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How Are The Mighty Fallen Choral Music by Giovanni Bononcini
Giovanni Bononcini

Choir of The Queen's College Oxford

How Are The Mighty Fallen Choral Music by Giovanni Bononcini

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212090527
Catnr: SIGCD 905
Release date: 24 May 2024
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212090527
Catalogue number
SIGCD 905
Release date
24 May 2024
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About the album

This is the first recording not only of Ave Maris stella and Laudate pueri but also the original D-major version of Bononcini’s Te Deum. The work has been newly edited here from its English eighteenth-century sources. These works were written during Bononcini’s time in London, and a few months after his arrival the country was ravaged by a smallpox epidemic, which also saw the first introduction of inoculation against disease in England. It’s fitting therefore that this recording was made in the early summer of 2021, six months after the COVID-19 vaccination programme began in the UK. Despite the challenges that this caused, director Owen Rees says “it was heart-lifting to be able to bring this project to fruition after many months during which singing was silenced”.

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Choir of The Queen's College Oxford

‘An undoubted jewel in Britain’s choral scene’ (BBC Music Magazine), the Choir of The Queen’s College Oxford is among the finest and most active university choirs in the UK. Its extensive concert schedule involves appearances across the UK and abroad, including work with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Britten Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. It regularly tours abroad, and concert tours have included Taiwan, China, the USA, Sri Lanka, Italy, Sardinia, Portugal, Spain, Frans, the Low Countries, and Germany. The choir’s wide-ranging repertory includes a rich array of Renaissance and Baroque music and contemporary works. The group broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio, and during the academic year it provides the music...
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‘An undoubted jewel in Britain’s choral scene’ (BBC Music Magazine), the Choir of The Queen’s College Oxford is among the finest and most active university choirs in the UK. Its extensive concert schedule involves appearances across the UK and abroad, including work with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Britten Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. It regularly tours abroad, and concert tours have included Taiwan, China, the USA, Sri Lanka, Italy, Sardinia, Portugal, Spain, Frans, the Low Countries, and Germany. The choir’s wide-ranging repertory includes a rich array of Renaissance and Baroque music and contemporary works. The group broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio, and during the academic year it provides the music for regular services in the splendid Baroque chapel of The Queen’s College. Among its recordings on Signum Classics, Carlos from Queen’s enjoyed nine weeks in the Specialist Classical Charts, was ‘Drive Feature Album of the Week’ on Classic FM, and was a Telegraph Christmas pick; A New Heaven (2017) and The House of the Mind (2018) both went straight to no. 1 in the Specialist Classical Chart in their first week of sales; and 2019 was the release of a recording of music by the great Tudor composer John Taverner, which received a Diapason d’or and was described by Diapason as ‘a splendid triumph of English choral art at its best’. Queen’s Choir has also recorded for film in the famous Abbey Road Studios, and appears on teh Grammy-nominated soundtrack of the Warner-Brothers film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.


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Owen Rees (conductor)

Owen Rees is both performer and scholar, his scholarship consistently informing his performances.  Through his extensive work as a choral director, he has brought to the concert hall and recording studio substantial repertories of magnificent Renaissance and Baroque music, including many previously unknown or little-known works from Spain and Portugal. His interpretations of these repertories have been acclaimed as ‘rare examples of scholarship and musicianship combining to result in performances that are both impressive and immediately attractive to the listener’, and he has been described as ‘one of the most energetic and persuasive voices’ in this field.   He has conducted at festivals worldwide, and is increasingly busy as a leader of workshops on performance of Renaissance polyphony. He has broadcast...
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Owen Rees is both performer and scholar, his scholarship consistently informing his performances. Through his extensive work as a choral director, he has brought to the concert hall and recording studio substantial repertories of magnificent Renaissance and Baroque music, including many previously unknown or little-known works from Spain and Portugal. His interpretations of these repertories have been acclaimed as ‘rare examples of scholarship and musicianship combining to result in performances that are both impressive and immediately attractive to the listener’, and he has been described as ‘one of the most energetic and persuasive voices’ in this field. He has conducted at festivals worldwide, and is increasingly busy as a leader of workshops on performance of Renaissance polyphony. He has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4, and on Portuguese, Spanish, and Norwegian radio. He has released CD recordings on the Hyperion, Signum, and Avie labels to consistently high critical acclaim and his work has been shortlisted for the Gramophone Early Music Award.
Owen Rees began his academic and conducting career as Organ Scholar at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, studying with Peter le Huray and Iain Fenlon. After a period as College Lecturer in Music at St Peter’s College and St Edmund Hall, Oxford, he joined the Music Department at the University of Surrey, where he was promoted to the post of Reader. In 1997 he returned to Oxford, where—in addition to his posts of Fellow in Music at The Queen’s College and Director of Music of the Choir of The Queen's College—he is Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College and a Professor in the Faculty of Music. His numerous published studies include work on the Spanish composers Cristóbal de Morales and Francisco Guerrero and the English composer William Byrd.

