Tenebrae

Music of the Spheres: Part Songs of the British Isles

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212090428
Catnr: SIGCD 904
Release date: 09 December 2016
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Signum Classics
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0635212090428
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SIGCD 904
Release date
09 December 2016
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About the album

Internationally-renowned chamber choir Tenebrae return with a new collection of British part songs and choral works. As well as being a celebration of compositions by British composers, the disc also marks Shakespeare’s anniversary year with a selection of works based on his texts, including the much loved works by Vaughan Williams and a lesser-known set by Herbert Murrill. Perhaps the least recognisable composer name on this disc, Murrill (1909-1952) is one of a select group of composers who – through war or ill-health – died at a tragically young age and whose works were subsequently neglected during the second half of the century.
Een nieuwe collectie Britse part songs uitgevoerd door het beroemde kamerkoor Tenebrae
Het internationaal vermaarde kamerkoor Tenebrae presenteert een nieuwe collectie van Britse part songs en koorwerken. Dit album viert niet alleen de werken van Britse componisten, maar ook het jubileum van Shakespeare, met een aantal werken gebaseerd op zijn teksten, waaronder de zeer geliefde werken van Vaughan Williams en een minder bekende set van Herbert Murrill. Murrill is waarschijnlijk de onbekendste naam op dit album. Hij maakt deel uit van een selecte groep componisten die als gevolg van oorlog of slechte gezondheid al op jonge leeftijd overleed, en wiens werken vervolgens verwaarloosd werden.

Het professionele kamerkoor Tenebrae werd in 2001 opgericht door Nigel Short. Het repertoire van het koor is uitzonderlijk breed, reikend van oude muziek tot aan werken uit de romantiek en 20e eeuw, plus een aantal werken die speciaal voor hen zijn gecomponeerd. Tenebrae treedt op bij kaarslicht en creëert een sfeer van spirituele en muzikale overpeinzing, waarin middeleeuwse gezangen en renaissancewerken worden afgewisseld met hedendaagse composities. Het zorgvuldig geselecteerde team van zangers maakt gebruik van de akoestiek en sfeer van het gebouw om het publiek de kracht en intimiteit van de menselijke stem te laten ervaren.

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Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision.

Tenebrae’s ever-increasing discography has brought about collaborations with Signum, Decca Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, LSO Live and Warner Classics. In 2012 Tenebrae were the first-ever ensemble to be multi-nominated in the same category for the BBC Music Magazine Awards, securing the accolade of Best Choral Performance for their recording of Victoria’s Requiem Mass, 1605. The following year the choir’s recording of Fauré’s Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra was nominated for the Gramophone Awards, having been described as “the very best Fauré Requiem on disc” (Gramophone Magazine) and “the English choral tradition at its zenith” (Richard Morrison). In 2014 the choir’s recording of Russian Orthodox music was launched on its own label, Bene Arte, receiving glowing reviews and reaching number 1 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart. In 2016 Tenebrae received its second BBC Music Magazine Award for a recording of Brahms and Bruckner Motets, the profits from the sale of which benefit Macmillan Cancer Support. In order to mark Tenebrae’s fifteenth anniversary, this season the choir is re-releasing its first major commission by Joby Talbot, Path of Miracles, alongside a new work by rising composer, Owain Park.

Tenebrae is a dedicated advocate for contemporary composers having worked with Judith Bingham, Alexander Levine, Paweł Łukaszewski, Paul Mealor, Hilary Tann, Sir John Tavener and Will Todd, in addition to recent releases featuring music by Ola Gjeilo and Alexander L’Estrange. The choir is renowned for its highly-acclaimed interpretations of choral music with repertoire ranging from hauntingly passionate works of the Renaissance through to contemporary choral masterpieces.

Tenebrae is regularly engaged with the world’s finest orchestras and has appeared at major national and international festivals including the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Three Choirs Festival, Leipzig Gewandhaus (Germany) and Montreux Choral Festival (Switzerland). The 2016-17 season will see Tenebrae launch its inaugural Holy Week Festival at St John’s Smith Square, London, as well as concerts throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. Alongside concert performances, the choir presents its inspirational workshop method, The Tenebrae Effect, designed to challenge and advance every participant by instilling skills essential to a Tenebrae performance.

‘Passion and Precision’ are Tenebrae’s core values. Through its continued dedication to performance of the highest quality, Tenebrae’s vision is to deliver dramatic programming, flawless performances and unforgettable experiences, allowing audiences around the world to be moved by the power and intimacy of the human voice.

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