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CORO – 40 ÅRS JUBILEUM


The Sixteen ble grunnlagt av deres leder Harry Christopher i 1979. Ensemble feirer 40-årsjubileumet med en samleplate, ”40: The Anniversary Collection”, med et utvalg av favorittmusikk fra årene som har gått. Ensemblets sangere og instrumentalister fremfører musikk fra fem århundre, alt fra middelaldrens hymner til nyskrevet klassisk musikk, alltid med en smittende engagement, stor presisjon og perfekt intonasjon.

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Image Vivaldi: Gloria / Bach: Mass in G major
Vivaldi’s Gloria is one of sacred music’s most uplifting choral works and a joyful hymn of praise with moments ranging from festive brilliance to profound sadness. Composed in Venice, probably in 1715, for the choir of the Ospedale della Pietà, its wonderfully sunny nature and distinctive melodies and rhythms give it an immediate and universal appeal. Bach was a fierce admirer of Vivaldi’s work, and his extraordinarily inventive Mass in G major complements the Gloria perfectly. In 2018 The Sixteen’s Orchestral tour featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bach’s Mass in G Major will visit 10 towns and cities across the UK including London, Lincoln, Worcester, Chichester and Manchester.

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Image The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross
Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross is one of the most unusual and remarkable compositions of the Classical period. Originally commissioned for the Good Friday service at Oratorio de la Santa Cueva in Cádiz, Spain, it exists in four different versions. The version for string quartet, performed here by the brilliant Callino Quartet, is the form in which the music is most often heard today and has a particular purity and intimacy. Suffused with profound sorrow and grief but also with strength and hope, The Seven Last Words is a work so deeply moving and contemplative that it has impassioned listeners in all its forms for over 200 years and was considered by the composer himself to be one of his greatest masterpieces.

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Image Stabat Mater
Few living composers communicate with the emotional directness of Sir James MacMillan, and performances of his new Stabat mater are eagerly anticipated. The Sixteen gave the world premiere of this work at a series of concerts in October 2016 as well as recording the work for their own record label, CORO. For MacMillan, 'beauty is at the heart of our Christian faith' and the Stabat mater is sure to be profoundly shaped by his beliefs. But this is a work with deep roots and a universal message, a celebration of both tradition and radical renewal.

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Image Mass in G, Litanies à la vierge Noire & Motets
Francis Poulenc is considered one of the greatest melodists of the 20th century but it is his individual and immediately recognisable harmonic language that makes his music so distinctive. Often overlooked in his lifetime and in the years after his death, his sacred music was an expression of his more serious side and, following the death of his close friend, Pierre-Octave Ferroud, a re-awakening of his religious faith. The Sixteen’s new recording centres round the themes of conflict and atonement, reflecting both Poulenc’s intense internal struggles and the turbulence of life in France during the mid-20th century.

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Image Deer's Cry (The)
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

Whilst coming from very different eras, William Byrd and Arvo Pärt are both considered masters of sacred music despite having faced considerable persecution for their work. This programme presents six of William Byrd's works from the Cantiones Sacrae including the monumental Tribue, Domine, and the mighty eight-voice motet Ad Dominum cum tribularer. The three works by Arvo Pärt speak in his unmistakable voice, with its unique blend of ancient and modern, and include his mesmerising Nunc dimittis which is crafted in his bell-like 'tinitinnabuli' style.











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Image Star of Heaven
The Eton Choirbook is famous – and important – because it uniquely preserves some of the most spectacular music composed in Britain before the age of Purcell and Handel. Had this book not survived, literally dozens of superb pieces would have been irretrievably lost. Whilst the book itself is of huge historic significance, its legacy is immeasurable, informing and influencing scores of composers and performers for more than 500 years. This unique recording emphasises that legacy with the premiere of four new commissions by contemporary composers all inspired by the works from the Eton Choirbook alongside which they sit.

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Image Symphonies Nos. 49 & 87
The Handel and Haydn Society presents one of Haydn’s early Sturm und Drang (storm and stress) symphonies – No.49 in F minor, more commonly known as ‘La Passione’ because of its dark, brooding penitential adagio. Symphony No. 87, the last of the six masterly ‘Paris’ Symphonies, displays Haydn’s astonishing craftsmanship and, along with symphonies 82-86, were the first symphonies since the Sturm und Drang days. The Paris Symphonies blended an approachable and popular style with an inventiveness and broad emotional range that revealed new possibilities in what was still a relatively youthful genre. Completing the programme is Mozart’s elegiac and richly beautiful Sinfonia Concertante performed by H+H’s inspirational concertmaster, Aisslinn Nosky and viola player Max Mandel.

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Image A Renaissance Christmas
The Sixteen explores a stunning selection of festive works from the Renaissance capturing the joy and sincerity of this most wonderful of seasons. From the delightful simplicity of plainsong chants Resonemus laudibus and Veni, veni Emmanuel to the shining purity of Lassus’ polyphonic Videntes stellam Magi and Byrd’s jubilant This day Christ was born, this album provides a perfect alternative to traditional carols for those looking for something a little different at Christmas.

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Image Invictus: A Passion
Persecution of the innocent, malevolent authority exerting itself against ideas that threaten and challenge, the power of a peaceful, loving humility in the face of tyranny, the facing-down of fear; all hold profound universal resonance for people of many faiths and those of none. Such is the power of the Passion story, and in his new work, Invictus: A Passion, multi-award-winning composer Howard Goodall has found a route directly to people's hearts, telling the story afresh through his choice of thought provoking texts combined with heart-rending yet inspiring music.

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Image Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin, Vol. 4
Susanna Ogata, violin, and Ian Watson, fortepiano, join forces to record the complete Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin of Ludwig van Beethoven in four instalments. The Opus 12 Sonatas that are explored on this final volume are among the most Mozartian of the sonatas. They are, however, filled with Beethoven’s inimitable voice, from the assertive sonata No. 1, in the violin’s most brilliant and sonorous key of D major, to the pianistically brilliant No. 3 in E flat with its cascades of triplets and sextuplets. Unmistakably Beethoven!

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Image Royal Welcome Songs for King Charles II
Charles II’s formal Restoration in 1660 marked both an end and a beginning: the end of England’s republican experiment and the beginning of a long process of monarchical reconstruction; and with a politically accident-prone king on the throne, Charles’s public relations machine could never rest. Purcell joined its small team of composer operatives just as the wave of Stuart propaganda swelled massively, and he surfed the wave with breathtaking panache, from his first court ode – the simple but rousing Welcome, Vicegerent of the mighty King – to the ambitious Fly, bold rebellion involving verse settings in up to seven parts and a six-part chorus.

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Image Messa a quattro voci et salmi Volume II
Monteverdi’s sacred vocal compositions introduced the expression of powerful and personal emotions to the world of church music. Whilst it took him a number of years to find fulfilment in his work, Monteverdi was a revered composer within his lifetime and his music is regarded as revolutionary, marking the change from the Renaissance style to that of the Baroque. This album includes some of the finest works from Monteverdi’s years as director of music at St Mark’s in Venice, published posthumously in 1650 as the Messa a quattro voci et salmi.

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Image String Quartets Op 18 Nos. 1-3
Opus 18 needs little introduction as Beethoven’s supremely confident first step in total mastery of the Classical String Quartet. From the opening bars of Quartet No. 1 which bristle with curiosity and possibility to the wit and humour of Quartet No. 2 and the supressed energy and teasing harmonic uncertainty of Quartet No. 3, Opus 18 represents Beethoven’s only quartet contribution during his ‘first period’ and provides the listener with a tantalising glimpse of the extraordinary music that was to follow.

