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VOCES8 performs William Byrd’s double motet ‘Ne Irascaris Domine’ and ‘Civitas Sancti Tui’ in the Gresham Centre in London.

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VOCES8 collaborates with Nick Deutsch (Oboe) and Alexander Hamilton (Organ) to record from ‚Jesus bleibet meine Freude‘ from the cantata ‚Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147‘. The recording was made at St John the Evangelist Church in Islington, London and features on VOCES8’s 15th Anniversary album, ‚After Silence‘ (www.voces8.com/aftersilence).

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The music was composed originally for voice. It was sung within the context of Christian observances. It was composed by a female Catholic mystic and magistra (spiritual teacher) living in the 12th century in what is now Germany. Here it is performed on a bamboo flute, which developed in Japan 500 years later, in the 17th century, as a mediative tool within the Zen Buddhism tradition. The performer is a male of Chinese/Irish/English ancestry, born in Texas in the mid 1950s and living in Australia. The recording was made in the 21st century, nearly one thousand years after Hildegard composed the song. And yet…. it works!

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This is a rare gem from the year 1977. This recording of the „Ludi Sancti Nicolai“ is an incredible work by many of the most important medieval musicians and scholars, including: Thomas Binkley, Andrea VonRamm, Sterling Jones, Barbara Thornton, Benjamin Bagby, Esther Lamandier, Rachid Safir, Richard Levitt, Christian Tréguier.

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THEATRE OF VOICES – Ellen Hargis, soprano – Steven Rickards, countertenor – Alan Bennett , tenor – Daniel Carberg, tenor – Paul Elliott, tenor – Michael George, baritone – Sumner Thompson, baritone – Paul Hillier, direction

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Cantus Cölln – Konrad Junghänel

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