'Sacred Treasures of England'

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'Sacred Treasures of England'


Breen, Edward, Gramophone


'Sacred Treasures of England'

Byrd Ave verum corpus. Civitas sancti tui. Haec dies Parsons Ave Maria Philips Ave verum corpus. Ascendit Deus Sheppard Haec dies Tallis O nata lux. Salvator mundi Tye Missa Euge bone The London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir/Charles Cole Sony Classical (F) 88985 41636-2 (58' * DDD * T/t)

The London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir sing weekly in the generous acoustic of the Brompton Oratory and the music on this disc reflects their dedication to Tudor repertoire. The top line largely dictates their overall sound and in Tye's Missa Euge bone the trebles exhibit a bright, joyful grain with a slight tendency to sharpness that portrays lofty phrases as immediate and readily communicative. Coupled with the men's rich voices, they find great interest in the alternating upper--and lower-voiced textures that this Mass favours. In the Gloria there is a fabulous transition from calm, homophonic texture in 'Jesu Christe' to effusive, puppyish joy in 'Cum Sancto Spiritu ... Amen'. The disarming freshness of this performance is marred only by occasional mannered pronunciation: 'Sanctus' rhymes with 'horse'. …

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