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    Threads of Gold II
    Music from the Golden Age | The Choir of York Minster | Robert Sharpe

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    Threads of Gold II
    Music from the Golden Age
    The Choir of York Minster
    Benjamin Morris
    organ
    directed by Robert Sharpe

    Alexander Armstrong's ClassicFM Album of the week 2nd August 2021

    "A real gem... this stunning album" Alexander Armstrong

    ‘Everything about this disc is distinguished, and it cannot be praised too highly.’ Early Music Review, August 2021‘

    ‘The resonant acoustic does not obscure the individual lines, nor the carefully enunciated text, and the subtle use of varied dynamics serves to shape the mass of sound.’  ★★★★ BBC Music November 2021

    ‘Robert Sharpe and his excellent choir approach each piece anew and with an audibly devotional spirit, their sound burnished by the luminous acoustics of the minster s Lady chapel; the intimacy of quiet passages is particularly impressive. ’ ★★★★ Choir and Organ October 2021

    ‘...recordings such as this have tended to be either hair-shirt- wearingly faithful or a supposedly contemporary interpretation. There is a new sound here, both beautifully blended and also a choir that sounds like the sum of its parts. Of course it helps that the recording is impeccable in its microphone placement, editing and balance... but it goes further than this. Somehow, the listener hears the music before its delivery - never sure, without thinking about it, whether it’s a large ensemble, small group or even soloist - so perfect is the musicianship.’ ★★★★Organists’ Review December 2021

    'With Robert Sharpe as their Director of Music, the choir is in remarkable fine form and a joy to hear in the 17 tracks on this new Regent album captured in a beautiful recorded sound from the Minster’s Lady Chapel’ Yorkshire Post 13 August 2021

    ‘... an excellent introduction to one of the most exciting periods in English music...’ Crossrhythms.co.uk

     

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    Captured in the warm and radiant acoustic of the Lady Chapel of York Minster, this wide-ranging survey traces the ‘threads of gold’ weaving through the development of sacred choral works from immediately before the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558–1603) to the early Jacobean period following – a period considered a Golden Age in English music.

    Ave Maria  Robert Parsons (c.1535–71) 5:07
    If ye love me Thomas Tallis (c.1505–85) 2:11
    Magnificat and Nunc dimittis octavi toni    Tallis
    i Magnificat     9:39
    ii Nunc dimittis     2:56
    See, see, the word is incarnate Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625) 6:01
    Sing joyfully
    William Byrd (c.1540–1623) 2:42
    Behold, I bring you glad tidings Gibbons 4:20
    Almighty and everlasting God Gibbons 2:17
    Behold, thou hast made my days  Gibbons 5:04
    Praise the Lord, O my soul    Thomas Tomkins (1572–1656) 3:37
    Ave verum corpus    Byrd 4:17
    Justorum animae     Byrd 2:28
    We praise thee, O Father  Gibbons 5:11
    O God, the proud are risen against me  Tomkins 3:45
    Almighty God, who by thy Son     Gibbons 3:30
    When David heard     Tomkins 4:40
    Peccantem me quotidie     Byrd 6:24

     

    Total playing time: 74:12

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