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The Music of King’s: Choral Favourites from Cambridge


The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Directed by Stephen Cleobury

Released 22 March 2019


SKU: KGS0034
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“This really is very special indeed.”
Aled Jones, Classic FM

The Music of King’s: Choral Favourites From Cambridge is a celebration of choral music throughout the ages and around the world. Its track list spans more than 400 years of composition, with compositions from countries including Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Norway, America and China.

For this latest album on the Choir’s own label, Stephen Cleobury has chosen to present a selection psalms, folksongs and other exceptional works that have stood the test of time alongside some of the Choir’s contemporary favourites. Highlights include Ola Gjeilo’s setting of Ubi caritas, Antonio Lotti’s Crucifixus and James Erb’s arrangement of the much-loved American Folksong Shenandoah.

The pieces we have chosen for this album reflect something, though not all, of  the breadth of the Choir’s repertoire. That they should be chiefly liturgical is natural, since the Choir’s main work consists in singing at the daily chapel services in term time. The new ecumenical understanding which has grown up during my working life permits now the singing of the mass and canticles in Latin, anthems in that language having found their way into service lists even earlier. This enables us to look to the continent of Europe to add to the great inherited tradition of British music. We have also included some of our more rare excursions into non-liturgical and secular repertoire, here represented by American and Chinese items.
Stephen Cleobury

1Cantate Domino2:09Claudio Monteverdi
2Puer natus in Bethlehem2:48Samuel Scheidt
3Magnificat primi toni a85:31Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
4Crucifixus a83:10Antonio Lotti
5Pie Jesu (Requiem)3:17Gabriel Fauré
6Ave verum corpus2:44Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
7Panis angelicus3:35César Franck, arr. John Rutter
8My soul, there is a country3:55C. Hubert H. Parry
9Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd)2:34John Goss
10Psalm 130 (Out of the deep)2:49Henry Walford Davies
11Psalm 121 (I will lift up mine eyes)2:33Henry Walford Davies
12The Lord is my shepherd4:44Lennox Berkeley
13Ubi caritas3:02Ola Gjeilo
14Agnus Dei (Mass for Double Choir)4:06Frank Martin
15O magnum mysterium5:59Morten Lauridsen
16The Road Home3:27Stephen Paulus
17Amazing Grace2:57Traditional, arr. Stephen Cleobury
18Mo Li Hua (The Jasmine Flower Song)3:41Chinese traditional, arr. Stephen Cleobury
19Shenandoah3:29American Folksong, arr. James Erb
Total playing time – 66:25


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All tracks recorded at 96kHz 24-bit PCM in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, by kind permission of the Provost and Scholars, 25 April & 28 July 2017, and 10-11 January & 23-24 April 2018.

Producers Benjamin Sheen, Simon Kiln *
Editors Benjamin Sheen, Simon Kiln *
Engineers Benjamin Sheen, Jonathan Allen *
Assistant Engineer Stefano Civetta *
Mastering Benjamin Sheen
Language Coach Gao Zhang *

* Track 18

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