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All The Ends Of The Earth

​Catalogue no: SIGCD070  

Price: £13.00 (including postage and packaging)

This recording celebrates the vibrant relationship that has developed between contemporary sacred British choral music and the music of the medieval era, allowing several works composed in recent years to be heard alongside the type of music that inspired their creation. Some of these relationships are very close, where composers have drawn on a particular medieval work or school of composition, whilst others reflect a more general influence. Two motets have been composed specially for the recording; most of the medieval works have been freshly edited, and there are new reconstructions of music from the Winchester Troper and of the tradition of improvised discant based on plainsong. 

1. All the Ends of the Earth         Judith Weir
2. Kyrie eleison Anonymous, c. 1000
3. Sint lumbi James Weeks
4. Vir perfecte Anonymous, 13th century
5. Salve Regina Bayan Northcott
6. Gemma nitens Anonymous, 14th century
7. Stabant autem iuxta crucem Michael Finnissy
8. Quam pulchra es John Dunstaple (d.1453)
9. Alma Redemptoris Mater Bayan Northcott
10. Alma Redemptoris Mater Sarum plainchant with discant
11. Sanctus (Missa Canonica) Robin Holloway
12. Agnus Dei (Missa Canonica) Robin Holloway
13. Stella maris Anonymous, 14th century
14. O Jesu, Nomen Dulce Jonathan Harvey
15. Mater ora filium Anonymous, 14th century
16. Thomas, Jewel of Canterbury Gabriel Jackson
17. Campanis cum cymbalis Anonymous, 14th century

Reviews

"I love this CD. The ear is constantly refreshed by changes of texture and colour... and the Choir sing with great aptness and musicality under Geoffrey Webber. It's a most refreshing release and one you'll enjoy listening to again and again." BBC Radio 3

"This fine disc, which spans a millennium of choral composition, intensifies the shock of the old and the beauty of the new.  Works by long-dead Englishmen interlock here with pristine a cappella miniatures by eight living Brits, clearly rehearsed to perfection by Geoffrey Webber and sensitively performed by his young Cambridge choristers.  Judith Weir's All the Ends of the Earth and Bayan Northcott's two motets, for example, present strikingly different, yet successful contemporary 'neo-medieval' approaches.  Fascinating stuff." Classic FM magazine, January 2006

"A really imaginative recording . . . on which a great deal of care and attention has been lavished. I love this CD.   The ear is constantly refreshed by changes of texture and colour, and there is much to learn about both medieval composition and how contemporary composers have been inspired by medieval compositional devices and the sound world they inhabited. The Choir . . . sing with great aptness and musicality under Geoffrey Webber. It’s a most refreshing release and one you’ll enjoy listening to again and again..." CD Review, BBC Radio 3, February 2006