40: The Anniversary Collection. Album by The Sixteen

 
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40: The Anniversary Collection. Album by The Sixteen
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

[ Coro / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Friday 8 November 2019

Can it really be 40 years since a fledgling group of singers gave their first concert in May 1979? To celebrate this milestone, we have chosen 40 tracks which have defined this acclaimed ensemble over the last four decades and which display its incredible versatility, as well as the sheer range of music and styles it has covered.

Featuring music from the last 600 years and with personal recommendations from The Sixteen's members both past and present, as well as the longest-serving members of the administrative team, this beautifully packaged album promises to be the must-have collection for all fans of choral music.

'It's the ideal playlist for anyone wanting to sample the possibilities of choral music, wonderfully sung (and in some cases played, with the Orchestra of the Sixteen).' The Guardian

'This generous two-and-a-half-hour, 2 CD set has 40 tracks, one for each year of The Sixteen's lifespan, and drawn from some of their most celebrated recordings... This is best treated as a sampler, not only of what The Sixteen can do, but also what is out there in choral music.' Classic FM, (David Mellor's Album Reviews, 2 May 2019)

'40 favourite recordings from the extensive catalogue. The personally-written introductions to each track are a thoughtful touch.' BBC Music Magazine ★★★★

Tracks:

CD1
Saul, HWV 53: Act I, Scene I: How Excellent Thy Name
The Strathclyde Motets: O Radiant Dawn
Song of Songs: Surge amica mea
O Domine Jesu Christe
Remember Not, Lord, Our Offences, Z 50
Miserere (Evolution Version)
Vespers of 1610, SV 206: Deus in adiutorium meum intende
Salve Regina
Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God
The Deer's Cry
Lay a Garland
O nata lux
Haec dies
Bring Us, O Lord God
Coronation Anthem Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened, HWV 259: Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened
In manus tuas I
Ave Maria (Parsons)
Tota pulchra es
Requiem: Sanctus
Cantata 79, Gott der Herr ist Sonn' und Schild, BWV 79: Gott der Herr ist Sonn' und Schild

CD2
Symphony of Psalms: Part 1 - Exaudi orationem meam Domine
Mass for Double Choir: Sanctus and Benedictus
Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 : Kyrie eleison ii
Ave Maria (Palestrina)
Miserere Nostri
O Sing unto the Lord, Z 44: Symphony / O Sing unto the Lord
Messiah, HWV 56: Part I - And the Glory of the Lord Shall be Revealed
Cinq Rechants: I
The Gallant Weaver
Versa est in luctum
Mass in G, FP 89: Sanctus
Messa a quattro voci, SV 190 : Gloria
Herr, nun lassest du deinen Diener, SWV 432
Benedicto et claritas
Vesperae solennes de Confessore, K 339: Dixit Dominus
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: Balalulow
Adam Lay Ybounden
O magnum mysterium
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: This little Babe
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Part II - Your Voices Tune