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Choir of Clare College

Song NameComposer
Stabat mater, motet for 8 voicesGiovanni Palestrina
Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51)Allegri
How Are the Mighty FallenRobert Ramsey
When David heard (O my son Absalom),Thomas Weelkes
Lamentations (of Jeremiah)Thomas Tallis
O vos omnesTomas Luis de Victoria
Nymphes des bois/Requiem aeternam/Deploration de la Mort de Jehan Ockeghem
O vos omnesTomas Luis de Victoria
Super flumina BabylonisGiovanni Palestrina
Absalon, Fili MiJosquin Desprez
Civitas sancti tui (also anthem 'Bow Thine ear, O Lord')William Byrd
When David Heard That Absalom Was Slain,Thomas Tomkins
Vox in RamaKirbye

Directed by Timothy Brown

This recording brings together music composed in a variety of contrasting yet complementary forms, from Gregorian chant to more elaborate, polyphonic music, set to words that explore the rawest human emotions, death, sin and repentance. The death of a loved one is a particularly distressing experience, and over the centuries composers have channeled their grief into their most moving and emotional works. In the 1850s Brahms composed the German Requiem after he lost his mother, and Fauré's Requiem was also composed after his mother died. Britten produced the imposingly bleak and Mahlerian Sinfonia da Requiem after the death of his parents. In this recording, the grief of Mary, the mother of Christ, is portrayed in Palestrina's masterful setting of the Stabat Mater, composed for Pope Gregory XIV. Another moving portrayal of grief is Weelkes's intimate depiction of the pain of David upon learning of his son Absalom's death, When David heard. Allegri's Miserere concerns the belief in a higher power and the submission to it. Set to Psalm 51, the work was recognized by its composer and the Vatican as being of such beauty that its publishing was forbidden. No score was to leave the Papal Chapel. The child Mozart was famously shown the score, and he copied it from memory in the 1770s and in effect released this remarkable work to the wider world.

Item code: 6195C | 1 CD | $9.95 add item to cart
Choral | Mixed | England

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