This new compilation from The Sixteen brings together some of the finest works written for, and in celebration of, Monarchs and the Kingdom. Whether for magnificent state occasions or private devotion, the Kings and Queens of Great Britain have inspired and patronised some of our finest and most enduring music, from composers such as Turges in the 1400s and Britten in the twentieth century.
Included on this album are two of Handel’s glorious Coronation Anthems, written for the coronation of King George II, excerpts from Purcell’s music for Queen Mary, and the Sanctus from Robert Carver’s sumptuous Missa Dum Sacrum Mysterium which may well have been sung at the coronation of James V. Taking centre stage, however, is Tallis’s dazzling Sing and Glorify, the English setting of Spem in alium, which was adapted for King James I to honour his son Henry, the newly anointed Prince of Wales.
On display are centuries of superb compositions, taken from the current CORO catalogue, with the exception of one specially recorded track: William Byrd’s fabulous O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth our Queen to rejoice in thy strength.
".. the tiny but perfectly formed Thou know’st, Lord, an anthem so well known and loved by church choirs that it needs a performance as sublie as this to remind us of its manifest wonders. At the other endof the scale, Handel’s ighty coroation anthem Let thy hand be strengthened is, at a whisker under nine minutes, the longest item on the disc, and provides a suitably rousing conclusio to this welcome retrospective of The Sixteen’s recorded legacy. As ever, the disc comes with excellent booklet notes, here by Robin Tyson, who was also responsible for this elegant compilation."
Marc Rochester - International Record Review - June 2014
"...This CD would serve as a useful introduction to the Sixteen’s rich and varied discography ..."
D James Ross - Early Music Review - 160 - June 2014
**** - Excellent
Lorenzo Tozzi - Musica magazine (Italy) - May 2014