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The Choir of New College Oxford
Directed by Edward Higginbottom
This recording celebrates the affinities bridging nearly 500 years of English music, and by placing works from the last years of the pre-Reformation side by side with those from the late-20th-century flowering of liturgical music, invites the listener to make connections across half a millennium.
attrib. Richard Pygott
2 Quid petis, O fili?
Alex Potter - alto; Paul French - tenor; David Stuart - bass
3 The Lamb
4 Come, Holy Ghost
Dominic Burnham, Jack Ellison - trebles; James Gilchrist - tenor
5 Gloria (Mass, 'The Western Wynde')
Jack Ellison - treble; Stephen Taylor - alto; William Unwin - tenor; Thomas Edwards - bass
6 A Hymn to the Mother of God
7 Ave cujus conceptio
8 Woefully arrayed
9 I love the Lord
Jack Ellison - treble; Stephen Taylor - alto; Benedict Linton - tenor
10 Libera nos
11 God is with us
Benedict Linton - tenor
12 Audivi vocem de caelo
13 The Tyger
Total Playing time: 66'00'' DDD
Recorded in the Chapel of Merton College Oxford, April 2001
Erato 0927 44657-2
"Higginbottom sets out to celebrate affinities between the last years of the pre-Reformation period and the late-20th-century blooming of devotional music. His programme works well as an illustration of this premise and, perhaps more importantly, as a coherent musical unit."
"The rich tone favoured by New College Choir here works exceptionally well with such liturgical showpieces as Giles Swayne's Magnificat and Jonathan Harvey's Come, Holy Ghost. This disc conveys spiritual values without a trace of soporific monotony. Unmissable."
Classic FM Magazine
"Following the tremendous success of the Gramophone award-winning Agnus Dei album, the Choir of New College Oxford under the musical direction of Edward Higginbottom...celebrate English choral polyphony over the last 500 years. In Excelsis is a deeply moving record that bridges the gap between ritualistic 16th-century composers like John Taverner and 20th-century minimalists like John Tavener and Giles Swayne"