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The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, owes its existence to King Henry VI who, in founding the College in 1441, envisaged the daily singing of services in his magnificent chapel, one of the jewels of Britain’s cultural and architectural heritage. This remains the Choir’s raison d’être, and is an important part of the lives of its sixteen choristers, and the ... Read more in Amazon's King's College Choir Store

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Lamentations of Jeremiah I (1994 Digital Remaster): Incipit lamentatioSir Philip Ledger 1:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Lamentations of Jeremiah I (1994 Digital Remaster): AlephSir Philip Ledger 2:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lamentations of Jeremiah I (1994 Digital Remaster): BethSir Philip Ledger 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lamentations of Jeremiah II (1994 Digital Remaster): De lamentationeSir Philip Ledger/Choir of King's College, Cambridge 1:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Lamentations of Jeremiah II (1994 Digital Remaster): GhimelSir Philip Ledger/Choir of King's College, Cambridge 2:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Lamentations of Jeremiah II (1994 Digital Remaster): DalethSir Philip Ledger/Choir of King's College, Cambridge 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Lamentations of Jeremiah II (1994 Digital Remaster): HethSir Philip Ledger/Choir of King's College, Cambridge 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. O nata luxKing's College Choir, Cambridge/Sir Philip Ledger 1:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Salvator mundi I (1994 - Remaster)Sir Philip Ledger/Choir of King's College, Cambridge 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. If ye love me (1994 - Remaster)King's College Choir, Cambridge/Sir Philip Ledger 2:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Crucifixus a 8Sir Philip Ledger/King's College Choir, Cambridge 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. There is a green hill far away (Horsley) (1994 Digital Remaster)Sir Philip Ledger/Choir of King's College, Cambridge 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. O vos omnes (1994 Digital Remaster)Sir Philip Ledger/Choir of King's College, Cambridge 4:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Nolo mortem peccatoris (1994 Digital Remaster)Sir Philip Ledger/Choir of King's College, Cambridge 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Tristis est anima mea (1994 - Remaster)Sir Philip Ledger/King's College Choir, Cambridge 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Crux fidelis (1994 Digital Remaster)Sir Philip Ledger/Choir of King's College, Cambridge 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Videte omnes populi (1994 Digital Remaster)Sir Philip Ledger/Choir of King's College, Cambridge 1:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Drop, drop, slow tears (Song 46) (1994 Digital Remaster)Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir Philip Ledger 1:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. When I survey the wondrous cross (1994 Digital Remaster)Sir Philip Ledger/Choir of King's College, Cambridge 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Dum transisset Sabbatum I (1994 Digital Remaster)Sir Philip Ledger/Choir of King's College, Cambridge 8:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Jesus Christ is risen today (Easter Hymn) (1994 Digital Remaster)Sir Philip Ledger/Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Thomas Trotter 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. This joyful Eastertide (1994 Digital Remaster)Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Sir Philip Ledger 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Haec dies (1994 Digital Remaster)Sir Philip Ledger/Choir of King's College, Cambridge 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Let all the world in every corner sing (1994 Digital Remaster)Sir Philip Ledger/Thomas Trotter/Choir of King's College, Cambridge 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
King's College Choir Proves Its Mastery Again 19 Mar 2001
By Matrina Lesko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have been extremely hungry to hear English Tudor composers lately and came across this CD. Since it contained works by Tallis, Morley, Gibbons, Taverner and Sheppard, was sung by my favorite choir, and was very reasonably priced, I figured I had nothing to lose. Everything else on the disc was frosting on the cake.
I am especially delighted with the attention to program on this CD. From following Tallis's lavishly dense "Lamentations" with his thrillingly sparse "O Nata Lux" (full of tasty cross relations), to following Taverner's "Dum transisset Sabbatum I" with the well known Easter hymn, "Jesus Christ is risen today," careful attention is given to pacing and contrast over the generous 73 min 18 sec of the recording.
If I were to select two items worthy of special note, I'd point you to Lotti's "Crucifixus" and Kenneth Leighton's "Let all the world in every corner sing." The first is certainly the most exquisite use of dissonance I've ever heard in a Baroque choral work. Burney records in his 1770 diaries that the Italian choir brought him to tears when it nailed the entries on dissonant suspensions, and this recording shows you exactly what he was talking about. In the context of this program, Leighton's anthem is also a thrilling piece of work. Though decidedly modern, it uses modern organ and choral writing to the service of the text. Never do I pull back and think, "Is this weirdness for weirdness' sake?" -- as I do when listening to the works of many moderns, and Gesualdo, for that matter. It is a thrilling ride on the crest of a wave of sound that brings the entire program of King's College Choir's "Music for Holy Week" to an exhilarating conclusion. (I don't know any other work by him. Surely this isn't unique in his catalog.)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Vintage King's! 30 Oct 2001
By "sblake8" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Superb ensemble singing from simply one of the finest choirs in the world. Philip Ledger's tenure at king's was relatively short but he produced a sublime sound from the choir. Then are many jewels on this disc from Lotti's 'Crucifixus' to the simply beautiful interpretation of Orlando Gibbon's 'Drop, drop slow tears'
Highly recommended.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Beautifully Performed 17 Jan 2008
By Jay Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you're looking for Lenten music, you can't do much better than "Music for Holy Week." It was released in 1995, though everything was recorded in the early 80s, when Philip Ledger was the conductor of the King's College Choir, Cambridge. Sir Philip's artistry and the choir's top-notch musicianship make this a pleasure to listen to.

