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Nethsingha: Sheppard – Gaude, Gaude, Gaude Maria (24/96 FLAC)

Nethsingha: Sheppard - Gaude, Gaude, Gaude Maria (24/96 FLAC)
Nethsingha: Sheppard – Gaude, Gaude, Gaude Maria (24/96 FLAC)


Composer: John Sheppard
Performer: John Clapham, Guy Edmund-Jones, Samuel Oladeinde, Xavier Hetherington, John Holland-Avery, Kieran Brunt, Choir of St John’s College Cambridge
Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Chandos
Catalogue: CHSA0401
Release: 2013
Size: 754 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Gaude gaude gaude Maria virgo
02. In pace in idipsum
03. Our Father
04. In manus tuas (2nd setting)

Mass ‘The Western Wynde’
05. Gloria

anon.: Haec Dies
06. Mass, “The Western Wynde”
07. Credo
08. Sanctus
09. Benedictus
10. Agnus Dei

11. Christ rising again
12. Spiritus Sanctus procedens (2nd setting)
13. Aeterne Rex altissime
14. Libera nos, salva nos, Magnus Dominus (1st setting)

Not much is known about the English composer John Sheppard. When he was born, and where he grew up, is lost to history but most scholars place his birth at somewhere between 1515 and 1520. This places him in one of the most turbulent periods in English church history, something that can be heard on this disc in the wide stylistic range he used in order to adapt to the quickly changing politics of the day. The sophisticated six part texture of Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria suggests the influence of Queen Mary who encouraged elaborate sacred composition. It is one of Sheppard’s most thrilling and ambitious works. On the other hand, Christ rising again reflects Thomas Cranmer’s insistence on musical simplicity but demonstrates the genius with which Sheppard explores the limits of expressive power with only the most restricted means. The works are performed by the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge under the directorship of Andrew Nethsingha. One of the finest men and boys choirs in the world, it is known and loved by millions from its recordings, broadcasts, and concert tours. The choir has been a cornerstone of the great English choral tradition since the 1670s and is recognised for its distinctive, rich, and expressive sound.

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