Rubbra - Tenebrae Nocturns, Missa Cantuariensis, Motets | Coro COR16144

Rubbra - Tenebrae Nocturns, Missa Cantuariensis, Motets

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Label: Coro

Cat No: COR16144

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 2nd September 2016

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About

The distinctive style of Edmund Rubbra’s music is unmistakable – his love of counterpoint, his sense of tonality, and his clever working of melody make him stand out from many of his contemporaries. His writing, whilst harmonically challenging and vocally taxing, is also intensely personal and highly charged with emotion – at times mystical, at others seriously dramatic.

Though he is best-known for his orchestral works, choral music was a constant throughout his career, and a genre of particular importance to a composer of strong spiritual conviction.

In this beautiful new recording The Sixteen explores some of his little-known choral music including the extraordinary Tenebrae Nocturns and the Missa Cantuariensis with its fabulous double-choir writing.

This album also features the first recording of the Responses from the Missa Cantuariensis.

Reviews

Harry Christophers and the Sixteen make a convincing case for a reappraisal of [Rubbra’s] choral music. They leaven the sometimes bracingly austere Tenebrae Nocturns from 1951 and 1961 with the meltingly lovely Five Motets from 1934, a triptych of similar miniatures from 1952 and the spectacular 1945 double-choir Missa Cantuariensis. Each piece is sung with the purity and sincerity we have come to expect from one of the UK’s most treasured and respected vocal ensembles.  Stephen Pritchard
The Observer 11 September 2016

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