Evensongs & Vespers at King's

Composer Various Composers
Artist The Choir of Clare College Cambridge
Stephen Cleobury conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 8896
EAN code 5029365889629
Release December 2007

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About this release

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, has that something special which makes it incredibly popular. Over the years the pure sound of these well-trained male singers (16 boys and 14 men) has proved immensely appealing to a wide audience. And yet few people know about the hard, seven days a week discipline which lies at the root of this heavenly music.

The choir has a daily (!) routine of rehearsals and performing choral evensong at the chapel of the College. The Evensong for Advent (the four weeks running up to Christmas) is part of their regular repertoire. These pieces are combined here with Vespers for the assumption of the Virgin Mary (August 15). But any time of the year is right, to listen to this unsurpassed choir.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Vespers for the feast of the blessed virgin mary: organ prelude: Toccata (Anon)
  2. Vespers for the feast of the blessed virgin mary: Deus in adjutorium
  3. Vespers for the feast of the blessed virgin mary: Antiphon: Dum esset Rex
  4. Vespers for the feast of the blessed virgin mary: Psalm: Dixit Dominus
  5. Vespers for the feast of the blessed virgin mary: Antiphon: Laeva ejus
  6. Vespers for the feast of the blessed virgin mary: Psalm: Laudate pueri
  7. Vespers for the feast of the blessed virgin mary: Antiphon: Nigra sum
  8. Vespers for the feast of the blessed virgin mary: Psalm: Laetatus sum
  9. Vespers for the feast of the blessed virgin mary: Antiphon: Iam hiems transiit
  10. Vespers for the feast of the blessed virgin mary: Psalm: Nisi Dominus
  11. Vespers for the feast of the blessed virgin mary: Hymn: Ave Maris Stella (Hans Leo Hassler)
  12. Vespers for the feast of the blessed virgin mary: Antiphon: Beatam me dicent
  13. Vespers for the feast of the blessed virgin mary: Magnificat octavi toni (Sebastian de Vivanco)
  14. Vespers for the feast of the blessed virgin mary: Antiphon: Salve Regina (Francesco Cavalli)
  15. Vespers for the feast of the blessed virgin mary: Benedicamus
  16. Evensong for advent: Preces and responses (Philip Radcliffe)
  17. Evensong for advent: Psalm 50 (Thomas Attwood)
  18. Evensong for advent: Magnificat in D (George Dyson)
  19. Evensong for advent: Nunc Dimittis in D (George Dyson)
  20. Evensong for advent: Responses (Philip Radcliffe)
  21. Evensong for advent: Anthem: Lord, Thou hast been our refuge (Edward Bairstow)
  22. Evensong for advent: Hymn: Hark! A Herald voice is calling
  23. Evensong for advent: Dismissal
  24. Evensong for advent: Organ Voluntary (Herbert Howells)