Clare College Choir, Cambridge - Miserere

Clare College Choir, Cambridge - Miserere
Genre: Classical
Duration: 58:58
Artist: Clare College Choir, Cambridge
Album: Miserere
Release Date: 2000
Styles: Choral

In this recording, Miserere, the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, sings with a round tone, clear diction, and affecting sincerity, and Timothy Brown leads them in richly molded, lovingly phrased, and honestly touching performances. Brilliant's recording is clean yet evocative, with a huge dynamic range and a tangible sense of place and time. It's beautifully sung, beautifully directed, beautifully recorded and beautifully programmed, but this Renaissance choral music often calls for more beauty; it calls for total commitment, plus unreserved sympathy for the music, which is, as the title indicates, of a lamenting character.

Some of the pieces here -- Josquin's Absalon fili mi, Tallis' Lamentations, Allegri's Miserere, and especially Gesualdo's O vos omnes -- are as directly moving as work of the Romantic period. All the rest, even Palestrina's mellifluous Stabat Mater, is at the very least intensely expressive. But here they are merely very, very beautiful, and beauty isn't enough.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorusClare College Choir, Cambridge12:40
Work(s)
[Unspecified] Stabat MaterClare College Choir, Cambridge11:16
When David heard (O my son Absalom), sacred madrigal in 2 sections for 6 voicesClare College Choir, Cambridge4:18
How Are the Mighty FallenClare College Choir, Cambridge7:37
Lord, how long wilt Thou be angry, anthem for alto, tenor, bass, chorus & organ, Z. 25Clare College Choir, Cambridge3:17
Remember not, Lord, our offences, anthem for chorus & organ, Z. 50Clare College Choir, Cambridge2:52
Hear my prayer, O Lord, anthem for chorus, violins & continuo, Z. 15 (unfinished)Clare College Choir, Cambridge2:04
Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, march and canzona for orchestra, Z. 860
Funeral MarchClare College Choir, Cambridge2:10
Funeral Sentences (for the funeral of Queen Mary), Z. 27
Man that is born of a womanClare College Choir, Cambridge2:24
In the midst of lifeClare College Choir, Cambridge3:43
Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, march and canzona for orchestra, Z. 860
CanzonaClare College Choir, Cambridge2:27
Funeral Sentences (for the funeral of Queen Mary), Z. 27
Thou knowest, LordClare College Choir, Cambridge2:55
Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, march and canzona for orchestra, Z. 860
Funeral MarchClare College Choir, Cambridge1:15

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