Perhaps not surprisingly, Handel’s Messiah is one of our most popular recordings. Harry assembled a brilliant cast, with Carolyn Sampson, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Mark Padmore and Christopher Purves.
For a limited period, iTunes is offering the complete recording for a special price of £7.99. The offer ends on 16 March. You can download the complete recording – or individual favourite tracks – here.
“What a winning combination: Handel’s Messiah, the most popular oratorio ever written, sung by The Sixteen, the most richly sonorous of the early music choirs” The Daily Telegraph
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Tonight at 20.00
Great airtime today on BBC Radio 3 for two of our CORO recordings. Two tracks from The Voice of the Turtle Dove (COR16119: CD available here; download available here) were played by Andrew McGregor at the beginning of CD Review: you can listen on the BBC iPlayer (not available in all territories) here.
Composer Roxanna Panufnik introduced Saturday Classics, a tribute to her father Andrzej in the centenary anniversary of his birth. She surveyed the whole sweep of Polish music history, including a track from our Pekiel recording (COR16110: CD available here; download available here). It’s a fascinating programme, and well worth a listen. Roxanna is, of course, a remarkable talent in her own right. We were pleased a few years ago to commission her with funds made available by the Genesis Foundation for a work based on the famous Padre Pio prayer: see COR16071.
Concert in Paris
Harry and the choir are en route to Paris for a concert tonight in the Musée d’Orsay. The programme is of music by Sheppard, Davy and Mundy, as will be heard throughout the UK on our Choral Pilgrimage tour this year. So, if you can’t be in Paris this evening, there are 30+ opportunities to hear this repertoire, starting in Cambridge on 21 March: the full tour details are here. Our new recording of The Voice of the Turtle Dove (COR 16119) went straight into the charts at no. 4 last week, the week of its release. The full recording is also now available – in four formats including top-quality ALAC and FLAC lossless - from our digital download site.
Song of Songs
The Sixteen and Harry Christophers are co-commissioning a new work by composer John Barber called ‘Song of Songs’. It will be premiered at the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival on 17 June 2014.We would be delighted if you could contribute towards this project and have the satisfaction of knowing you have helped create a new piece of music by one of the UK’s most exciting young composers. You can read more about John Barber here.
Anyone contributing at least £25 by 31 March towards this new work will be thanked on our website. The Sixteen have commissioned many works by some of the UK’s most interesting young composers and we believe this new work by John Barber – with your generous support – will be a significant addition to the choral repertoire.
The Voice of the Turtle Dove
There was an excellent review by Geoff Brown in The Times yesterday of our latest CD release: The Voice of the Turtle Dove (COR16119). Here’s an extract: ‘Does the music beguile? Well that’s not quite the right word for the vigorous art of John Sheppard, Richard Davy and William Mundy. Does it soothe? Yes, if the Latin texts are quiet and prayerful. Does it inspire? Always and totally. Listen to Mundy’s florid epic ‘Vox patris’, and you’ll soar.’
It is officially released on Monday. UK and European fans can order it directly from our online shop here, and our USA readers can order it directly from here.
The Voice of the Turtle Dove CD is the recording of the repertoire to be toured on our 2014 Choral Pilgrimage, which starts in Cambridge on 21 March. Full details of all the concerts, associated choral workshops and booking details are here.