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Parsons: Sacred Music [CD]

Andrew Carwood, the cardinall's musick Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Conductor: Andrew Carwood
  • Composer: Robert Parsons
  • Audio CD (26 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B005CCJS86
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,477 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Domine, quis habitabit?
2. Peccantem me quotidie
3. Holy Lord God Almighty
4. Deliver me from mine enemies
5. Retribue servo tuo
6. Solemnis urgebat dies Iam Christus astra ascenderat
7. Magnificat
8. Libera me, Domine
9. Credo quod redemptor
10. O bone Jesu
11. Ave Maria

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Director Andrew Carwood draws earthy, visceral performances; the ensembles virile sound and Parsons s sinerwy polyphony are a far cry from what some critics describe as the whitewashed . English choral tradition. Carwood and his singers highlight the inherent drama of Parson's style, notably in O bone Jesu, with its changing textures, brilliant canons and expressive dissonances. Hyperion's detailed recording, swathed in the glowing acoustic of the Fitzalan Chapel,Arundel Castle,enhances these sereaphic performances. Performance ***** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine,Dec'11

Parsons certainly deserves the hearing that Carwood's musicains afford us,so this addition to the catalogue is very valuable. --Gramophone,Nov'11

Parsons is not a one-hit-wonder after all. There is plenty here for Cathedral Choirs and others to explore, and one may expect the incidence of Parson's music on programmes to increase significantly especially after such a fine sound as Carwood generates. **** --Classic fm Magazine,Dec'11

Colourful, Forceful and Dynamic --IRR,Dec'11

…fluid, impassioned readings, with vibrant bass sonorities providing an almost instrumental foundation. **** --Choir and Organ,Nov/Dec'11

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Domine, quis habitabit? - Peccantem me quotidie - Holy Lord God Almighty - Deliver me from mine enemies - Retribue servo tuo - Solemnis urgebat dies "Iam Christus astra ascenderat" - Magnificat... / The Cardinall's Musick - Andrew Carwood, direction

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden treasures from the Tudor age 17 Oct 2011
By Stephen Midgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is an absolutely beautiful disc, both for the music and for its performance. Robert Parsons (c.1535-1572) was a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal and an esteemed composer in his day, but he left far less music to posterity and is much less known than his great near-contemporaries Tallis and Byrd. That must surely be at least in part because tragically, at only 36 years of age, he died in a drowning accident in the River Trent at Newark. But, as will soon be clear to anyone who listens to this marvellous CD, the music we do have from him is magnificent.

The opening motet, "Domine quis habitabit?", is simply beautiful - wonderfully pure and lucid music, sung here with absolute mastery. The rest of the programme consists of motets mainly on Latin texts but with a couple in English, with three more substantial works which are true masterpieces - an alternatim Magnificat, glorious in both melody and texture with soaring, sinuous lines that reminded me of Josquin; "Retribue servo tuo", a work of unusually rich and varied textures with two alto and no soprano/treble parts; and another extended piece, "O bone Jesu" - similarly scored, again most beautiful in melody and intensely rich in texture, and with an especially fine climax. Other favourites for me are the superb setting of "Deliver me from mine enemies", and the one Parsons work that is somewhat better known and has been more frequently performed and recorded - the lovely "Ave Maria", with its deeply satisfying final sequence of chords bringing the disc to a close.

The entire programme is well judged and organised, varied in texture, and most beautifully performed by The Cardinall's Musick; in fact I would say that, of the many fine things the group have brought us from that era, this CD is one of their best.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another beauty from The Cardinall's Musick 27 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
I completely agree with Stephen Midgely's excellent review above. This is a superb disc of very fine music sung by one of the world's great ensembles.

Stephen gives a very good description of the disc and has said much of what I would have said: Parsons wrote some terrific music in his short life and The Cardinall's Musick sing it wonderfully. Tudor polyphony is repertoire in which they really excel and I would put this disc in the same class as their superlative recordings of Fayrfax, Ludford and Byrd - very high praise indeed but thoroughly merited. The singing is beautiful and genuinely engaged with the texts, the recorded sound is superb, the notes excellent and the presentation very attractive.

In short, it's a cracker and very warmly recommended. My advice is to snap it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing 3 Jun 2013
By Michele
Format:Audio CD
Go and buy it, you will not regret your money: this is one of the best choral CDs I've ever bought. Music is deeply moving and absolutely first rate.
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