Spem in alium. Vidi aquam

Suzi Digby and ORA Singers

Spem in alium.  Vidi aquam

Imaginatively fusing ancient and modern, the ORA Singers bookend their programme with two works for 40 voices, each written for eight groups of five singers. Thomas Tallis’ magnificent “Spem in alium”, rapturously sung, throws down the gauntlet, which James MacMillan has picked up about 450 years later with his “Vidi aquam”. Clearly drawing on a different musical language—and with some gorgeous smudging of harmonies—it makes a huge impact. In between come five composers commissioned by Tudor monarchs, each with a powerful and distinctive voice. Arrestingly vivid sound, recorded at All Hallows’ Gospel Oak in London, adds another dimension to this album’s magic.

Spem in alium (The Forty-Part Motet)
1
O Souverain Pasteur et Maistre
2
In Monte Oliveti
3
Domine, salva nos
4
Fructum salutiferum
5
Tua est potentia
6
Pater Noster
7
In jejunio et fletu
8
Decantabat populus Israel
9
Ex altari tuo, Domine
10
Judica me, Domine
11
Fac cum servo tuo
12
Derelinquit impius
13
Vidi civitatem
14
Vidi aquam (The Forty-Part Motet)
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