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Image Sacred and Profane
Over four centuries separate these two representatives of English music at its finest. William Cornysh and Benjamin Britten were prolific in both sacred and secular music. Cornysh is actually two people, often confused with one another and quite possibly father and son. The matter of telling which man wrote which works is impossible to settle, so for the purpose of this album they are linked as one. So whether it be the Elder or the Younger, we are fortunate that they not only excelled at writing complex and adventurous antiphons for the church but also beautiful secular songs for the Tudor court. For Britten writing in the 20th-century life was very different; he is a composer who encompassed so many facets of music excelling in opera, solo song and all manners of vocal and instrumental music. This album looks at the way these composers mixed sacred with secular. Whilst Cornysh’s sacred music is elaborate and rhythmically complicated, his secular music is simple yet subtly evocative. Britten makes constant demands on vocal artistry best displayed in the last work he ever wrote for unaccompanied voices, Sacred and Profane. In 2018 The Sixteen’s Choral Pilgrimage tour entitled ‘Sacred and Profane’ featuring music from Britten and Cornysh will visit 30 towns and cities across the UK including London, Oxford, Cambridge, York, Manchester, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

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Image Symphonies No. 26 & No. 86
Continuing their acclaimed live series on CORO, the Handel and Haydn Society presents one of Haydn’s early Sturm und Drang (storm and stress) symphonies – No. 26 in D minor. More commonly known as ‘Lamentatione’ because of its association with Easter week, Haydn incorporates an old plainsong chant of the Passion of Christ juxtaposing it against the furious opening theme. The later Paris Symphony No. 86, with its unusual "off-tonic" exposition, shows Haydn at his most inventive and expansive; richly scored it tests the performers’ skill and technique to the limit. Completing the programme is Mozart’s lively and vibrant Violin Concerto in G major performed by H+H’s inspirational Concertmaster, Aisslinn Nosky.

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Image Organ Works, Vol. 4
Featuring the mighty Prelude and Fugue in E minor – a work that disregarded all the trends of the time and displays Bach’s total individuality – and the unique Organ Concerto in D minor, this fourth volume of organ works from Robert Quinney demonstrates how the ritornello structure was central to Bach’s mature style. A selection of chorale-based pieces are also explored including the remarkable twelve-movement Partita on ‘Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig’.

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Image Deus, in nomine tuo
The fifth volume in this highly acclaimed series, conducted by The Sixteen’s Associate Conductor, Eamonn Dougan, celebrates the music of Polish composer Marcin Mielczewski. Together with Bartlomiej Pekiel, Mielczewski was amongst the most notable of 17th-century Polish composers and was recognised as a leader among his contemporaries. Influenced by the many Italian composers who graced the Polish courts in the 1600s, Mielczewski was a prolific composer. The cross-section of works recorded here shows an exceptionally accomplished musician at work, one whose music deserves a wider audience and who can confidently stand alongside the maestri who came before him and from whom he learnt his craft.

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Image Royal Welcome Songs for King James II
Despite being written for the celebration of royal occasions, Purcells Royal Welcome Songs were penned during a time of immense disillusionment with the monarchy. Filled with humour as well as an ironic detachment from the politics of the time, Ye tuneful muses and Sound the trumpet fizz with the dramatic energy which characterised his later operas and mark a crucial turning point in Purcells career. This programme showcases the variety and diversity of Purcells writing, opening with the Chacony in G minor, which is among the great glories of music for strings, and including When on my sick bed I languish - an amazingly impassioned piece in which he bares his soul...quintessential Purcell!

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Image Palestrina Volume 7
The Sixteen continues its exploration of Palestrina’s great art with the eagerly anticipated seventh album in the series which includes the Missa Ave Regina caelorum

Palestrina is perhaps the most famous of all Renaissance composers, certainly by name. By his death his reputation outshone all others. His musical legacy is prodigious even by the standards of the time - he wrote over 100 Masses - and he was the first Renaissance composer to have a complete edition of almost his whole output published in modern notation. Today some pieces are quite familiar, others less so, and much of his superb music is almost unknown. The seventh recording in The Sixteen’s celebrated series focuses on some of the pivotal women in Christian history - Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, St Barbara and Susannah.

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Image Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin, Vol. 3
Ian Watson and Susanna Ogata’s acclaimed series on CORO Connections continues with the third disc in their exploration of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin. Written at a time when the composer was struggling to come to terms with his growing deafness, the three Sonatas on this volume were published together in 1803 as his Opus 30 and provide a remarkable trilogy - a veritable collection of incredible variety and sophistication. The wide compositional range of this set demonstrates Beethoven’s prowess in creating bucolic, even humorous moments, contrasted with deep intensity, pathos and the truly sublime.

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Image The Salve morale e spirituale Collection (3 CD)
Without doubt, Monteverdi was the greatest of the early baroque composers. He revolutionised the music of the theatre and the church with his dramatic and imaginative use of voices and instruments and with his daring harmonies and rhythms. Next to his Vespers of 1610, the Selva morale e spirituale of 1641 is his most significant and virtuosic collection of sacred music. This boxed set, released to celebrate Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary, includes all three volumes of The Sixteen’s celebrated recordings of the anthology.

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Image Symphonies Nos. 8 & 84
In the third disc in their acclaimed series, Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society present a new live recording devoted to the master of the symphony – Joseph Haydn. This disc showcases Haydn’s Symphony No. 8 Le soir, which completes the trilogy written for Prince Paul Anton Esterházy. Also included is the later Symphony No. 84 which shows just how much Haydn’s symphonies had transformed from those early years. Not only is it an incredible fusion of grace, brilliance and warmth but it also contains one of the most striking wind band solos in all of his Paris symphonies. Completing the programme is the Violin Concerto in A major performed by H+H’s fiery and expressive Concertmaster, Aisslinn Nosky.

Handel and Haydn Society is America's oldest continuously operating arts organisation. Harry Christophers has been Artistic Director since 2008.

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Image Requiem
An exciting new collaboration between some of the UK’s most eminent musical ensembles sees Oxford’s Christ Church Cathedral Choir, one of the world's oldest and best-known cathedral choirs, joins forces with soloists from The Sixteen and Oxford Baroque on this new recording of Francesco Durante’s Requiem Mass in C minor.

Despite its enduring popularity in the 18th century this beautiful and majestic work was never published but survives through over 50 manuscript copies scattered across Europe. It is a remarkable work which can justly be described as one of the most important orchestral Requiem settings of the 18th century. This is the premiere recording of Stephen Darlington’s new edition of the work which shows Durante to be a composer of considerable skill and invention, who combined his mastery of counterpoint with an elegance of melody, a richness of harmony and an imaginative instinct for structure.

This album also features Durante’s exquisite Organ Concerto in B flat major - a rare example of an Italian keyboard concerto of the period - performed here by celebrated organist, Clive Driskill-Smith.

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Image Song of the Nativity
On this release, the Sixteen contrasts the dramatic intensity of music by some of today's most admired composers with such traditional and modern carols as Boris Ord's Adam Lay Ybounden and Henry Walford Davis' version of O Little Town of Bethlehem. Much-loved classics appear on this album along with many others that, with time, will become classics. Every work on this album captures the joy and sincerity of the most wonderful of seasons. The album provides a perfect peaceful and uplifting antidote to the hectic pre-Christmas rush.

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Image Edmund Rubbra
The music of British composer Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986) has an unmistakable style. His sense of tonality, his frequent use of counterpoint, and his clever melodies set his works apart from those of his contemporaries. While he is most remembered for his orchestral compositions, Rubbra also wrote choral music consistently throughout his career. For this release, The Sixteen explores some of Rubbra’s lesser-known choral works such as his Tenebrae Nocturns and his Missa Cantuariensis. “…exceptional works by Edmund Rubbra… The performances are beautiful and brilliant.” (New York Times)

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Image The Old Colony Collection
While the music of James Kent, Charles Avison, and Samuel Webbe have largely fallen into obscurity, two centuries ago these composers’ works were highly sought-after. This release aims to bring these carols back into the limelight. This diverse array of pieces include some that have never before been recorded. Harry Christopher writes: “With this recording we have returned to our grass roots- choral music…As well as being full of choruses from Handel and Haydn oratorios, it also contains verse anthems by composers such as Kent, Linley, and Chapple. There is some absolutely beautiful solo writing in these verse anthems and I do hope with this recording we bring them to life again.” “A flawless Creation… it’s an exceptional account of the oratorio from all points of view.” (BBC Music Magazine on Haydn: The Creation) “Carols include Morten Lauridsen’s sublime O magnum mysterium. It’s spectacularly sung here, five minutes of slowly unfolding bliss, beautifully controlled… The disc closes with Leontovich’s bracing Carol of the Bells, finishing with a resonant onomatopoeic “Bohm!” Glorious stuff.” (The Arts Desk on Joy to the World)

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Image Sonatas For Fortepiano & Violin, Vol. 2
Susanna Ogata, violin
Ian Watson, fortepiano

Susanna Ogata, violin, and Ian Watson, fortepiano, join forces to record the complete Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin of Ludwig van Beethoven in four instalments. The second CD in the series features Beethoven's tenth Sonata, Op. 96 in G major, as well as the exquisite ‘Spring’ Sonata, his fifth, Op. 24 in F major. Using period instruments for which the music was originally written, Watson and Ogata reveal not only the clarity of Beethoven’s extraordinary musical structure, but also the beauty and lyricism of these two particular sonatas.

