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SIG 134

Hymns, Psalms & Lamentations

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2009

Originally recorded in 2009




All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London

7-9 Aug 2008


Adrian Peacock


Andrew Mellor

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Total Time - 73:17
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Hymns, Psalms & Lamentations

1 Christe qui lux es et dies 3:58
2 Ad te levavi oculos meos 6:36
3 Exaudiat te, Dominus 9:23
4 Miserere mei, Deus 15:37
5 Christe qui lux es et dies (IV) 6:01
6 Domine quis habitabit (III) 6:49
7 Manus tuae fecerunt me 7:39
8 Lamentations (a6) 17:14
Robert White: Hymns, Psalm and Lamentations - Gallicantus

The early music ensemble Gallicantus was born within the ranks of the world-class choir Tenebrae, when five of the choir’s regulars, each with a wealth of experience in the world of consort singing, decided to form a separate group dedicated to renaissance music. Literally meaning Rooster Song or cock crow, Gallicantus is a word from monastic antiquity for the office held just before the dawn. It evokes the renewal of life offered by the coming day.

The group is bound by a shared love of communicating text, and is committed to creating performances which draw out unifying themes within apparently diverse repertoire: to this end they are as meticulous about providing context and insight for audiences as they are about crafting interpretations of the music they love.

"Luminous performances of sublime Tudor-period music."      "What an outstanding disc."

Ivan Moody

Gramophone - March 2010

"Gabriel Crouch’s group Gallicantus (eight male voices) sing on their first CD with a rapture and clarity made to measure for the Tudor church music of Robert White. Throughout the 16th century, White composed to mostly Latin texts: psalm motets, hymns, Lamentations settings, all sounding radiant in the warm and lively church acoustic. Taste the final amens in Exaudiat te, Dominus, where imitative exchanges spiral in ecstasy. Impassioned, exciting music."

Geoff Brown

The Times

"What better respite from the secular pressures of Christmas shopping than these sublime sacred sounds from the late 16th century. White’s Lamentations are not as famous as Tallis’s, but their plangent harmonies and clashing lines have an equal intensity. This impressive debut disc by Gallicantus (an all-male group from the Tenebrae choir) includes White’s motets and hymns, emphasising his response to the texts and his eloquent way with the single Hebrew letters that begin each Lamentation. The vocal balance is slightly bass-heavy, but the sound is beautifully recorded."

Nicholas Kenyon

The Observer

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