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CHAN 0401

Sheppard: Sacred Choral Works

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Andrew Nethsingha


Choir of St John's College, Cambridge



Venue:

St John's College Chapel, Cambridge



Producer:

Rachel Smith



Engineer:

Jonathan Cooper



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Choir




Total Time - 70:01
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JOHN SHEPPARD

(c. 1515-1558)
1 

Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria virgo

14:00
  Motet for six-part choir  
  John Clapham tenor  
2 

In pace, in idipsum dormiam

6:09
  Motet for four-part choir  
3 

The Lord's Prayer

3:01
  for five-part choir  
4 

In manus tuas, Domine

4:23
  Motet for four-part choir  
  Second setting  
  Guy Edmund-Jones tenor  
 

'Western Wynde' Mass

18:28  
  for four-part choir  
5 Gloria 4:03
  Guy Edmund-Jones tenor (intonation)  
  Samuel Oladeinde tenor (duet)  
  Geoffrey Clapham bass (duet)  
6 

Haec dies

2:34
  Chant  
  Geoffrey Clapham bass  
 

'Western Wynde' Mass

4:20  
  for four-part choir  
7 Credo 4:20
  Guy Edmund-Jones tenor  
8 Sanctus 3:10
9 Benedictus 1:50
10 Agnus Dei 5:03
   
11 

Christ rising again

3:48
  Anthem for four-part choir  
  Samuel Oladeinde tenor  
  Xavier Hetherington tenor  
  John Holland-Avery bass  
  Geoffrey Clapham bass  
12 

Spiritus Sanctus procedens

9:58
  Motet for six-part choir  
  Second setting  
  Kieran Brunt tenor  
13 

Aeterne rex altissime

4:24
  Motet for five-part choir  
  Samuel Oladeinde tenor  
14 

Libera nos, salva nos

3:18
  Motet for seven-part choir  
  First setting  
  Geoffrey Clapham bass  


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.

“…This selection by the all-male St John’s Choir is very welcome … well worth a hearing.” ***

Richard Lawrence – Early Music Today magazine – March-May 2014




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