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Image Helper And Protector
The Sixteen / Eamonn Dougan

The fourth volume in this highly acclaimed series, conducted by The Sixteen’s Associate Conductor, Eamonn Dougan, explores the music of Italian composers working in the Polish court during the reign of Sigismund III Vasa. In 1594 Sigismund III set about reorganising his music ensemble and he decided to bring in Italian musicians, singularly esteemed at that time, and, in particular, musicians associated with the music chapels of Rome. Amongst them were Luca Marenzio, Asprillo Pacelli, and Vincenzo Bertolusi; their arrival heralded a new dawn for sacred music in Poland. The centrepiece of this album is Marenzio’s exquisite Missa super Iniquos odio habui. The Kyrie and Gloria movements are known but the remaining parts of the Mass were feared lost following World War II, but were appropriated by the Soviets and have only been rediscovered since the fall of the Berlin Wall. This is the premiere recording of the complete Mass which is set alongside the motet Iniquos odio habui on which is is based. Also included are Pacelli’s joyous Beati estis and Bertolusi’s sublime Ave verum corpus.




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Image Messa A Quattro Voci Et Salmi, Vol. 1
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

Monteverdi’s sacred vocal compositions introduced the expression of powerful and personal emotions to the world of church music. Whilst it took him a number of years to find fulfilment in his work, Monteverdi was a revered composer within his lifetime and his music is regarded as revolutionary, marking the change from the Renaissance style to that of the Baroque. This album comprises some of the finest works from Monteverdi’s years as director of music at St Mark’s in Venice, published posthumously in 1650 as the Messa a quattro voci et salmi.

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Image Symphonies Nos. 7 & 83 & Violin Concerto
Aisslinn Nosky, violin
Handel and Haydn Society / Harry Christophers

In a programme packed full of great drama and theatricality, Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society present a new live recording devoted to the master of the symphony. This disc showcases Haydn's Symphony No. 7 Le midi which is amongst the most striking of his early symphonies and one of the very first the composer wrote as Kapellmeister to Prince Paul Anton Esterházy. It is set alongside the much later Paris Symphony No. 83 La poule, named as such because of its famous clucking dotted note motif. Completing the programme is the Violin Concerto in C major performed by H+H's fiery and expressive Concertmaster, Aisslinn Nosky.



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Image Complete Traditional Christmas Carols Collection (
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

Due to popular demand, CORO has packaged The Sixteen's two most popular Christmas titles into one double CD set. The ensemble's Traditional Christmas Carol Collections Volumes I and II feature some of our best-known and best-loved Christmas carols in arrangements with traditional harmonies and original words. Favourites include In the bleak midwinter, Silent night and See amid the winter's snow. There is also an abundance of festive music that deserves to be better known and The Sixteen includes some rediscovered treasures in this collection such as Masters in this Hall, Past three a clock and Gloucestershire Wassail.







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Image Organ Works Vol. 3
Robert Quinney (Metzler Organ of Trinity College, Cambridge)

Following two highly acclaimed recordings, CORO is delighted to be releasing its third album with one of The Sixteen Orchestra's principal members - organist Robert Quinney. This new album will be recorded at Trinity College, Cambridge, on the beautiful Metzler Organ, and will feature as its centrepiece the wonderful Einige Canonische Veränderungen über das Weynachts-Lied 'Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her' (BWV 769). These wonderful festive variations, which are full of passionate vitality and poetical feeling, are accompanied by a selection of preludes and fugues.



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Image Poetry in Music
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

Does music add substance to words or is music inspired by them? Songs of departure and farewell are deeply rooted in the great tradition of British choral music, nourished by ancient myths of testing journeys, wayside transformations and homecomings. The transcendent nature of music and the power of poetry to challenge and alter perceptions of reality - harnessed by English composers over many centuries - flow through a programme that invites contemplation of life and death, of love and loss, creation and eternity. In a journey covering six centuries of musical history, The Sixteen performs a cappella anthems with powerful texts by writers as varied as Edmund Spenser, Christopher Fry and W.H. Auden.







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Image Creation (The)
Sarah Tynan, soprano
Jeremy Ovenden, tenor
Matthew Brook, bass-baritone

Handel and Haydn Society / Harry Christophers

Inspired by Haydn's trips to England, where he first heard Handel's oratorios, The Creation is widely considered Haydn's crowning masterpiece. Set for three vocal soloists, four-part chorus, and a large Classical orchestra, there seems little doubt that Haydn wanted a big sound (by the standard of his day) for this work. Based on both the biblical Book of Genesis and Milton's Paradise Lost, the oratorio was premiered in the US by the Handel and Haydn Society in 1819. Harry Christophers says: "Haydn's music is always a joy to perform but with The Creation he excels himself allowing soloists, chorus and period orchestra to revel in vivid word painting, both vocal and instrumental. Can there be a more consistently happy work than The Creation? Feel free to smile at his genius."

Handel and Haydn Society is America's oldest continuously operating arts organisation. Its Bicentennial celebration began with the 2014-2015 Season and continues into the 2015-2016 Season. Harry Christophers has been Artistic Director since 2008.







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Image Sonatas for Fortepiano & Violin, Vol. 1
Susanna Ogata, violin
Ian Watson, fortepiano

Susanna Ogata and Ian Watson join forces to record the complete Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin of Ludwig van Beethoven in four instalments. The first CD features Beethoven's

Fourth Sonata, Op. 23 in A minor, as well as the revolutionary 'Kreutzer' Sonata, his ninth, Op. 47 in A major - a blazing landmark in violin virtuosity and classical music repertoire. His music and persona pushed the existing forms and instruments to their absolute limit. Using period instruments for which the music was originally written, Watson and Ogata reveal not only the clarity of Beethoven's extraordinary musical structure, but also an amazing palette of colours. In doing so, this duo aims to recreate the white-hot intensity of the moment these striking sonatas were written and first performed.







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Image Monteverdi in Mantua - The Genius of the Vespers
The BBC's celebrated Sacred Music journey continues with Monteverdi in Mantua - the story of a Renaissance duke and the composer who worked for him and how their volatile relationship would create one of the most revolutionary and beautiful collections of music ever published: The Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. The programme is presented by Shakespearean actor and former St Paul's Cathedral chorister, Simon Russell Beale, whose enthusiasm for choral music is matched by his gift for storytelling. Together with conductor Harry Christophers and his virtuoso choir The Sixteen, Simon explores Monteverdi's early career in Mantua, where he wrote the Vespers under the slave-like regime of Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga, a man addicted to sex, luxury and art. Using the remarkable legacy of 127 surviving letters, Monteverdi is revealed as the first of a new breed of dramatic composer, straddling the worlds of the secular and sacred, whose bold experiments would change the way music sounds forever.

A Special Edition version (COR16137) is also available which includes The Sixteen's audio recording of the Vespers of 1610.



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Image 1DVD+2CD-BOX: Monteverdi in Mantua - The Genius of
Single DVD / 2CD Set

The BBC's celebrated Sacred Music journey continues with Monteverdi in Mantua - the story of a Renaissance duke and the composer who worked for him and how their volatile relationship would create one of the most revolutionary and beautiful collections of music ever published: The Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. The programme is presented by Shakespearean actor and former St Paul's Cathedral chorister, Simon Russell Beale, whose enthusiasm for choral music is matched by his gift for storytelling. Together with conductor Harry Christophers and his virtuoso choir The Sixteen, Simon explores Monteverdi's early career in Mantua, where he wrote the Vespers under the slave-like regime of Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga, a man addicted to sex, luxury and art. Using the remarkable legacy of 127 surviving letters, Monteverdi is revealed as the first of a new breed of dramatic composer, straddling the worlds of the secular and sacred, whose bold experiments would change the way music sounds forever.

For those who already have the CD recording of the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, a documentary-only version of Monteverdi in Mantua (COR16131) is also available.



