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Libera nos: The Cry of the Oppressed

Contrapunctus , Byrd , Tallis , de Monte , Cardoso , et al. Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Owen Rees
  • Composer: Byrd, Tallis, de Monte, Cardoso, Peerson, et al.
  • Audio CD (1 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Signum Classics
  • ASIN: B00D5SUY8W
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,726 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Civitas sancti tuiContrapunctus 5:010.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Libera nosContrapunctus 2:070.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Super flumina BabylonisContrapunctus 5:410.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Quomodo cantabimusContrapunctus 8:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sitivit anima meaContrapunctus 4:220.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Laboravi in gemitu meoContrapunctus 5:280.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Miserere mei DeusContrapunctus 3:200.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lachrimans sitivit anima meaContrapunctus 5:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Plorans plorabitContrapunctus 5:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. In jejunio et fletuContrapunctus 4:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Salvator mundiContrapunctus 2:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Inter vestibulumContrapunctus 2:320.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Infelix egoContrapunctus13:34Album Only

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Coupling powerful interpretations with path-breaking scholarship, the choir Contrapunctus presents music by the best-known composers as well as unfamiliar masterpieces. Directed by Owen Rees, a specialist in music of the 16th and 17 centuries, the group presents imaginative programmes revealing previously undiscovered musical treasures and throwing new light on familiar works. This recording explores the musical 'cries of the oppressed' from opposite ends of Europe, which include some of the most powerful works composed in England and Portugal during this period by Byrd, Tallis, de Monte and Cardoso. The highlight perhaps is the first recording of a newly reconstructed vocal work by Thomas Tallis, 'Libera nos'. This has long been thought to be an instrumental work, and has been recorded as such, but there's persuasive historical evidence for us to be confident that this is in fact a choral setting of the antiphon 'Libera nos', and it is performed here with the relevant text restored to the five vocal parts.


This debut recording by the clean-voiced and agile Contrapunctus ensemble includes a genuine discovery (…) a 'new' work by Thomas Tallis. (…) The choir sings it and works by Byrd, Philippe de Monte, Pedro de Cristo and Martin Peerson with admirable, firm-toned fluidity. More, please. --The Observer

The a cappella choir Contrapunctus, currently Vocal Consort in Residence at the University of Oxford, is directed by Owen Rees and gives a very assured performance on this its debut recording. Although the music is sorrowful it is nevertheless a pleasant listening experience and the seventy minutes of the programme flew by, leaving this reviewer wanting more. --Steven Whitehead, 10th August 2013

4/5) **** This exemplary disc offers 16th and 17th-century motets written by composers under religious duress ... Pristine performances by Owen Rees s Contrapunctus choir... --Richard Morris, The Times 17th August 2013

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5.0 out of 5 stars Super performances, great repertoire 23 Dec 2013
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Convincing performances, and some real treasures. A great disc. Thoughtful,considered and interesting liner notes. The choir has a good blend - nicely balanced, measured performances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Libera 26 Sep 2013
By Linda
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Absolutely stunning. Great for a long drive,nice and loud. A great addition to a wonderful collection. The choir are fantastic
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old style choirs is back. 16 Feb 2014
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Most choirs today have big symphony orchestras to back them up. The voices begin to get lost in the music. This album for those who are into choirs is without instrumental accompliment. (occupella).
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