The pleasures in their soft robes fly With angel wings adown the sky, And rapture lulls to sweet repose, At eventide.
VOCES8 Eventide 1. Te lucis ante terminum (Festal) Thomas Tallis, arr. Christian Forshaw* 3.18 2. Hymn to the fallen John Williams, arr. Thomas Hewitt Jones 4.43 3. Reflexionem Patrick Hawes, arr. Patrick Hawes+ 3.28 4. Where I sleep Emeli Sandé & Shahid Khan, arr. Geoff Lawson 4.11 5. The seal lullaby Eric Whitacre° 4.12 6. Second Eve Ola Gjeilo 6.04 7. Quanta qualia Patrick Hawes, arr. Patrick Hawes* 4.01 8. Underneath the stars Kate Rusby, arr. Jim Clements 2.20 9. Locus iste Paul Mealor 4.19 10. Corpus Christi Carol Benjamin Britten, arr. Harvey Brough 2.50 11. Benedictus Karl Jenkins, arr. Thomas Hewitt Jones* 3.13 12. Os justi Anton Bruckner 4.51 13. Steal away Trad., arr. Jim Clements+ 4.12 14. Ave Maria Franz Biebl 3.28 15. O magnum mysterium Morten Lauridsen 5.51 16. Te lucis ante terminum (Pentecostal tone) Anon., arr. Christian Forshaw* 3.37
(Freeman E. Miller, At Eventide)
The nineteenth-century American poet, Freeman E. Miller, offers us a beautiful interpretation of Eventide. A time for reflection, for peace and for comfort; VOCES8 explores this depiction with an album of musical repose. Plainchant has, for centuries, adorned the cloisters of churches and cathedrals. The Festal and Pentecostal plainsong tones of Te lucis ante terminum, which open and close this disc, are surrounded with a gentle choral accompaniment, complemented by a plaintive saxophone solo. The enchanting melodies of Quanta qualia and Reflexionem also bear many of the facets of plainsong. Set to Latin texts, Patrick Hawes writes captivating scores that envelop the listener in the choral sound. The poem Eventide by war poet John McCrae was the inspiration for our performance of Hymn to the fallen. Written by the American composer John Williams for the film Saving Private Ryan, the soprano line sails above a rich chordal texture. Eric Whitacre has
Christian Forshaw saxophone* · Matthew Sharp cello+ · Lavinia Meijer harp° C
chosen poetry from Kipling’s story “The White Seal” for the Seal lullaby. Set for harp and VOCES8, the textures ebb and flow with subtlety and grace. In O magnum mysterium by Morten Lauridsen the music captures a similar fluidity as it rises and falls with adoration for the Christ child. It was the sight of the sun setting on Alaska’s Mount McKinley that inspired Ola Gjeilo’s Second Eve. Towering chordal structures befitting the might of the mountain eventually soften with the evening light, as an alto voice cuts through the texture with a solitary chanting figure, hailing “Amen” and bringing the glorious day to an end. Franz Biebl was a German composer incarcerated as a prisoner of war in the US from 1944 to 1946. Originally written for a male chorus of firemen, the popularity of Ave Maria led to it eventually being reworked to include upper voices. Opening with the chanted first stanza of the “Angelus”, a Roman Catholic devotional prayer, Biebl writes the melody in the tenor
part and uses the upper voices as an atmospheric descant chorus. Amongst the contemporary repertoire on this album are two songs that have had success in the charts. Where I sleep and Underneath the stars have a hymnal character that VOCES8 developed in order to bring the songs into the a cappella sound world. Also hymnal in conception is the spiritual Steal away and the Benedictus by Karl Jenkins. Both display the delicate innocence of the voice; fragile melodies are nurtured by the soaring saxophone and compassionate cello. Fragility is also the theme of Britten’s setting of the Corpus Christi Carol. Receiving widespread attention from Jeff Buckley’s arrangement, the text could be considered to be an allegory for the Eventide of Christ’s life. During the final moments of the work, the ensemble extends to the extremes of its range, depicting Christ’s
glorious resurrection. In Os justi Bruckner harnesses the German sound of the nineteenth century with a score that brings to mind the depth and richness of one of his symphonic masterpieces. Paul Mealor’s setting of Locus iste bears many of the hallmarks of Bruckner’s choral writing and closes with a stunningly set stanza of poetry by the contemporary Scottish poet Peter Davidson. From inception to completion, an album such as Eventide requires great dedication. It is with a sense of profound gratitude that I thank my colleagues in VOCES8 for their relentless pursuit of the eternally elusive perfection of ensemble performance. We hope this album offers you both enjoyment and a chance for reflection, not least at Eventide. Barnaby Smith
1. Te lucis ante terminum
Te lucis ante terminum, Before the ending of the day, Rerum Creator poscimus, Creator of the world, we pray Ut solita clementia That, with thy wonted favour, thou Sis praesul ad custodiam. Wouldst be our guard and keeper now.