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Image Conductus funebris
The Sixteen / Eamonn Dougan

The third disc in The Sixteen's acclaimed series of Polish music, conducted by Associate Conductor, Eamonn Dougan, explores the work of Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki (1665-1734). Regarded as the outstanding Polish composer of the high baroque, Gorczycki studied in Prague and Vienna in his early years and returned to Kraków in 1690 where he took holy orders. He was appointed Magister capellae at Wawel Cathedral in 1698, a position he held until his death. Like his predecessor Bartlomiej Pekiel (COR16110), Gorczycki wrote in both stile antico and stile moderno; the works featured in this recording display his skill in both genres. The Missa Rorate shows his mastery of counterpoint and sensitivity to word-setting, as does Illuxit Sol in which Gorczycki revels in the rhetoric of the text, painting it with lush five-part string writing; Conductus Funebris, a four-movement work setting text from the Burial Service, marries his contrapuntal skills with a more emphatic, declamatory style, while in the Litania de Providentia Divinae, Gorczycki unleashes the full power of his invention as he paints the virtues of "Divine Providence" with a glowing palate of colours.









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Image Palestrina, Vol. 6
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

The Sixteen continues its acclaimed series of discs exploring the work of Italian Renaissance master, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. An enormous body of sacred works, including over 100 Masses, rightly earned Palestrina the title of 'the prince and father of music' and 'the saviour of church music'. His legacy has impacted sacred music worldwide for over 400 years and composers throughout the centuries have studied and learned from his gift of writing exquisite polyphony.

Central to this sixth disc is Palestrina's unjustly neglected 5-voice L'Homme armé Mass. Written before 1570, it is no mere technical showpiece, but contains music of the highest quality. It is accompanied on this disc by a group of penitential and devotional motets and Offertories on well known texts such as Parce mihi Domine, Si ambulavero in medio tribulationis, Tribulationes civitatem, De profundis, and Super flumina Babylonis, eliciting from Palestrina his best and most moving music. Three further Song of Songs motets in the Sixteen's ongoing complete survey complete the CD.









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Image The Indian Queen
Henry Purcell was a brilliant music dramatist and in The Indian Queen there is a plethora of detail, colour and characterisation to be explored in every symphony, air and dance. Purcell's instrumental writing leaps off the page with string writing that is second to none and a wealth of variety capped by exquisite writing for trumpet, oboes and recorders.Based on Dryden's play, Henry Purcell's music from The Indian Queen deals with the conflict between the Mexican and Peruvians and principally with Queen Zempoalla. The Indian Queen is a classic story of love and war and, as with all good stories, things don't go quite as planned for the eponymous Queen....There is so much exceptional vocal music to revel in but none better than the extraordinary recitative You twice ten hundred deities for the magician Ismeron which opens Act III, and was described by the historian Charles Burney as 'the best piece of recitative in our language'.Like Mozart and Schubert, Henry Purcell lived all too short a life - he lived just over 30 years - and for that reason it was left to his brother Daniel to complete The Indian Queen. Daniel was no Henry but his final Hymeneal masque allows a little light relief. Act V, which was the last music that Henry wrote, is a perfect Didoesque ending to The Indian Queen proper and just proves how we as music lovers suffer when these geniuses die young.



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Image Flight of Angels
The Sixteen takes a trip back to 16th-century Spain and more specifically to one of the biggest, richest and most cosmopolitan cities on earth - Seville. It was during this 'golden age', when arts and culture flourished, that Francisco Guerrero and Alonso Lobo made their mark. Between them these two composers captured an astonishing variety of moods within their music, from ecstasy and joy to despair, longing and devotional stillness.



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Image Vespers
Although Monteverdi 1610 actually hoping with the release of Vespers on a job at the Vatican, it was for him eventually to the door strike a similarly prestigious post: conductor at the Basilica San Marco in Venice. Those responsible in the lagoon city is likely to have particularly impressed the linking of traditional counterpoint with the new concerto style, which makes the plant one of the most fascinating creations of the Master. Harry Christophers and The Sixteen submit a brilliant new recording here, both offering a version in high and low pitch in the controversial case of the Lauda Jerusalem and the Magnificat. Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 is quite simply one of the greatest works of sacred music ever written and without doubt the most VARIED and inspired Handel and Bach began composing before Their oratorios and passions. Where it written what, why and who it written what it written for what are immaterial Actually suffice it to say it was quite simply his calling card for the big job, choirmaster at the Basilica of St Mark resplendent in Venice. Its variety alone makes it unique thrilling psalm settings with virtuosic writing for Both multi-part choir and instrumentalists to exotic and sensual settings of texts from the Song of Songs for solo voices. Every movement is full of luscious harmonies, drama and musical language of evocative Which is so beautifully Constructed for all of concerned. Harry Christophers



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Image The Blossoming Vine
Eamonn Dougan draws rich sounds from the Sixteen. Dum esset rex is sumptious, scored for 20 voices in five choirs, with a daunting vocal range. The Sixteen respond magnificently : basses plummet while sopranos soar into the stratosphere in a swirl of all- embracing sound. Performance ***** Recording ***** BBC MUSIC CHORAL AND SONG CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine, Aug'14Monumental architecture and athletic polychoral energy with a sensuousness born of the text, lavishing the poets beloved with every possible musical caress. --Gramophone, Aug'14



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Image Messiah
The Handel & Haydn Society in Boston is one of the oldest concert associations in North America. Founded in 1815, they worried about the American premieres of Handel's Messiah (1818), Haydn's The Creation (1819), and Bach's St. Matthew Passion (1879). In 1986, the recently deceased Christopher Hogwood took over as artistic director, prescribed to be henceforth the historically informed performance practice. Since 2008, Harry Christophers is the artistic director. The recording of Handel's Messiah marks the start of celebrations for the 200th anniversary of Handel & Haydn Society, which can look back at this piece by the way since 1854 to an annual performance tradition.



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Image Lutheran Masses Volume II
Despite their exquisite beauty, featuring splendid choruses and deeply moving arias, there are relatively few recordings of Bach's Lutheran Masses. On this second disc, which completes The Sixteen's mini-series, the orchestra is joined by just eight singers to perform the Masses, allowing the beauty of the virtuosic vocal lines to be heard with absolute clarity.

Sometimes called 'Missa brevis', the Lutheran Masses feature almost no Lutheran material at all. Musically, they are almost entirely made up of movements borrowed from Bach's Cantatas and their beauty is in the fact that they represent the composer's own choice of his finest Cantata movements.

It is 20 years since The Sixteen last recorded such a wealth of Bach's music, making this a uniquely exciting project. Volume I was released in October 2013.



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Image Music of the Kingdom
This new compilation from The Sixteen brings together some of the finest works written for, and in celebration of, Monarchs and the Kingdom. From Turges in the 1400s to Britten in the 20th century, whether for magnificent state occasions or private devotion, the Kings and Queens of Great Britain have inspired and patronized some of our finest and most enduring music.

Included on this disc are two of Handel's glorious Coronation Anthems written for the coronation of King George II; excerpts from Purcell's music for Queen Mary; and the Sanctus from Robert Carver's sumptuous Missa Dum Sacrum Mysterium which may well have been sung at the coronation of James V. Taking centre-stage however, is Tallis's dazzling Sing and glorify - the English setting of Spem in alium which was adapted for King James I to honour his son Henry, the newly-anointed Prince of Wales.

On display are centuries of superb compositions from the CORO catalogue of recordings made so far, with the exception of one specially recorded track: William Byrd's fabulous O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth.



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Image Voice of the Turtle Dove
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Image Ave Maria
The Sixteen
Eamonn Dougan

GRAMOPHONE CHOICE DISC FOR SEPTEMBER 2013

Bartlomiej Pekiel was one of the most eminent Polish composers of choral music of the 17th century. He served at the court in Warsaw from around 1633 and was assistant to Marco Scacchi at the Chapel Royal in Warsaw before becoming Kapellmeister himself from 1645-1655 - the first non-Italian to hold the post. He then moved to Wawel Cathedral in Krakow where he wrote for the Rorantist vocal ensemble.

Just 29 of his compositions survive today and on this new album by The Sixteen under the direction of Associate Conductor, Eamonn Dougan, we present 11 of his works for choir and orchestra including the Missa Concertata La Lombardesca resplendent with double choir, violins and trombones, and the extraordinary and dramatic Audite mortales.

In this recording dedicated solely to his works, Pekiel shows himself to be a skilled craftsman, mastering the techniques taught by the Italian maestri, but also imbuing his works with his own particular harmonic colour in all the varied styles he writes in.



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Image Organ Works
Robert Quinney, organ

Continuing its work with the rising stars of the early music world, CORO is delighted to be releasing its second recording with one of The Sixteen Orchestra's principal members - Robert Quinney.

