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A fantastic 4 cd box set featuring the finest choral musicians and singers of our generation. Festive hymns, soaring anthems and the restful sounds of timeless plainchant make this an essential collection for lovers of fine choral music.


Hymns for All Seasons
A selection of hymns for the church's year, from Advent to harvest festival, recorded in the churches and chapels of the city of Oxford and in some of the great cathedrals of England. A glorious celebration of an English tradition, with reminders of old favourites from times past, and some familiar and heart-warming tunes and words.


A Treasury of Saints - Glorious English choral music
Like the architecture of the great English cathedrals, this music soars to the heavens and lifts the spirits. A theme of sainthood threads through the programme and music for a Medieval or Renaissance mass provides a serene context for a series of extravagantly crafted motets by the greatest English composers of the age.


The calming voice of this music, which is a thousand years old and more, speaks to us through the ages and remains as fresh as the day it was first written. Let your imagination roam, let meditative thoughts begin, by imagining a darkened cathedral in winter, with monks dressed in warm habits singing in the candlelight. Or imagine the same scene on a summer's evening, the doors of the cathedral left open to allow the full evening sun to flood in. Perhaps you could find yourself in the countryside at dawn, the mist rising from the valley and the birds singing gently. Gregorian chant can be what you want it to be. Its universal sound allows the mind to listen and to be free. It gives the imagination opportunity to think itself out of normal everyday life into a special, spiritual world of calm and orderliness.


Music for Great Cathedrals
Choral music of the past - sounds of soaring voices reflect the architecture of Britain's medieval cathedrals, coloured by light from the late afternoon sun through a stained glass window.Soaring anthems and motets from the golden age of English choral music, by Byrd, Taverner, Gibbons, Tallis and others, composed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to be sung in the glorious acoustics of Britain's greatest cathedrals and churches.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lo he comes with clouds descending Advent
  2. Guide me O thou great redeemer
  3. Dear Lord and Father of Mankind - Magdala directed by David Skinner
  4. Of the father's love begotten Christmas - The Choir of New College, Oxford directed by Edward Higginbottom
  5. Lord Jesus think on me Lent - Magdala directed by David Skinner
  6. All glory laud and honour Palm Sunday - The Choir of All Saints Church, Margaret Street directed by Harry Bramma
  7. The day of resurrection Easter - The Choir of Gloucester Cathedral directed by David Briggs
  8. The strife is o'er, the battle done Easter - The Choir of Truro Cathedral directed by Andrew Nethsingha
  9. Come down o love divine Whitsuntide - Magdala directed by David Skinner
  10. We plough the fields and scatter Harvest
  11. Now thank we all our God Thanksgiving - The Victoria Singers conducted by Sarah Tenant-Flowers
  12. Awake my soul Morning
  13. For all thy saints Saints' Days - Magdala directed by David Skinner
  14. The old rugged cross
  15. Abide with me fast falls
  16. All through the night
  17. Now the day is over
  18. Nearer my God to thee
  19. Eternal father strong to save
  20. Onward Christian soldiers

Disc: 2

  1. Ave Maria - William Cornysh (d. 1502)
  2. Eterne laudis lilium - Robert Fayrfax (d. 1521)
  3. Nobilis, humilis - Anonymous
  4. Gloria laus - Anonymous
  5. Kyrie Orbis factor Sarum Plainchant
  6. Glorificamus - John Redford (d. 1547)
  7. Sanctus Henry V8 Agnus Dei - Anonymous (early 15th cent)9. Nesciens mater - Walter Lambe (d. after 1504)
  8. Mater Christi - John Taverner (d. 1545)
  9. Felix namque - Thomas Preston (d. after 1559)
  10. Ave cuius conceptio - Nicholas Ludford (d. 1557)

Disc: 3

  1. Rorate caeli desuper
  2. O sapientia
  3. Ave Maria4 Christe redemptor omnium
  4. Puer natus est nobis
  5. Viderunt, Omnes & Alleluia, Dies sanctificatius
  6. Verbum caro factum est
  7. Hodie Christus natus est
  8. Hosties Herodies
  9. Reges Tharsis
  10. Lumen ad relevationem gentium
  11. Adorna thalamum tuum
  12. Emendemus in melius
  13. Attende Domine
  14. Tibi Domine derelictus est pauper
  15. Vexilla regis prodeunt
  16. Nos autem gloriari oportet
  17. Ubi caritas
  18. Tenebrae factae sunt
  19. Ecce lignum crucis
  20. Victimae paschali laudes
  21. Salve, feste dies

Disc: 4

  1. Laudibus in Sanctis - William Byrd (1543-1623)
  2. Ave Verum Corpus - William Byrd
  3. Gloria in Excelsis - Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623)
  4. Agnus Dei - John Taverner (c.1490-1545)
  5. O Lord in Thy Wrath - Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
  6. Sing Joyfully - William Byrd
  7. Agnus Dei - Christopher Tye (c.1505-1572)
  8. Sanctus - John Taverner
  9. In Manus - Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)
  10. Magnificat - Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)
  11. Alleluia Thomas - Weelkes
  12. When David Heard - Thomas Weelkes
  13. O clap your hands - Orlando Gibbons

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