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More Divine Than Human - Music from the Eton Choirbook
 
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More Divine Than Human - Music from the Eton Choirbook

23 Jun. 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 29 Jun. 2009
  • Label: Avie Records
  • Copyright: 2009 Christ Church Cathedral Choir
  • Total Length: 1:18:50
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  • ASIN: B002H6H27E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,691 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Hutchings on 16 July 2009
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I have just finished listening to this recording, and am completely astounded. The singing is first class, and anyone with an interest in this genre should purchase it instantly; anyone with a love of choral music and/or the Renaissance/Tudor era should also consider giving it a go.

The overall sound is well recorded without being too close to hear breathing, or so far away as to be 'ethereal'. Merton College Chapel has proved a great venue for other choirs, and is clearly working for Christ Church. The choral sound is gutsy without being overbearing. The tutti sound is very impressive - Darlington clearly has chosen some extremely capable gentlemen. This is clearly displayed not only in the rock solid foundation on which the trebles build, but also in the verse/soli sections, where the individual qualities of each voice are demonstrated without being over-powering.

The trebles blend well with the altos, at some points (such as the opening of the exquisite Salve Regina by William Cornysh) blending so well as to be indistinct. The treble sound is well focused without being too perfect, and one is constantly reminded of the great effort, focus and determination required by these trebles (already much younger than the trebles for whom the music was originally composed) to sustain musical interest and ability throughout these magnificent yet enormous pieces. The solo trebles are perfectly chosen, well caught by the recording equipment, and display an exceptional vocal talent and brightness without the sound ever being too harsh on the ears.

A first class recording - a considerable achievement, and recommended without hesitation, especially when (currently), it is cheaper through Amazon.co.uk than iTunes.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Hutchings on 16 July 2009
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I have just finished listening to this recording, and am completely astounded. The singing is first class, and anyone with an interest in this genre should purchase it instantly; anyone with a love of choral music and/or the Renaissance/Tudor era should also consider giving it a go.

The overall sound is well recorded without being too close to hear breathing, or so far away as to be 'ethereal'. Merton College Chapel has proved a great venue for other choirs, and is clearly working for Christ Church. The choral sound is gutsy without being overbearing. The tutti sound is very impressive - Darlington clearly has chosen some extremely capable gentlemen. This is clearly displayed not only in the rock solid foundation on which the trebles build, but also in the verse/soli sections, where the individual qualities of each voice are demonstrated without being over-powering.

The trebles blend well with the altos, at some points (such as the opening of the exquisite Salve Regina by William Cornysh) blending so well as to be indistinct. The treble sound is well focused without being too perfect, and one is constantly reminded of the great effort, focus and determination required by these trebles (already much younger than the trebles for whom the music was originally composed) to sustain musical interest and ability throughout these magnificent yet enormous pieces. The solo trebles are perfectly chosen, well caught by the recording equipment, and display an exceptional vocal talent and brightness without the sound ever being too harsh on the ears.

A first class recording - a considerable achievement, and recommended without hesitation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. M. Tobe on 9 Aug. 2009
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After having heard some of this cd on BBC3 I decided to buy it right away!
Both for the quality of the music and for the quality of the singing.
If you have never heard of the composers before don't let that put you off.
This is a very good performance of very good music.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Feb. 2011
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This disc presents five pieces each representing a different composer found in the Eton Choirbook, one of the largest repositories of Renaissance music. Whilst I was rather taken on hearing the samples from this site, the disc on a proper listening does not quite fulfil the promise. Whilst the boy chorister soloists are generally solid, apart from the odd wobble, en masse they are a little breathy and diffident, and it takes the edge off the performance for me.

I have to confess though that my personal taste is for vocals without trebles, but I had genuinely thought that on hearing the samples I was going to be converted. Though not in my collection (yet) I will probably end up preferring the Tallis and Sixteen sets.

The accompanying booklet contains notes plus lyrics with translations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wondrous music & performance 4 Nov. 2013
By Kelly Alvarez - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a stellar performance of sublime music, and one of the few chances to hear pieces from the Eton Choirbook sung by the forces for which it was composed. The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, with soloists from its ranks, sings with sensitivity and assurance and yet a natural unobtrusiveness. This music requires technical mastery but as well a sort of artistic stepping-back -- its theme is ontology not feeling. These gentle but yet unassumingly complex compositions unfold here with lambent intensity. Hearing this disk is like drilling down a mile or two into sediments of distant pasts and and finding, unaccountably, after the forbidding journey, a reservoir of blue skies, skirting clouds, warm breezes, and greenery. Which is to say 'getting' this music requires some work; its grammar will likely not be at first familiar. But some shock of oddness is apt for a musical vision of heaven. Thanks to the Christ Church choir and Stephen Darlington for exploring this vital repertoire with such care and grace.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great CD 2 Nov. 2010
By Bad Mojo - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent production of difficult coral pieces. Captured acostic detail that I did not expect.
Very happy with purchase
Five Stars 20 Aug. 2014
By michael - Published on Amazon.com
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