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Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, Joseph Wicks - Vaughan Williams: Mass in G Minor (2018) [24/96]

Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, Joseph Wicks - Vaughan Williams: Mass in G Minor (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 67:22 minutes | 1.05 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Andrew Nethsingha and The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice with a new recording of choral works by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Many of the works were composed in the years immediately following the event, including O clap your hands, Lord, thou hast been our refuge and the Mass in G minor which leads the programme. Vaughan Williams turned his attention to liturgical music following his service as a wagon orderly during the Great War.
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge & Graham Ross - O lux beata Trinitas (2018)

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge & Graham Ross - O lux beata Trinitas (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 290 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 173 Mb | 01:14:54
Classical, Sacred | Label: Harmonia Mundi

Graham Ross concludes his exploration of music for the liturgical calendar with a programme focusing on the Holy Trinity, as reflected in music of the Russian and British traditions. From the works of the New Russian Choral School led by Tchaikovsky to more modern pieces such as those of Britten, with excursions into the Renaissance and contemporary creation, Graham Ross skilfully brings out the multiple correspondences between the choral traditions that have become established over the centuries around the mystery of the Trinity.
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge & Graham Ross - O lux beata Trinitas (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge & Graham Ross - O lux beata Trinitas (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 74:48 minutes | 1.17 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

A joyful Trinity: Graham Ross concludes his exploration of music for the liturgical calendar with a programme focusing on the Holy Trinity, as reflected in music of the Russian and British traditions. From the works of the New Russian Choral School led by Tchaikovsky to more modern pieces such as those of Britten, with excursions into the Renaissance and contemporary creation, Graham Ross skilfully brings out the multiple correspondences between the choral traditions that have become established over the centuries around the mystery of the Trinity.
Chamber Choir of Europe / Nicol Matt - Mendelssohn: Choral Works (Complete) (2002) (10 CDs Box Set)

Chamber Choir of Europe / Nicol Matt - Mendelssohn: Choral Works (Complete) (2002) (10 CDs Box Set)
EAC Rip | APE (Image+.cue, log) | 10 CDs, 09:29:45 min | Covers included | 2,32 Gb
Genre: Classical, Choral, Chamber Music / Label: Brilliant Classics

Of all the nearly forgotten music by Mendelssohn, the most nearly completely forgotten is his music for chorus. Only his songs come close to being as almost entirely ignored, but because a few of them have earned a place in the recital hall, even they have a more prominent place in the repertoire. This 10-disc Brilliant set of Mendelssohn's complete choral works featuring the Chamber Choir of Europe under Nicol Matt addresses this problem even though it may not solve it. The performances are uniformly excellent. The Choir has a smooth tone and superb diction and Matt elicits from them polished balanced and ardent interpretations.
The Choir of Westminster Abbey, Robert Quinney, James O'Donnell - Music from the reign of King James I (2001) (Repost)

The Choir of Westminster Abbey, Robert Quinney, James O'Donnell - Music from the reign of King James I (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 76:56 | 361 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67858

Westminster Abbey has been the focus of British royal occasions for centuries, and the early seventeenth century saw the most dazzling musicians of the age writing music for the Court in all its various incarnations. This fascinating disc presents a selection of works from the reign of King James I. The most celebrated name on this disc is that of Orlando Gibbons, and some of his most masterly works are presented on this CD.
Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, George Guest - Fauré, Duruflé: Requiem (1994) (Repost)

Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, George Guest - Fauré, Duruflé: Requiem (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 149:21 | 612 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Decca | Catalog: 426 486-2

Both Duruflé and Fauré wrote their Requiems for choir and organ first. The orchestrations were afterthoughts bending to the excesses of public appeal and publishers' demands, at least that's what I was taught in college. Both works can be wonderful with orchestra and on this CD, the consistently excellent St. Martin in the Fields gives a beautiful interpretation of the Fauré Requem with orchestra.
Stephen Cleobury & Choir of King's College, Cambridge - Byrd Motets (2018)

Stephen Cleobury & Choir of King's College, Cambridge - Byrd Motets (2018)
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 271 MB
Label: Choir of King's College, Cambridge | Tracks: 19 | Time: 56:02 min

The Motets of William Byrd form a remarkable compendium of Latin sacred music, all the more so for being the work of a dissident Catholic composer working in a staunchly Protestant environment. Dating from the second half of the sixteenth-century, a period of intense religious turmoil, the Motets were written for private use in clandestine Catholic households, and published in three collections during the reign of Elizabeth I (despite her official opposition) with two further compilations under James I.
Stephen Cleobury & Choir of King's College, Cambridge - Byrd Motets (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Stephen Cleobury & Choir of King's College, Cambridge - Byrd Motets (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 56:02 minutes | 997 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

The Motets of William Byrd form a remarkable compendium of Latin sacred music, all the more so for being the work of a dissident Catholic composer working in a staunchly Protestant environment. Dating from the second half of the sixteenth-century, a period of intense religious turmoil, the Motets were written for private use in clandestine Catholic households, and published in three collections during the reign of Elizabeth I (despite her official opposition) with two further compilations under James I.
Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, Bill Ives - Grayston Ives: Listen Sweet Dove (2006)

Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, Bill Ives - Grayston Ives: Listen Sweet Dove (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 65:35 | 266 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMU907420

Church musicians, especially of the Anglican/Episcopal persuasion, should be happy that there's at least one person out there writing first-rate, functional, and very accessible (in the best sense) anthems and service music–music that dedicated, competent choirs and organists can perform to a high standard. Some listeners may recognize Grayston Ives (nom de plume of Bill Ives) for his years (in the 1980s) with the King's Singers where he both sang and contributed as an arranger.
King's College Choir of Cambridge - Handel: Coronation Anthems (2001) (Repost)

King's College Choir of Cambridge, Academy of Ancient Music, Stephen Cleobury - Handel: Coronation Anthems (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 61:17 | 366 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 7243 5 57140 2 2

Handel's Coronation Anthems were written in 1727 for George II and Queen Caroline, and have been performed at every British coronation since that occasion. Zadok the Priest will be familiar from its use in the film The Madness of King George. Handel's arpeggiated suspensions in the strings build excitement from the outset, but the entrance of the choir and full orchestra is shattering beyond expectations.