This new album, which was recorded at Trinity College, Cambridge, on the beautiful Metzler Organ, features a number of virtuosic works from Bach's early years including one of the most famous pieces of organ music in the repertory - the Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565). The disc also includes the Toccata and Fugue in F (BWV 540) and the Passacaglia (BWV 582) - one of Bach's most well-known and important organ works. Robert Schumann described the variations of Passacaglia as 'intertwined so ingeniously that one can never cease to be amazed.'



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Image Symphonies Nos. 6 & 82
Handel and Haydn Society
Harry Christophers, conductor
Aisslinn Nosky, violin

In Harry Christophers' expert hands, Haydn comes to life in the first in a series of new live recordings from the Handel and Haydn Society.

This disc showcases one of Haydn's Paris Symphonies, No. 82 L'ours, a festive and jubilant work commissioned by a Parisian orchestra in the 1780s, as well as one of his earlier symphonies, No. 6 Le matin, which is characterised by unusual virtuoso writing across the orchestral ensemble. Completing the disc is Haydn's Violin Concerto in G major performed by Handel and Haydn's fiery and expressive Concertmaster, Aisslinn Nosky, who makes her solo debut on the CORO label.



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Image Palestrina, Vol. 4
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers

A towering figure in Renaissance polyphony, Palestrina is arguably one of the greatest composers of liturgical music of all time. Harry Christophers and The Sixteen continue their exploration of his work with the fourth disc in their celebrated series.

This album features a selection of Palestrina's music for Christmas including his largely unknown masterpiece, the Missa O magnum mysterium. Also presented is the unusual hymn A solis ortu cardine-a setting of a chant hymn for Christmas morning. Among composers, Palestrina is unusual in setting this hymn for Lauds on the Feast of Nativity. Most composers reserved their efforts for the more important celebrations of Vespers. The text, written by Caelius Sedulius, is itself unusual in that the verses begin with successive letters of the alphabet.

Alongside the hymns are motets from the Song of Songs. The Song of Songs are among some of Palestrina's most sublime and expressive works and, as with previous disc in the series, this album includes three of them. Dedicated to Pope Gregory XIII, Palestrina's style of writing for these sensual texts demonstrates what variety and intensity of feeling can be conveyed with the simplest of means.

Completing this recording are three double-choir motets (a genre in which Palestrina was unsurpassed), Ave Regina, Iubilate Deo and Surge illuminare.




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Image Lutherian Masses, Vol. 1
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers

It is with great delight that we announce the first release of two new recordings of J.S. Bach's Lutheran Masses.

Bach was a Lutheran church musician devoted to the composition of sacred music in German. He wrote more than 200 cantatas for the liturgy, most of them in Leipzig. Despite their name, the four Lutheran Masses feature almost no Lutheran material. Sometimes called 'Missa brevis', musically they are almost entirely made up of movements borrowed from Bach's Cantatas but, while they are often overshadowed by the more famous Mass in B minor, the beauty of these short Masses is that they represent Bach's own choice of his finest Cantata movements.

Despite their exquisite beauty, featuring splendid choruses and deeply moving arias, there are relatively few recordings of the Lutheran Masses. On this new collection just eight singers from The Sixteen perform the Masses allowing the beauty of the virtuosic vocal lines to be heard with absolute clarity.



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Image Joy to the World - An American Christmas
CORO is delighted to announce the first 'studio' recording with the Handel and Haydn Society. The disc, which is a co-production with WGBH and was recorded at their studios in Boston in January, will feature an eclectic selection of Christmas music including traditional carols using American tunes and Christmas motets by Charles Ives and contemporary American composer, James Bassi. The disc also features two carols by the 'father of American choral music', Bostonian William Billings, and the popular Carol of the Bells by Ukranian composer Mykola Leontovich with its instantly recognisable four-note ostinato motif. Boston's internationally acclaimed Handel and Haydn Society was founded in 1815 and is considered the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the U.S. It has given the American premieres of major works by Handel, Bach and Haydn and has won a Grammy Award. It will celebrate its Bicentennial in 2015.



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Image Selva morale e spirituale, Vol. 3
Harry Christophers & The Sixteen

Without doubt, Monteverdi was the greatest of the early baroque European composers. He revolutionised the music of the theatre and the church by his dramatic and imaginative use of voices and instruments and by his daring harmonies and rhythms. Next to his Vespers of 1610, the Selva morale e spirituale of 1641 is his most significant and virtuosic collection of sacred music. Monteverdi stretches every singer's versatility to the limit in this demanding but exhilarating music. Included on this final volume are the eight part Magnificat (Primo) - one of the most impressive of all Monteverdi's settings with the added richness of doubling strings; the old style Credidi and Memento featuring the full choir; and the exquisitely beautiful soprano solo, Pianto della Madonna 'Iam moriar, mi fili', performed here by Grace Davidson.

"These are some of the most spirited and individual performances of this repertory available." BBC Music Magazine on Vol.I
"There are subtleties and shades in the overall ensemble's interactions, but there is no shortage of splendour unleashed in the magnificent passages of the virtuosic eight-part Dixit Dominus."
Gramophone on Vol.I

"There is a sense of deep familiarity with the music in this recording, a feeling of easiness with Monteverdi's harmonic and, especially, rhythmic vocabulary that lends a tripping lightness to the performances..." International Record Review on Vol.II



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Image An Immortal Legacy
Harry Christophers & The Sixteen

16th century England was a place of much religious change. It was a dangerous and confusing time and it is testament to their incredible skill and musical mastery that composers like Tallis and Byrd were able to produce such magnificent works in such troubled times. Their music left a lasting legacy, influencing some of our most celebrated 20th- and 21st-century composers and surviving over half a millennium to be performed as widely today as they have ever been.

This disc features some of the best-loved classics of Tudor and Jacobean church music together with madrigals by Tallis, Byrd and Gibbons. They are performed alongside pieces by Britten, Tippett and MacMillan including the Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time and the Choral Dances from Gloriana. The Sixteen has performed this repertoire around the world over the last six years and is one of the ensemble's most popular concert programmes.

"Let these glorious sounds fill your ears and lift your spirits." GRAMOPHONE
"Outstanding...astonishing stylistic and expressive range." BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
"One of the finest choirs of our day." GRAMOPHONE

TALLIS Tunes for Archbishop Parker's Psalter
TALLIS Salvator mundi
MORLEY April is in my mistress' face
GIBBONS The Silver Swan
BYRD This sweet and merry month of May
MACMILLAN Sedebit Dominum Rex
TIPPETT Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time
TALLIS O nata lux
TALLIS O sacrum convivium
TALLIS Loquebantur variis linguis
MACMILLAN Mitte manum tuam
BYRD Laudibus in sanctis
BRITTEN Choral Dances from Gloriana
TALLIS "Ordinal" - Come Holy Ghost
CHILCOTT Tallis Canon




kr 95 (kr 159)
Image THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN BOX SET
kr 191 (kr 318)
Image 3CD-BOX: The Britten Collection
The Sixteen & Harry Christophers

This superb collection, released in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Britten's birth, features all three of The Sixteen's celebrated Britten recordings.

Arguably the most famous British composer of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten possessed a formidable talent and distinctive style. His remarkable career spanned over 40 years and this collection of choral works features a fascinating selection of music from throughout his life.

Works include Hymn to the Virgin, a piece originally conceived during his school days; A Boy was Born which first brought him to the public's attention; the much-loved A Ceremony of Carols - a masterpiece composed on board ship as Britten returned to England from the USA in 1942; and the Choral Dances from 'Gloriana' with tenor soloist Ian Partridge.

A Ceremony of Carols won a coveted Deutsche Schallplattenkritik when first released.

"A disc of exceptional quality, reinforcing The Sixteen's reputation as one of the finest choirs of our day." Gramophone

"The Sixteen perform Britten's virtuosic masterpiece with fearsome accuracy and a luxurious sound." Classic FM Magazine

"Britten's mastery for writing for unaccompanied chorus is here demonstrated in fine performances..." BBC Music Magazine

A Hymn to the Virgin
Rejoice in the Lamb
Hymn to Saint Cecilia
A Boy was Born
A Ceremony of Carols
Choral Dances from 'Gloriana'
Five Flower Songs
Sacred and Profane




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Image Palestrina, Vol. 3
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

A towering figure in Renaissance polyphony, Palestrina is arguably one of the greatest composers of Liturgical music of all time. Harry Christophers and The Sixteen continue their exploration of his work with a disc of music for the Easter period.