Veritas vertuatem redit; pulchritude veritatem redit. Truth reflects goodness; beauty reflects truth. Andrew Hawes
Procul recedant somnia, From all ill dreams defend our eyes, Et noctium phantasmata: From nightly fears and fantasies; Hostemque nostrum comprime, Tread under foot our ghostly foe Ne polluantur corpora. That no pollution we may know. Praesta pater omnipotens O Father, that we ask be done, Per Jesum Christum Dominum Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son, Qui tecum in perpetuum Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee, Regnat cum Sancto Spiritu. Dost live and reign eternally.
Artistic Director, VOCES8
4. Where I sleep There’s nowhere that I wouldn’t follow, There’s nothing that I won’t do for your kiss. I’ll love you like there’s no tomorrow, Cause nothing never felt like this. There’s nothing I won’t steal or borrow, I’ll travel on a boat or an aeroplane. I’ll explore a world of sorrow, Cause when I find you I know, I know I’m a be okay. See the times are changing, And I’m sure of nothing that I know, Except this is us, and this is love, And this is where I’m home. In a world that’s breaking, Where nothing is for keeps. Oh, this is us, this is love, And this is where I sleep. This is us, this is love, And this is where I sleep.
I’m from a generation undecided, I’m restless and I can’t help changing things. But in all the noise and the excitement, Your love is all that will remain. I said all of my goodbyes to ego, I gambled all I got, there’s no plan B. It’s the first time that I’ve learned to let go. It’s the only place I feel, only place I feel like me. See the times are changing, And I’m sure of nothing that I know, Except this is us, and this is love, And this is where I’m home. In a world that’s breaking, etc. Emeli Sandé & Shahid Khan
5. The seal lullaby Oh! hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us, And black are the waters that sparkled so green. The moon, o’er the combers, looks downward to find us At rest in the hollows that rustle between. Where billow meets billow, then soft be thy pillow, Oh, weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease!
The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee, Asleep in the arms of the slow-swinging seas! Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936)
6. Second Eve Sancta Maria, Regina caeli, Holy Mary, Queen of heaven, dulcis et pia, o mater Dei: gentle and holy, mother of God: ora pro nobis peccatoribus, pray for us sinners, ut cum electis videamus. that with the chosen we may see you.
7. Quanta qualia
9. Locus iste
O anima mea O my soul mane! wait! O quanta qualia O how great and how wonderful conventus gaudia erunt. the joy of meeting will be. Andrew Hawes
Locus iste a Deo factus est, This place was made by God, inaestimabile sacramentum. a priceless sacrament. (Soprano solo) O flawless hallow, O seamless robe, Lantern of stone, unbroken. Paul Davidson
8. Underneath the stars Oh go gently. Underneath the stars I’ll meet you, Underneath the stars I’ll greet you, There beneath the stars I’ll leave you Before you go of your own free will. Go gently.
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Hail Mary, full of grace, Dominus tecum: The Lord is with thee. benedicta tu in mulieribus, Blessed art thou amongst women, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Iesus Christus. Jesus Christ.
