The Road to Paradise

The Road to Paradise

Britten: A Hymn to the Virgin

Byrd: Christe, qui lux es

Harris: Bring us, O Lord God

Holst: Nunc Dimittis

Howells: Take him, earth for cherishing

Parsons: Ave maria – motet

Bennett: A Good-Night

Sheppard: Media vita | In pace in idipsum

Tallis: Miserere nostri

Tavener: Song for Athene

Gabrieli Consort

Paul McCreesh (conductor)

A thrilling and compelling collection drawn from the two great ages of English choral tradition: the Renaissance and the 20th century. Featuring masterpieces from Thomas Tallis to John Taverner, Paul McCreesh and the Gabrielis aim to recreate the soul’s journey from earthly tribulation to heavenly joys.

Excerpt: Britten “A Hymn to the Virgin”

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“It’s a beautifully realised sequence, framed by plainchant and a tolling bell, which begins with Tallis’s tiny motet Miserere Nostri Domine, and ends with Herbert Howells’ Take Him, Earth, For Cherishing. The most substantial work is John Sheppard’s elaborate six-voice Media Vita in Morte Sumus, wonderfully sung by the mixed voices of the Gabrieli Consort. Every performance is beautifully conceived and recorded in an acoustic that gives enough churchy resonance without obscuring the detail.”Guardian

“Exquisitely sung, they amount to a solemn, very English response to life’s transience and the permanence of death.”Observer

“McCreesh turns an artistic thread binding the two golden ages of English choral music – Tudor and 20th-century – into a pilgrimage of the soul, from life to death to immortality in paradise…There are riches here, superbly sung by the Gabrielis.”Sunday Times

Deutsche Grammophon

GH 477 6605

June 2007