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Philips: Cantiones Sacrae Quinis Et Oct (NAXOS 8572832) [CD]

Andrew Mackay Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Andrew Mackay
  • Composer: Peter Philips
  • Audio CD (28 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B005YD11OW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,854 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Christus resurgens 3:430.89  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Viae Syon lugent 3:070.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ave Jesu Christe 3:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Pater noster 3:350.89  Buy MP3 
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Far less well known than Byrd and Tallis, the Catholic Peter Philips (c.1560-1628) wrote expressive, intricate polyphony perhaps inspired by his stay in Rome (when he returned he was accused of plotting against Elizabeth I and imprisoned). The word setting in this collection of motets for five and eight voices, whether in the joyous Easter antiphon Christus resurgens or the dark funeral text Ne reminiscaris, Domine, is direct and often illustrative. This music is difficult to balance well, but the Sarum Consort, with one voice to a part, achieves plangent harmony, especially in the glorious eight-voice, two-choir motet Ave Regina caelorum. Another advance in our understanding of the rich British choral repertory. --Observer,15/01/12

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Christus resurgens - Disciplinam et sapientiam - Loquebantur variis linguis - Ne reminiscaris, Domine - Gabriel Angelus apparuit - Viæ Sion lugent - Ave Jesu Christe - Pater noster - Beata Agnes... / The Sarum Consort - Andrew Mackay, direction

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3.0 out of 5 stars A little dull 29 Oct 2013
By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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I'm afraid I found this disc a little dull. This is partly due to the performances, I'm afraid, but also because, although Philips's music is enjoyable and moving in places, it is not in the same class as that of some of the great English polyphonists, in my view. It lacks the fabulous melodic and harmonic invention which made Byrd's music so striking and dramatic and doesn't quite achieve the serene, limpid loveliness evident in some of Tallis, for example.

Nonetheless, it is beautiful in places when well sung (by the Trinity College Choir, for example: Philips: Cantiones Sacrae 1612 (Cantiones Sacrae 1612)), but the singing here isn't quite good enough to make it shine. It isn't bad by any means and the one-to-a-part approach can be very effective, but intonation isn't quite precise enough at times and The Sarum Consort fail to achieve a real blend or cohesion of voices. Individual lines flow well enough but seldom quite mesh into a real, cohesive whole. It's not helped by one soprano having just enough vibrato to separate her form the rest of the singers, but I don't get much of a sense anywhere of real engagement with the spiritual sense of the texts and it all falls slightly emotionally flat, and a slightly hooty organ in places does nothing to improve matters.

I'm sorry to be critical, but this disc really didn't do much for me. Although I applaud the effort to bring Philips's music to a wider audience, this doesn't begin to compare to many of the fine polyphony recordings being made at the moment. If you want a selection of Philips, I'd suggest the Trinity College recording, and I'm afraid I can only give this a very lukewarm recommendation
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5.0 out of 5 stars review 19 Mar 2013
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very good cd of phillips cantiones sacrae,
was going to buy the new issue, but this one is as good and
a lot cheaper, buy it
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little dull 29 Oct 2013
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm afraid I found this disc a little dull. This is partly due to the performances, I'm afraid, but also because, although Philips's music is enjoyable and moving in places, it is not in the same class as that of some of the great English polyphonists, in my view. It lacks the fabulous melodic and harmonic invention which made Byrd's music so striking and dramatic and doesn't quite achieve the serene, limpid loveliness evident in some of Tallis, for example.

Nonetheless, it is beautiful in places when well sung (by the Trinity College Choir, for example: Philips: Cantiones Sacrae 1612 (Cantiones Sacrae 1612)), but the singing here isn't quite good enough to make it shine. It isn't bad by any means and the one-to-a-part approach can be very effective, but intonation isn't quite precise enough at times and The Sarum Consort fail to achieve a real blend or cohesion of voices. Individual lines flow well enough but seldom quite mesh into a real, cohesive whole. It's not helped by one soprano having just enough vibrato to separate her form the rest of the singers, but I don't get much of a sense anywhere of real engagement with the spiritual sense of the texts and it all falls slightly emotionally flat, and a slightly hooty organ in places does nothing to improve matters.

I'm sorry to be critical, but this disc really didn't do much for me. Although I applaud the effort to bring Philips's music to a wider audience, this doesn't begin to compare to many of the fine polyphony recordings being made at the moment. If you want a selection of Philips, I'd suggest the Trinity College recording, and I'm afraid I can only give this a very lukewarm recommendation
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