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'Poetry in Music'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Poetry in Music'

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'Poetry in Music' [G]

Britten Hymn to Saint Cecilia East When David heard Gurney Since I believe in God the Father Almighty WH Harris Bring us, 0 Lord God. Faire is the heaven Howells Take him, earth, for cherishing MacMillan The Gallant Weaver Pearsall Lay a garland Ramsey When David heard Rubbra Eternitie. There is a spirit Tippett Dance, clarion air Tomkins When David heard Weelkes When David heard The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

Coro [F] COR16134 (71' * DDD * T/t)

The glowing textures of Harris's classic anthem Faire is the heaven give way to an exuberant and rhythmically incisive account of Tippett's Dance, clarion air, while the direct, heartfelt expression of Weelkes's When David Heard is beautifully countered by the luminous, angelic wafting of high sopranos in MacMillan's The Gallant Weaver. Four tracks and less than 20 minutes into this disc it is clear that this is something really special.

That specialness comes not just from the fact that The Sixteen elevate everything they perform through their opulent musicality and supreme clarity of tone, but from Harry Christophers's intuitive grasp of the marriage of music and words in all 14 of these powerfully perceptive musical responses to beautifully crafted English texts. …

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