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O MAGNUM MYSTERIUM

O MAGNUM MYSTERIUM


William Byrd, Morten Lauridsen, Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina, Francis Poulenc, Alessandro Scarlatti, Tomás Luis De Victoria, Nicholas White

THE TIFFANY CONSORT
Nicholas White, Music Director
Cathleen Ellis & Jolle Greenleaf, Sopranos
Ryland Angel & Robert Isaacs, Altos
Philip Anderson & Oliver Brewer, Tenors
Joseph Chappel & Mark Risinger, Basses

2006 Grammy Nomination - Best Small Ensemble Performance

[MS1108]

$12.95

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REVIEWS
"Your entire CD is spectacular and your recording of my work is superb. Bravo..."
Morten Lauridsen - December 2005
"... O Magnum Mysterium is sweet music for any classical music aficionado, particularly for those who crave the gorgeous stylings of a well-mannered group like the Tiffany Consort...
Listening to this album created a blissful out-of-body experience; I spent the evening very well, floating on the heavenly sound for more than an hour. No popular carols here--just masterfully crafted choral music of the O Magnum Mysterium variety. The Tiffany Consort presents eight stellar voices, just one voice per part, and these eight soloists mix like the most magical alchemy. Some choral groups are thick with singers, and the overall impact is a bit soggy and indistinct. That's not the case here. The Tiffany Consort is crisp, clean, and in command. This album ... has first-rate production values thoughout...Everything is well-crafted, and I cannot in good conscience recommend one track as superior to another...The Tiffany Consort will be keeping me company all season long!
www.ChristmasReviews.com, August 2006
"This is a lovely collection ... The eight-voice Tiffany Consort sings beautifully and is wonderfully recorded."
CD HotList, April 2006
"...pure tone [and] textural transparency...This disc makes for an impressive introduction [to The Tiffany Consort]. The choral sound is bright, well blended and finely tuned...there's a sense of rhythmic unity to the singing...the singing is intimate, rapt and wondefully alive...A promising debut...the recording is flattering."
Gramophone - September 2005
"...a handsome anthology...[Nicholas White's 'Magnum Mysterium'] is delightful as is the concluding 'Alleluia' and 'Hodie'...The eight voices [of Tiffany] are youthful, bright and clear, and the conductor has them modifying vocal color, arching phrases and milking suspensions with the best of them..."
American Record Guide - July/August 2005
"The purity of tone, clarity of diction, and blended ensemble are worthy of established groups that have sung together much longer. This is more than just a Christmas disc, an impressive debut"
Fanfare - May/June 2005
"The Tiffany Consort ...give splendid performances... memorable... accessible...this is a lovely offering...The members of the Tiffany Consort...exhibit well-supported voices, beautiful breath control, and a well-nigh ideal blend. The recordings have appropriate spaciousness..."
Atlanta Audio Society, December 2004
PROGRAM NOTES
This is a collection of sublime choral works by Byrd, Lauridsen, Palestrina, Poulenc, Victoria and others performed with luminous beauty by the eight unaccompanied virtuoso singers of The Tiffany Consort. Featured are no fewer than seven settings of the "O Magnum Mysterium" text, including Victoria’s complete mass and a world premiere setting by Tiffany Consort Founder and Director, Nicholas White.

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The Tiffany Consort was founded in 2003 to bring together several of New York’s finest singers with the intention of presenting virtuosic choral music from all periods, one voice to a part, under the direction of Nicholas White. While the core of the ensemble is 8 soloists, the number of singers varies according to the specific repertoire to be performed. The group made its much-praised début in two concerts, which featured the complete motets of Johann Sebastian Bach, in March of 2003 sung one voice to a part without accompaniment. The success of these performances led to a full season of works to be presented on St. Michael’s Music and Arts’ 2003-2004 concert season, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan. The ensemble performed three programs highlighting composers from England, Italy and Germany - Byrd & Britten, Palestrina & Scarlatti, Schütz & Brahms. In addition to the trademark performing style of one voice to a part, the group’s main interest lies in juxtaposing works of Medieval and Renaissance composers with those of 20th Century or Modern day composers. Tiffany actively pursues the commissioning of new works which pair well with ancient masterpieces, all fitting the performing resources of our ensemble. This is the first commercial recording of the Tiffany Consort.

Nicholas White is the founding director of The Tiffany Consort. He has been Organist and Choirmaster of St. Michael’s Church, NY, and Artistic Director of St. Michael’s Music and Arts since 1998. White was born in England, was organ scholar of Clare College, Cambridge from 1986-1989, and subsequently moved to the US. From 1994-1998, he was Assistant Organist and Choirmaster of Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., playing and conducting for more than 250 services a year, and touring, recording and broadcasting with the various choral groups. White was Keyboard Artist for the Cathedral Choral Society, and he held the position of Music Director and Conductor of the Woodley Ensemble, one of Washington’s premiere chamber choirs, from 1997-2000. In addition to his activities as a conductor, keyboard player and singer, White is a critically acclaimed composer, with choral music published by several different companies. Commissions have come from all across the country with performances taking place in such venues as Washington National Cathedral, The Kennedy Center, and Grace Cathedral San Francisco.

PROGRAM

PALESTRINA
Hodie Christus Natus Est
O Magnum Mysterium

VICTORIA
O Magnum Mysterium
Missa "O Magnum Mysterium"

BYRD
O Magnum Mysterium

A SCARLATTI
O Magnum Mysterium

POULENC
Quatre Motets Pour
Le Temps De Noël

WHITE
Alleluia! Puer Natus Est Nobis

LAURIDSEN
O Magnum Mysterium





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