Underneath the stars you met me, Underneath the stars you left me, I wonder if the stars regret me, At least you’ll go of your own free will. Go gently. Here beneath the stars I’m landing And here beneath the stars not ending. Why on earth am I pretending? I’m here again, the stars befriending, They come and go of their own free will. Go gently. Kate Rusby
10. Corpus Christi Carol He bare him up, he bare him down, He bare him into an orchard brown. Lulley, lully, lulley, lully, The falcon hath born my make away. In that orchard there was an hall, That was hanged with purple and pall. And in that hall there was a bed, It was hanged with gold so red. Lulley, lully, lulley, lully, The falcon hath born my make away. In that bed there lieth a knight, His woundës bleeding day and night. By that bedside there kneeleth a maid, And she weepeth both night and day. Lulley, lully, lulley, lully, The falcon hath born my make away.
And by that bedeside there standeth a stone, “Corpus Christi” written thereon.
Et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus. And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
My Lord, He calls me, He calls me by the thunder; The trumpet sounds within my soul, I ain’t got long to stay here.
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, Holy Mary, Mother of God, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, pray for us sinners, Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis, Holy Mary, pray for us now nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. and in the hour of our death. Amen.
Trad. English 15th C
11. Benedictus Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in excelsis. Hosanna in the highest. Matt. 21: 9
12. Os justi Os justi meditabitur sapientiam: The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, et lingua ejus loquetur judicium. and his tongue speaks what is just. Lex Dei ejus in corde ipsius: The law of his God is in his heart: et non supplantabuntur gressus ejus. and his feet do not falter. Alleluia. Ps. 36: 30, 31 (Vulgate)
13. Steal away Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus! Steal away, steal away home, I ain’t got long to stay here.
Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus! Steal away, steal away home, I ain’t got long to stay here. Green trees are bending, poor sinners stand a-trembling; The trumpet sounds within my soul, I ain’t got long to stay here.
15. O magnum mysterium
Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus! Steal away, steal away home, I ain’t got long to stay here.
O magnum mysterium, O great mystery, et admirabile sacramentum, and wonderful sacrament, ut animalia viderent Dominum natum, that animals should see the new-born Lord, jacentem in praesepio! lying in a manger! Beata Virgo, cujus viscera Blessed is the Virgin whose womb meruerunt portare was worthy to bear Dominum Christum. Christ the Lord. Alleluia.
Trad. Negro spiritual
14. Ave Maria (Angelus Domini) Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae The Angel of the Lord announced to Mary Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit. Ave Maria, gratia plena, Hail Mary, full of grace, Dominus tecum, The Lord is with thee. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, Blessed art thou amongst women,
π 2014 Decca Music Group Limited © 2014 Decca Music Group Limited Executive Producer: Alexander Van Ingen Recording Producers & Editors: Nicholas Parker (1–3, 5–16), Alexander Van Ingen (4) Recording Engineer: Andrew Mellor Recording Facilities by Floating Earth Recording Location: L’Église Notre-Dame, Hement, All Hallows, Gospel Oak & All Saints, Tooting, 5–11 April 2013, 20 May 2013 & 5 June 2013 Publishers: Universal Music Group Publishing Ltd / Christian Forshaw (1, 16); Songs of SKG / Sony ATV Songs Inc. (2); Novello & Co. Ltd (3, 7, 9); Stellar Songs Ltd / EMI Music Publishing Ltd / Sony (ATV) Music Publishing (UK) Limited (4); Chester Music Ltd (5); Peters Edition Ltd (6); Kate Anna Rusby (8); The Britten Estate Ltd / Chester Music (10); Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishing Ltd (11); Copyright Control (13); Southern Music Publishing Co. Inc. / Faber Music Ltd (15) Booklet Editing: WLP Ltd Introductory Note © 2014 Decca Music Group Limited Art Direction: WLP Ltd WARNING: All rights reserved. Unauthorised copying, reproduction, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting prohibited. Licences for public performance or broadcasting may be obtained from Phonographic Performance Ltd., 1 Upper James Street, London W1F 9DE. In the United States of America unauthorised reproduction of this recording is prohibited by Federal law and subject to criminal prosecution.
Published on Feb 7, 2014
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