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Times go by Turns - three English masses

Composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
William Byrd
Gabriel Jackson
John Plummer
Andrew Smith
Thomas Tallis
Performer New York Polyphony
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2037 SACD
EAN 7318599920375
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jul 2013
Total time 77'58

Nominated to a Grammy in 2014; iTunes Best of 2013
“10/10: Recommended with the assurance that you will listen to this disc often.”; “Not just technically superb but beautifully paced and expressive.” American Record Guide; ”New York Polyphony’s four members capture the ecclesiastical and musical impact ...” Gramophone; ”Die Formation kultiviert dank sehr eigenständiger Stimmen einen unverkennbaren Ensembleklang und macht auch mit dieser Platte Lust auf mehr.”; ”The singing of New York Polyphony is immaculate.” MusicWeb International; “Technically flawless and musically compelling.” Early Music Review

Taking its title from a poem by the sixteenth-century Jesuit martyr Robert Southwell, Times go by Turns comprises three masses composed during a period when the conditions for English Catholics – and Catholic composers – underwent radical change. &&&Active at a time – the 15th century – when the Catholic Church flourished in England, John Plummer’s death roughly coincided with the ascension of the Tudors, a dynasty that would irreversibly alter religious traditions.
As a consequence, the bulk of Plummer’s music was destroyed during the Reformation, the remainder surviving almost exclusively in sources from the continent. Born a century later than Plummer, Tallis witnessed the separation of England from the Catholic Church and his Mass for Four Voices displays a simple lyricism and economic use of polyphony which may well have been driven by liturgical necessity.
Such constraints had grown even stronger by the end of the century, when his student and colleague William Byrd composed his own four-part Mass, intended for clandestine worship at a time when dissidents were dealt with by cruel means.
While dedicated to the works of the great age of polyphony, New York Polyphony is also noted for its performances of contemporary music. For this disc the ensemble has commissioned two modern works, with Andrew Smith contributing a Kyrie – the movement which Tallis’ mass leaves out – and Gabriel Jackson providing the closing Ite missa est (‘The mass is ended’). The programme also includes one of the last compositions by Richard Rodney Bennett (1936–2012). A Colloquy with God, the setting of a poem by Sir Thomas Browne for four male voices, was dedicated to New York Polyphony.
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  William Byrd
  Mass for Four Voices 41'07
01 Kyrie eleison 1'52
02 Gloria in excelsis Deo 5'37
03 Credo in unum Deum 7'38
04 Sanctus – Benedictus 3'31
05 Agnus Dei 3'00
  Richard Rodney Bennett
06 A Colloquy with God 3'32
  John Plummer
  Missa sine nomine 25'48
07 Kyrie omnipotens Pater 4'58
08 Gloria in excelsis Deo 4'51
09 Credo in unum Deum 5'17
10 Sanctus – Benedictus 5'39
11 Agnus Dei 5'03
  Andrew Smith
  Kyrie: Cunctipotens genitor Deus
12 Kyrie: Cunctipotens Genitor Deus 3'42
  Thomas Tallis
  Mass for Four Voices 41'07
13 Gloria in excelsis Deo 4'54
14 Credo in unum Deum 5'40
15 Sanctus – Benedictus 5'21
16 Agnus Dei 3'34
  Gabriel Jackson
17 Ite missa est 2'32
  Album total 77'58
ComposerBennett, Richard Rodney
Byrd, William
Jackson, Gabriel
Plummer, John
Smith, Andrew
Tallis, Thomas
VocalsNew York Polyphony

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