Many of the works on this new recording celebrate the joyful part of Easter - the Resurrection - and the central mass on this disc is the wonderfully inspired Missa Regina caeli. The Mass is based on the well-known, immediately recognisable, plainchant Antiphon Regina caeli and the recording also includes the 8-voice motet of the same name.

As with volumes 1 and 2 this disc also includes three of Palestrina's settings of the Song of Songs alongside three offertories for the Easter period and the hymn Ad caenam agni providi.

This disc would not be complete, however, without the exquisite 8-voice Stabat Mater - possibly Palestrina's most famous piece in current times and a work that emphasises the other side of the Easter story - the agony and pain of the Crucifixion.



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Image Selva morale e spirituale, Vol. 2
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

Without doubt, Monteverdi was the greatest of the early baroque European composers. He revolutionised the music of the theatre and the church by his dramatic and imaginative use of voices and instruments and by his daring harmonies and rhythms. Next to his Vespers of 1610, the Selva morale e spirituale of 1641 is his most significant and virtuosic collection of sacred music. This second volume of The Sixteen's celebrated series includes the Messa à 4 da cappella.




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Image Great European Choral Works
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

Since they were founded in 1979 Harry Christophers and The Sixteen have recorded over 100 discs of choral music spanning 600 years. On this new collection, CORO presents a selection of their most celebrated recordings of music by composers from across Europe.

This disc features music from over a dozen composers representing ten countries from Palestrina's Assumpta Est Maria and Monteverdi's Beatus Vir to excerpts from Poulenc's Sept Répons des Ténèbrae and Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir. This disc provides a superb collection of works from some of Europe's most celebrated composers and, alongside the first disc in this set, Great British Choral Works, is the perfect introduction to The Sixteen's wonderful music.

"let these glorious sounds fill your ears and lift your spirits." Gramophone

"outstanding...astonishing stylistic and expressive range."
BBC Music Magazine

"one of the finest choirs of our day."
Gramophone






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Image Saul
GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE / RECORDING OF THE MONTH

"Sarah Connolly's "O Lord, whose mercies numberless" is as quietly rapturous as anyone other than the enraged Saul could desire."..."Christopher Purves charms, broods, fumes implacably, plots villainously and confronts his doom vividly in the manner of a Shakespearean tragedian."..."The Sixteen's first-class account of Saul is magnificent in every way"
(Gramophone)

Christopher Purves - Saul
Sarah Connolly - David
Robert Murray - Jonathan
Elizabeth Atherton - Merab
Joélle Harvey - Michal
Mark Dobell - High Priest
Jeremy Budd - Witch of Endor
Stuart Young - Ghost of Samuel
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

This brand new recording of Handel's monumental oratorio, Saul, features a stellar cast of soloists including Christopher Purves and Sarah Connolly.

Renowned for their Handel interpretations, Harry Christophers and his award-winning choir, The Sixteen, add to their glittering catalogue of Handel discs with this new recording of Saul.

In his biblical oratorio, Saul, Handel wrote an epic work of great and noble drama and of thrilling musical inventiveness. Saul represents Handel's first proper foray into oratorio and it is a masterpiece full of great and magical moments. It is bursting with exceptional music, extraordinary orchestration (replete with trombones, deep-sounding drum and perky carillon), extended choruses both profound and ebullient, symphonies, concerto movements for organ, recitatives which explore the varying moods of the characters, and the most stunning arias.

In Saul Handel gifted soloists with roles of vivid characterisation and the artists on this disc are some of the finest Handelian interpreters of today including Christopher Purves - a baritone whose talent for dramatic realisation is matched by superb musical craftsmanship - and Sarah Connolly - whose intensely radiant performance of David on this CD confirms her status as one of our most sought-after Handel performers.

Both Christopher and Sarah sang with The Sixteen at the start of their careers, and Sarah released her first solo album Heroes and Heroines on CORO, and so it is with great pride that we welcome them back for this recording. Robert Murray, Elizabeth Atherton and Joélle Harvey along with Sixteen regulars, Mark Dobell, Jeremy Budd and Stuart Young, complete the stellar line-up of soloists on this new recording.




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Image Coronation Mass
Teresa Wakim, soprano
Paula Murrihy, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Cooley, tenor
Sumner Thompson, baritone
Handel and Haydn Society / Harry Christophers

Following the success of the Mozart Mass in C minor and Requiem releases, CORO is delighted to announce its third recording with Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society. Soloists Teresa Wakim, Paula Murrihy, Thomas Cooley, Sumner Thompson joined Harry and the Society to record Mozart's Coronation Mass live at Boston's Symphony Hall earlier this year.

Mozart's Mass in C major is one of his most popular and enduring works. Known as the 'Coronation Mass' - a nickname it acquired following a performance conducted by Antonio Salieri in 1791 in Prague at the coronation of Leopold II as King of Bohemia - it includes the beautifully tender Agnus Dei. Alongside the Mass on this CD are Mozart's soprano solo Exsultate, jubilate, beautifully performed by Teresa Wakim, and Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 85, which was a favourite of Marie Antoinette, leading to the name 'La Reine', by which it is still known today.

Harry Christophers was appointed Artistic Director of Boston's internationally acclaimed Handel and Haydn Society in 2008. Founded in 1815, the Society is considered the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the U.S. and has given the American premieres of major works by Handel, Bach and Haydn, has won a Grammy Award, and will celebrate its Bicentennial in 2015.

"Onstage, Christophers has what it takes to inspire the Society's fine musicians."
(The Wall Street Journal)

"A Requiem full of life...with Harry Christopher and the Handel and Haydn Society, Mozart's final masterpiece has never sounded so exciting."
(Classic FM Magazine on COR16093: Mozart Requiem)




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Image Palestrina, Vol. 2
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

Following the success of the first volume in their Palestrina series which won the International Classical Music Award for Early Music, Harry Christophers and The Sixteen release the second recording in the series which has a Christmas theme.

Palestrina was born in 1525 not far from Rome, in the town whose name he bore and from which we take the cover images for this series of discs.

Possibly the greatest composer of liturgical music of all time, Palestrina was a towering figure in Renaissance polyphony. Choral singers world-wide will know his Missa Papae Marcelli (recorded by The Sixteen on COR16014) as, without doubt, it is the most renowned of Palestrina's works and possibly the most famous mass of all time.

Each volume in this series is based around a single mass and theme relevant to that mass, in this case the Nativity and the festive Motet and Mass Hodie Christus Natus Est. The mass features alongside some of his settings of the Song of Songs as well as the Magnificat Quinti toni and Motet O magnum mysterium.




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Image Royal Manuscripts - The Genius of Illumination
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers
The Hilliard Ensemble

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination - the British Library's first major exhibition to bring together the Library's Royal collection, a treasure trove of illuminated manuscripts from between the 9th and 16th centuries collected by the kings and queens of England.

The exhibition, which ran from November 2011 to March 2012, featured stunning manuscripts that are among the most outstanding examples of royal decorative and figurative painting from this era surviving in Britain today. They unlock the secrets of the private lives and public personae of the royals throughout the Middle Ages and provide the most vivid surviving source for understanding royal identity.

Created especially to accompany the exhibition, this disc features works from the Eton Choirbook alongside fascinating pieces from medieval and Renaissance France, equally preserved in beautifully illuminated collections of manuscripts.

"Vibrant performances...The Sixteen continues to explore the astonishing riches of the Eton Choirbook with undiminished enthusiasm and imagination."
Gramophone on the Eton Choirbook

"It wasn't until The Sixteen championed it that this sublime music found its way back into regular performances and the consciousness of the common listener."
The New York Times





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Image 5CD-BOX: The Italian Collection
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

Featuring five of The Sixteen's most celebrated recordings, The Italian Collection is a sumptuous anthology of music. From Allegri's hauntingly beautiful Miserere to the virtuosity, vibrant colour and dynamic energy of Handel's Dixit Dominus, this collection spans three centuries of glorious Italian choral music.

Little-know treasures such as Anerio's glorious 12-part setting of the Stabat Mater sit side by side with Palestrina's Assumpta Est Maria and Lotti's Crucifixus. 14 different composers are represented here and they worked for some of the most splendid musical establishments Italy had to offer including St Mark's in Venice and the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

A beautifully packaged set, which compliments perfectly The Sixteen's newest series of Palestrina CDs on CORO.

