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SIG 046

Tenebrae - The Dream of Herod

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

Nigel Short


Matthew Brook


Jeremy Filsell

organ

Natalie Clifton-Griffith

soprano

Chris Watson & John Bowley

Tenors

Tenebrae



Venue:

Church of St Bartholomew the Great

27-28 Aug 2001

Producer:

Adrian Peacock



Engineer:

Limo Hearn



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Choir




Total Time - 59:58
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PETER WISHART

1 

Alleluya

1:55
2 

O radix Jesse

1:02
 

HERBERT HOWELLS

3 

A spotless rose

3:38
 Matthew Brook
4 

Rorate coeli

6:01
5 

Of the Father's heart begotten

3:33
  arr. Willcocks  
6 

Ave Maria

0:33
 

PATRICK HADLEY

7 

I sing of a maiden

4:00
8 

Puer natus est nobis

1:19
 

ROBERT CHILCOTT

9 

A flower given to my daughter

3:01
  Chris Watson & John Bowley Tenors
 

FRANZ XAVER GRUBER

  arr. Rose  
10 

Silent night, holy night

4:25
 

TRADITIONAL

  arr. Willcocks  
11 

Sussex carol

1:44
 

WILLIAM J. KIRKPATRICK

  arr. Short  
12 

Away in a manger

4:17
 Natalie Clifton-Griffith soprano
13 

Adeste fideles

0:47
 

TRADITIONAL

  arr. Willcocks  
14 

O come all ye faithful

4:13
   
 

N. SHORT

 

The Dream of Herod

 
15 Herod's despair 3:02
16 The visit of the Magi 3:00
17 The chorus of the voiceless infants 2:15
18 The chorus of the parents of Judaea 2:49
19 Mary and Joseph appear to Herod 2:49
20 Jesus appears to Herod 5:35


Signum Records is proud to announce the launch of its first DVD disc which also marks the debut of  Tenebrae on the Signum Label.

The Dream of Herod features music for Advent, anthems for the Mother & Child, music for Christmas, and The Dream of Herod, a semi-dramatic contemporary work with a particular resonance at Christmas.

"Tenebrae is a professional choir, established by former King’s Singer Nigel Short to address the market for fine singing in fine buildings. Jacques Villeneuve and James Bowman are among the group’s patrons, testimony to Short’s networking powers. The conductor stresses the passion and precision generated by his singers ad the enjoyment comes from the inspired repertoire selection. Plainsong smoothly covers the joins between works such as Peter Wishart’s Alleluya, Hadley’s I sing of a maiden and Short and Richard McDonald’s effective The Dream of Herod."

Andrew Stewart

Classic FM Magazine - December 2002

"As for Christmas presents … one of most impressive offerings is The Dream of Herod – the recorded debut of the chamber choir Tenebrae. Under the direction of ex-King’s Singer Nigel Short they like performing by candlelight in resonant ecclesiastical spaces, mixing medieval chant with renaissance and contemporary choral works to create an ‘ethereal mood of contemplation’. They certainly create quite an impression here with short sequences of music for Advent, ‘Mother and Child’, Christmas, and a brand new semi-dramatic work The Dream of Herod composed by the conductor himself. Chant, popular carols, and twentieth-century anthems rub shoulders evocatively, and we hear just how close ‘O come all ye faithful’ is to the plainchant original – ‘Adeste Fideles’. Barry Rose’s arrangement of ‘Silent Night’ is exquisitely understated and throughout this programme the choir judiciously trade in seasonal sentimentality for singing of sincere simplicity. ‘Passion and Precision’ is their motto and it’s nowhere more potent than in the stark Dream of Herod in which the ancient villain, haunted by the genocide he has inflicted on his people, eventually finds redemption – a tale with plenty of contemporary resonance this Christmas."

International Record Review - December 2002



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