The first 7 tracks are Tallis's "Lamentations of Jeremiah," a haunting work from the scripture of the same name. "Music for Holy Week" heavily features music from English renaissance composers, such as Thomas Tallis, Thomas Morley, Orlando Gibbons, and others. Some classic Anglican hymns are included, however, including "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" and the inimitable "Jesus Christ is Risen Today." The first 19 tracks are all music for the Lenten period or the period of Holy Week before Holy Saturday; as one would expect, they evoke a sad, penitential mood, and are in minor keys. Starting with Taverner's "Dum Transisset Sabbatum I," the music is for Easter, and as such is quite uplifting. The overall result is that the album musically expresses the aim of the paschal season- a journey from sadness to hope. The only glitch in the album is the last track; it's quite jarring and does not fit with the rest of the album, at least not to my ears. Overall, however, "Music for Holy Week" is an excellent recording, and one I would recommend without hesitation.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
a voice teacher and early music fan 14 Feb 2007
By George Peabody - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"THE PEACE WHICH PASSETH ALL UNDERSTANDING" CONVEYED MOST BEAUTIFULLY BY THE KING'S COLLEGE CHOIR.

Perfection in delivery and hauntingly beautiful tone quality mark this performance of some glorious holy week music. The Choir of King's College is made up of approximately 30 members, 16 are the young boy choristers and 14 are the undergraduates, who are referred to as Scholars. The singing on this disc is simply sublime and there are many 'gems' from Lotti's '"Crucifixus" to the lovely interpretation of Orlando Gibbon's "Drop, drop slow tears". Although this music is entirely sacred, there is much variety within the selections; the dates vary from music written in the late 1500's all the way to the late 1900's, though heavy on the 1500-1700 side. But included is the ever familiar and loved "Jesus Christ is risen today","When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" and "There is a Green Hill Far Away".

This particular disc shows 2 different recording times:The Tallis selections comprising the first half of the record were recorded in 1981; the second half (of varied composers )was recorded in 1977. So we cannot be sure that all the personnel were the same, not that it really matters, because it is all so very excellent. However, I think that the Tallis half sounds like only the Scholars were singing, because there are no boy sopranos, as in the 2nd half.

THE TALLIS: "The Lamentations of Jeremiah" are usually transmitted as a single piece in most contemporary manuscripts, but they are really two separate compositions in different modes. Tallis and his contemporary John Sheppard were the only 2 English composers of the time to compose hymn settings of any quality. It has been suggested that they had it in mind to compose a cycle of settings for Mary Tudor's chapel. "O Nata lux" may belong to this Marian set. It is almost entirely homophonic, and relies rhetorically upon a flexible declamatory style.

Salvator Mundi" is one of Tallis's best-known motets. The masterly treatment of imitative writing is combined with a fine sense of structure and balance, achieved through repetition, to give a sense of large-scale design, a feature characteristic of Tallis's best large-scale compositions. And the most beautiful anthem on the disc: Tallis's "If Ye Love Me" (enhanced by the voice of countertenor Michael Chance with his lush sound). The second half of the disc (sung by full choir) included the music of William Horsley, Tomas Victoria, Thomas Morley, Orlando de Lassus, John IV King of Portugal, Gibbons, Miller, John Tavener, Dutch Carol, Sheppard and Leighton.

So much wonderful music, exquisitely sung; a delcious Easter treat!
I would like to mention to any Michael Chance fans who read this, he is definitely singing on this recording. In the first half it is very obvious, but I do think he is also on the 2nd half. He would have been with King's at this time. Just some trivia for those who are interested.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR HOLY WEEK!!! 27 Jan 2009
By Richard J. Oravitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Every selection here is a winner, beautifully sung by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. Tallis's Lamentations of Jeremiah set the tonal mood, followed by mostly English composers, William Horsley, John Taverner & Thomas Morley. My favorite is the choir's rendition of the Dutch carol JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN TODAY. I've never heard so beautiful a rendition!!! This Easter Hymn I believe is the need to purchase this particular cd, though all else is SHEER BLISS!!!
You simply can't go wrong, wonderful religious music on all counts!!!
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