Scarlatti Iste Confessor (COR16003)
Domenico Scarlatti

Allegri Miserere (COR16014)
Allegri, Palestrina, Lotti

Music from the Sistine Chapel (COR16047)
Palestrina, Allegri, Anerio, Marenzio

Venetian Treasures (COR16053)
Gabrieli, Caldara, Monteverdi, Cavalli

Handel: Dixit Dominus
Steffani: Stabat Mater
(COR16076)






kr 239 (kr 399)
Image Sacred Music - God's Composer
Sacred Music Documentary on the life and music of Tomas Luis de Victoria



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Image Palestrina, Vol. 1
Harry Christophers / The Sixteen

The Sixteen's first CD devoted to Palestrina will mark the start of a new series of discs featuring some of the composer's greatest choral works.

2011 sees the first recording by The Sixteen devoted entirely to Palestrina. The disc marks the start of a new project which will result in a series of new recordings exploring a selection of the composer's vast output, and a Choral Pilgrimage tour.

Palestrina was born in 1525 not far from Rome, in the town whose name he bore and from which we take the cover images for this new series of discs. Possibly the greatest composer of liturgical music of all time, Palestrina was a towering figure in Renaissance polyphony. Choral singers world-wide will know his Missa Papae Marcelli (recorded by The Sixteen on COR16014) as, without doubt, it is the most renowned of Palestrina's works and possibly the most famous mass of all time.

On this new disc The Sixteen has recorded some of the sumptuous music he wrote for the Assumption including his Missa Assumpta est Maria and Salve Regina. Without doubt, Palestrina was the great master of all Papal composers and his spiritual craft and harmonic vitality fulfilled the needs of the Vatican. His motets for the Assumption also entitled Assumpta est Maria, are glorious examples of such work and can be heard in all their splendour on this recording.

By his death in 1594, Palestrina had published a huge amount of music including over 100 Masses and over 350 motets.




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Image Dixit Dominus
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

The Sixteen adds to its stunning Handel collection with a brand new recording of Dixit Dominus set alongside a little know treasure - Agostino Steffani's Stabat Mater.

Full of virtuosity, vibrant colour and dynamic energy, Handel's Dixit Dominus captures absolutely the Italian style of the period. Handel's control of forces is masterly and the range of texture and style is breathtaking. Written during the composer's time in Italy in the early eighteenth century it is amongst his first autographed works and also one of his finest. By comparison Agostino Steffani's little known Stabat Mater was one of his last compositions. Written for the Academy of Vocal Music in London, this work is the most powerful expression of Steffani's religious fervour and, outside opera, his largest, most varied and most heartfelt composition.




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Image Acoustic World
Brazil, China, Ireland, Persia, Flamenco, India


kr 299 (kr 499)
Image Acoustic World: India
Acousic World Music from India


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Image Acoustic World: Flamenco
Flamenco music


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Image 3CD-BOX: Messiah
Carolyn Sampson
Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Mark Padmore
Christopher Purves
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

Special Edition 3CD Set:

Double CD plus
Special Edition Bonus Disc of Handel

Harry Christophers and his award-winning ensemble The Sixteen release a brand new recording of Handel's Messiah. The Sixteen and Harry Christophers are joined by four soloists, all revered Handelians who have had a long association with the choir - Carolyn Sampson, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Mark Padmore and Christopher Purves. Indeed, Carolyn, Mark and Christopher all sung as members of the choir before embarking on successful solo careers.

The Sixteen has performed Messiah over 150 times and over the years the two have become synonymous with one another. Arguably the most famous oratorio ever written and certainly Handel's best known work, Messiah needs little introduction. Composed in a staggering 24 days, Messiah was first performed in Dublin in 1742 where it received a rapturous welcome. Harry Christophers first conducted Messiah in 1985 and has been celebrated by audience and critics alike for his gripping and inventive interpretations ever since. Over the years 'The Sixteen's Messiah' has become almost legendary with audiences flocking to performances year after year and, of course, Harry's interpretation of this great masterpiece has changed and developed. This exceptional new recording demonstrates an accomplished expertise, honed over the past 23 years.

"What a winning combination: Handel's Messiah, the most popular oratorio ever written, sung by The Sixteen, the most richly sonorous of the early music choirs."
The Daily Telegraph




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Image Requiem
Elin Manahan Thomas, Roderick Williams, Ruth Massey, Mark Dobell

The Sixteen
Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Harry Christophers

The result of a brand new collaboration between two of the finest modern day exponents of classical music, this exquisite disc brings fresh lifeblood to Fauré's peerless Requiem and injects imaginative invention and poetic phrasing into two of Mozart's choral masterpieces.

Recorded at the 2007 Mostly Mozart Festival at London's Barbican Hall, this disc reflects the unique live experience of a concert performance that captivated its audience.

Conducted by Harry Christophers, The Sixteen and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields are joined by four fine soloists for this recording.

"...the singers of The Sixteen evoked an unearthly expressiveness. Fauré once said: 'here it was as if we had stumbled upon some private memorial, and caught a haunting glimpse of paradise.'"
The London Independent




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Image Ein Deutsches Requiem
Julie Cooper, soprano
Eamonn Dougan, bass

Gary Cooper, Christopher Glynn - piano
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

Brahms himself made a piano transcription of the orchestral parts of his magnificent Requiem, a piece never intended for church performance. The arrangement for two players allows a degree of intimacy, precision and contrapuntal clarity that cannot be achieved in the orchestral version; indeed, at times one is reminded of the Liebeslieder-Walzer Op. 52.

In 1871 this version was given its English première conducted by Brahms's friend Julius Stockhausen. It is thus appropriate that the piano used on this recording is a Bösendorfer of 1872

"A Triumph"
The Independent

"[The] small chorus brings with it enormous dividends in terms of polyphonic clarity"
The Guardian




kr 95 (kr 159)
Image Magnificat / Gloria
The Sixteen
The Symphony of Harmony and Invention
Harry Christophers

Vivaldi's Gloria is his best-known sacred work. Here it fittingly complements Bach's joyful Magnificat.

Polished singing and playing from soloists, The Sixteen and The Symphony of Harmony and Invention make this a disc that will please all lovers of this irrepressible music.




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Image Cantatas Nos. 34, 50, 147
The Sixteen
The Symphony of Harmony and Invention
Harry Christophers, conductor

Bach was Leipzig's Director Musices between 1723 and 1729, as well as being Cantor of St. Thomas's School involving providing music for the four principal churches and also any other special sacred or secular occasion. During these years Bach supplied at least three complete annual cycles of Cantatas for the church year.

The rich variety of his writing for solo voices and orchestra along with thrilling choral textures is well represented in these three cantatas.

"The Sixteen are, as usual, in excellent form here... Recording and remastering are top-notch; notes and texts are complete. Thanks to CORO, many choral collectors who never got around to taking their full pick of this legendary group's old Collins series now have reason to rejoice."
American Record Guide




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Image Mass in B minor
Catherine Dubosc, Catherine Denley, James Bowman, John Mark Ainsley, Michael George

The Sixteen
The Symphony of Harmony and Invention / Harry Christophers

Bach's Mass in B minor displays all the ingredients that that contribute his supreme ranking amongst his peers of any age, and also demonstrates the breadth of compositional skills amassed during his lifetime. It demands choral singing of blistering athleticism but also sensitive, responsive and, at times, majestic orchestral playing coupled with virtuosic obligatos along with a team of soloists who can breathe an immediacy of expression into the words of the mass. All these elements are well to the fore in this magnificent recording.




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Image Musikalische Exequien
The Sixteen
The Symphony of Harmony and Invention
Harry Christophers, conductor



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Image Philip & Mary - A Marriage of England & Spain
The Sixteen/ Harry Christophers

On Christmas Day 1554 the Spanish Armada was a long way off on the horizon. Mary Tudor had married Prince Philip of Spain, and in celebration of her pregnancy Tallis had composed the Mass Puer natus, which may well have been performed in St Paul's Cathedral on this special day. For this splendid ceremony the English Chapel Royal and choir of St Paul's were joined by Prince Philip of Spain's Capilla Flamenca to sing music by great composers from both countries. This recording presents a number of works which were likely to have been performed by these choirs on this special occasion.

In due time it had to be accepted that the Queen had suffered a phantom pregnancy. Three years later Philip was King of Spain; Mary died the following year.