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01.
Ave maris stella
08:23
(Giovanni Bononcini) Daniel Tate, Elizabeth Nurse, Colin Danskin, Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of The Queen's College Oxford
02.
Te Deum: I. Te Deum laudamus
05:15
(Giovanni Bononcini) Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of The Queen's College Oxford
03.
Te Deum: II. Te gloriosus apostolorum chorus
01:50
(Giovanni Bononcini) Helen Charlston, Esther Lay, Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of The Queen's College Oxford
04.
Te Deum: III. Te per orbem terrarum
02:23
(Giovanni Bononcini) Helen Charlston, Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of The Queen's College Oxford
05.
Te Deum: IV. Patrem immensæ maiestatis
02:04
(Giovanni Bononcini) Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of The Queen's College Oxford
06.
Te Deum: V. Tu rex gloriæ Christe
01:43
(Giovanni Bononcini) Rowan Pierce, Choir of The Queen's College Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music
07.
Te Deum: VI. Tu ad liberandum
01:51
(Giovanni Bononcini) Choir of The Queen's College Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music
08.
Te Deum: VII. Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes
03:08
(Giovanni Bononcini) Choir of The Queen's College Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music
09.
Te Deum: VIII. Æterna fac cum sanctis tuis
03:01
(Giovanni Bononcini) Esther Lay, Choir of The Queen's College Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music
10.
Te Deum: IX. Per singulos dies
01:25
(Giovanni Bononcini) Choir of The Queen's College Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music
11.
Te Deum: X. Dignare Domine
02:38
(Giovanni Bononcini) Helen Charlston, Choir of The Queen's College Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music
12.
Te Deum: XI. Miserere nostri
01:19
(Giovanni Bononcini) Choir of The Queen's College Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music
13.
Te Deum: XII. Fiat misericordia tua
03:25
(Giovanni Bononcini) Rowan Pierce, Choir of The Queen's College Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music
14.
Te Deum: XIII. In te Domine speravi
03:36
(Giovanni Bononcini) Choir of The Queen's College Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music
15.
Laudate pueri: I. Laudate pueri
03:16
(Giovanni Bononcini) Choir of The Queen's College Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music
16.
Laudate pueri: II. A solis ortu
01:38
(Giovanni Bononcini) Giles Underwood, Choir of The Queen's College Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music
17.
Laudate pueri: III. Excelsus super omnes
02:09
(Giovanni Bononcini) Helen Charlston, Choir of The Queen's College Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music
18.
Laudate pueri: IV. Quis sicut Dominus
01:56
(Giovanni Bononcini) Choir of The Queen's College Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music
19.
Laudate pueri: V. Suscitans a terra
01:34
(Giovanni Bononcini) Rowan Pierce, Choir of The Queen's College Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music
20.
Laudate pueri: VI. Ut collocet eum
03:36
(Giovanni Bononcini) Choir of The Queen's College Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music
21.
Laudate pueri: VII. Gloria Patri
02:09
(Giovanni Bononcini) Guy Cutting, Helen Charlston, Rowan Pierce, Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of The Queen's College Oxford
22.
Laudate pueri: VIII. Sicut erat
02:29
(Giovanni Bononcini) Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of The Queen's College Oxford
23.
When Saul was king: I. When Saul was king over us
03:03
(Giovanni Bononcini) Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of The Queen's College Oxford
24.
When Saul was king: II. How are the mighty fallen
01:54
(Giovanni Bononcini) Guy Cutting, Helen Charlston, Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of The Queen's College Oxford
25.
When Saul was king: III. How doth the city solitary sit
00:41
(Giovanni Bononcini) Helen Charlston, Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of The Queen's College Oxford
26.
When Saul was king: IV. All the night she weepeth sore
02:40
(Giovanni Bononcini) Helen Charlston, Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of The Queen's College Oxford
27.
When Saul was king: V. Howl, O ye fir-trees
02:01
(Giovanni Bononcini) Choir of The Queen's College Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music
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