Haec Dies: Music for Easter | Harmonia Mundi HMU907655

Haec Dies: Music for Easter


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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMU907655

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 4th March 2016



The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and director Graham Ross continue their series of music for the church year with a sequence for Easter Day that spans five centuries and explores the rich tapestry of repertoire from across the European continent.

- Hymn at Lauds: Lassus - Aurora lucis rutilat
- Respond at Matins: Taverner - Dum transisset Sabbatum
- Introit at Mass: Resurrexi (plainchant); Scheidt - Surrexit Christus hodie; Vaughan Williams - ‘Easter’ from Five Mystical Songs
- Gradual at Mass: Haec dies (plainchant); Byrd - Haec dies; Matthew Martin - Haec dies*
- Sequence at Mass: Victimae paschali laudes (plainchant); Bassano - Dic nobis
- Offertory at Mass: Terra tremuit (plainchant); Palestrina: Terra tremuit
- Motets: Lassus - Surrexit pastor bonus; Michael Haller - Surrexit pastor bonus
- Communion at Mass: Byrd - Pascha nostrum; L'Heritier - Surrexit pastor bonus; Rachmaninov - Dnes’ spaseniye
- Anthems: Wesley - Blessed be the God and Father; Hadley - My beloved spake; Stanford - Ye choirs of new Jerusalem
- Magnificat at Vespers: Lassus - Magnificat octavi toni super ‘Aurora lucis rutilat’
* world premičre recording


Clare College Choir, founded in 1971, set the gold standard for mixed collegiate choirs and maintains its prowess in this disc of Easter music. Composers span five centuries, from Lassus and Taverner to Vaughan Williams, Patrick Hadley (1899-1973) and Matthew Martin (born 1976). Martin’s new setting of Haec dies, ear-catching and spirited, receives its world-premiere recording. Rachmaninov’s Dnes’ spaseniye (Today salvation has come), from his All-night Vigil, has a dark resonance, complemented by the full harmonies of Samuel Wesley’s Blessed be God and Father. Palestrina’s Terra tremuit sounds slightly out of kilter, but Dic nobis Maria by the Venetian Giovanni Bassano (1561-1617) goes with a real swing and might have been composed yesterday.  Fiona Maddocks
The Observer 20 March 2016

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