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Image Requiem 1605
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

This new recording features the celebrated Requiem of 1605, Victoria's final composition, a work of beguiling beauty and sumptuous simplicity. It can be seen as the summation of both his art and the Spanish Renaissance tradition. The beautiful plainsong on which it is structured can be heard arching through the texture, forming a delicate and sinuous line throughout. Subtly accompanied by a chamber organ and bajón, it is recorded here with the same forces as may well have performed it originally in the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales.

The Requiem is preceded by Marian Antiphons interspersed with three motets setting texts from the Song of Songs.







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Image Alexander's Feast
Nancy Argenta
Ian Partridge
Michael George

The Sixteen
The Symphony of Harmony and Invention/ Harry Christophers

The nature of Alexander's Feast is perhaps better summed up by its other title, The Power of Music. It is a celebratory ode for St. Cecilia's Day, written by Dryden in 1697 for the City of London's traditional celebration of the patron saint of music, and set in celebratory style by Handel in 1736. At its first performance that year, he incorporated two delightful concertos, one for harp and the other for organ, and these are included on this recording.

"A remarkable recording"
Repertoire, France




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Image Delirio Amoroso - Secular Cantatas
Ann Murray
The Symphony of Harmony and Invention
Harry Christophers, conductor

Handel's Italian Secular Cantatas are some of the most wonderfully expressive operatic- style scenes that he composed. Written for the drawing-rooms of Italian aristocrats, they explore the trials of the human heart in all its emotional states.

Though often more intimate in mood, they differ little in content and technique from many scenes in the operas in which a good deal of their music, unchanged or modified, ultimately found a place.

"Murray's remarkable and musicianly skill is to balance, to imbue each song with its appropriate drama, so that the emotion is never overplayed and the cool limpid line never stripped of its own pale colouring ... she is in truth a star .."
(The Scotsman)




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Image Agnus Dei - An American Collection
Works by Barber, Irving Fine, Reich, Bernstein, Copland, David del Tredici



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Image Love's Goddess Sure was Blind
The Sixteen
The Symphony of Harmony and Invention
Harry Christophers, conductor

Love's Goddess Sure was Blind, written in exuberant and florid style for the birthday of the much loved young Queen Mary ends, extraordinarily, with a reflection on the grief her eventual death would provoke. It was less than six years later that the prophesied mourning became a reality, when, in her early thirties, she succumbed to smallpox.

Purcell's eloquent compositions for her funeral are acknowledged as some of his most powerful masterpieces marrying a genuine of expression of grief (Purcell greatly admired the witty, musical Mary) with a characteristic sophistication of style.

"This magnificent contribution ... breaks new ground in scholarship, matching it with performances of the highest order ... the elegy O Dive Custos, with the astonishingly boy-like voices of Libby Crabtree and Carys Lane, is the unforgettable high point in this superb tribute to Purcell and his Queen."
BBC Music Magazine




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Image Heroes and Heroines - Handel Arias
from SOLOMON (Queen of Sheba): Sinfonia - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba; Recit + Will the sun forget to streak

from ALCINA (Ruggiero): Entrée des songes agréables; Verdi prati

from ARIODANTE (Ariodante): Sinfonia to Act 2; Recit + Scherza infida

from HERCULES (Dejanira): Sinfonia (Act 2); Recit + Cease, ruler of the day; Where shall I fly

from ALCINA (Ruggiero): Sinfonia (Act 3); Sta nell' ircana; Mi lusingha il dolce affetto

from ARIODANTE (Ariodante): Dopo notte

Sarah Connolly
The Symphony of Harmony and Invention
Harry Christophers, conductor

Featuring one of ENO's most accomplished stars, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, Heroes and Heroines is a new disc of Handel arias recorded with Harry Christophers and The Symphony of Harmony and Invention in May of this year.

Sarah Connolly began her career with The Sixteen, singing in the choir in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and has gone on to be described as 'our best Handel mezzo in years'. Sarah is now in demand in the US, across Europe and beyond. In this programme she demonstrates her versatility as both hero and heroine. By turn reflective, pleading or defiant, she shows off her richly colourful voice with an instinctive understanding of how to bring the beauty and expressiveness of these wonderful arias to life.

Performing with Sarah on this new album is The Sixteen's acclaimed orchestra The Symphony of Harmony and Invention. In addition to the thrilling and heart-stoppingly beautiful arias on this recording, the orchestra has some 'solo' tracks of its own which include 'The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba' (from Solomon).

"Connolly seals her reputation as our best Handel mezzo in many years. The voice is richly coloured, delicately used but incisively dramatic. She brings Handel to open-hearted expressive life, but never by tilting him towards Puccini; she knows the style through and through, and makes the maximum effort within it."
Financial Times




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Image Christmas Oratorio
Lynda Russell (soprano)
Catherine Wyn-Rogers (contralto)
Mark Padmore (tenor, Evangelist)
Michael George (bass, Herod)
Libby Crabtree (angel, Echo)

The Sixteen
The Symphony of Harmony and Invention/ Harry Christophers

Orchestral Soloists:
David Woodcock, William Thorp (violins),
Paul Goodwin, Sophia McKenna (oboe, oboe d'amore)
Rachel Beckett (flute)
Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet)

The Christmas Oratorio is one of Bach's greatest masterpieces and this recording is one of The Sixteen's finest.

Mark Padmore is probably the most well reviewed British 'Evangelist', and this recording shows him at his very best.

With an ever-swelling fan-base during the busiest media-quarter for the group with radio, broadsheet and music magazine coverage that will be the envy of competitors, this vivid and passionate Christmas release really should be on many shopping lists.

"Superlative...demonstrating all The Sixteen's familiar virtues." BBC Music Magazine




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Image Ikon of Light
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers
Members of the Duke Quartet

Despite the mystic beauty of his music, John Tavener's place in Western music is a controversial one. His desire to create musical ikons for a time in which he believes 'man has lost his belief not only in God, but also in himself' is provocative. Yet part of the attraction of his music must surely arise from its symbolic nature, a reflection of his deeply-held Orthodox faith.

This collection celebrates a wide range of Tavener's choral output and includes his immediately popular setting of William Blake's The Lamb, and the luminously spiritual Ikon of Light.

"As time goes by, I find Harry Christophers' music-making more and more captivating"
Radio 3, CD Review




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Image Spem in alium
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

"Spem is taken at a brisk canter, dressed in brightly coloured plumage, and with its words English'd. The celebratory atmosphere is reinforced by the addition of viols, winds and brass."
(Gramophone)



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Image Miserere
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

The haunting tones of Allegri's Miserere are unique and instantly recognisable even to those who know little sacred choral music. Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli is certainly his best known work. Along with his Stabat Mater it combines exquisite contrapuntal poise with a translucent setting of the words, whereby music and text complement each other to the detriment of neither. The chromaticism and blossoming cadences of Lotti's eight part Crucifixus have made it a work loved by both choirs and listeners.



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Image Israel in Egypt
The Sixteen
The Symphony of Harmony and Invention
Harry Christophers, conductor

Of all Handel's great oratorios, Israel in Egypt is second only to Messiah in drama. It is dominated by massive virtuosic choruses, making it the perfect piece for The Sixteen, acknowledged by audiences and critics alike.

It's not surprising that Israel in Egypt is much-performed. Hailstones and lightning, buzzing flies and leaping frogs, are all brilliantly evoked for choir and orchestra in a series of incisive choruses leading us excitedly through the plagues of Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea as we follow Moses and the Children of Israel through the story of the Exodus. The epic nature of the story could not be more suited to Handel's genius for story-telling and drama.

This CD is based on the first published edition (1771), omitting five arias and two short choruses.



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Image Fairy Queen (The)
The Sixteen
The Symphony of Harmony and Invention
Harry Christophers, conductor

The Sixteen's acclaimed baroque orchestra, makes its first appearance on a CORO disc. The Fairy Queen, one of Purcell's grandest creations, is a fantastic blend of magic, mystery, passion and tomfoolery - both profoundly moving and entertaining in turn. The Sixteen's superb recording features soloists Ann Murray, Lorna Anderson, Gillian Fisher, Michael Chance and Richard Suart. Based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry Purcell's The Fairy Queen was composed in 1691/2 and remains without doubt one of his greatest works adding his magic, wit and sensuality to that of the play. One of the greatest of England's composers, Purcell flourished in the years that followed the Restoration of Charles II to the throne, his unique talents celebrated and admired in the atmosphere of artistic creativity and courtly opulence of the time. With a personal foreword from Harry Christophers within the booklet.



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