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Sheppard: 'The Collected Vernacular Works, Vol V Benedictus'

Magazine article Gramophone

Sheppard: 'The Collected Vernacular Works, Vol V Benedictus'

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Sheppard

'The Collected Vernacular Works, Vol V Benedictus. Christ our Paschal Lamb. Christ rising again. Haste thee, oh God. I give you a new commandment. I will give thanks. The Lord's Prayer. Magnificat a 4. The man is bleste. Nunc dimittis. O God be merciful unto us, and bless us. O happy dames. A Poynte. Quia fecit. Te Deum laudamus. Venite. Versus--I; II; III

Academia Musica Choir / Aryan O Arji

Priory (F) PRCD1081 (62' * DDD)

Sheppard

Aeterne Rex altissime. Christ rising again.

Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria virgo. In manus tuas Domine. In pace in idipsum. Libera nos I. The Lord's Prayer. Mass The Western Wynde'. Spiritus Sanctus procedens II.

Choir of St John's College, Cambridge / Andrew Nethsingha

Chandos Chaconne (F) ** CHSA0401

John Sheppard's standing among modern commentators is mixed: David Wulstan's defence of him against his detractors (witheringly styled 'pundits') was a spirited piece of writing, on whichever side of the fence you sit. But it seems to me that Sheppard suffers when placed in direct comparison with his most prominent contemporaries (as in the Western Wynde Mass), and he also suffers more than most composers from what one might call the reverential and comforting evensong treatment: the well-known, idiosyncratic Libera nos, salva nos is a case in point.

Whether either of these recordings succeeds in setting the record straight is a moot point. Academia Musica select English-texted works and organ verses, modest but for the most part well-focused pieces in which Sheppard displays an agreeable facility. …

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