason this English choir (actually bulked up to 18 for most of these works) is a consistent best-seller. To a selection of works by Britten and William Cornysh (probably a father-son pair, but reasonably enough treated as a single composer here) they add three new recordings of works by Cornysh to create an original program. This is fairly novel, and it promises to have the primary feature of a really good thematic program, namely, that it illuminates other facets about the composers involved in addition to its external idea. In this case, that means the mutual influences of sacred and secular forms in the music of these two composers. But the program does more than that: it reflects as well on Britten and the nature of his relationship to the English musical past. Britten was a composer who took a great deal from the English choral tradition without being neo-anything, and this album puts those borrowings into perspective. One might note that the final work, the rarely recorded Sacred and Profane (Britten's last choral work) fits the first aim well enough but is not really comfortable in the second context, and in fact breaks the mood somewhat. But fans of The Sixteen will find the choir's usual competence and freshness here.
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