1. 'Ave Maria'
From the album ‘Treasures of English Church Music’
Composer Robert Parsons
Conductor John Rutter
Choir The Cambridge Singers
Buy, download or stream: https://smarturl.it/TreasuresofEngChurch
Find more of the catalogue and curated playlists by subscribing to the channel:
Social Media Links:
Ave Maria is probably Parsons' best-known works. An interesting feature of the motet's structure is that the soprano part of the opening section, which as it were represents the voice of the angel Gabriel, makes a series of six entries, each one beginning one note higher than the one before. The effect is of rising excitement and ecstasy.
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum: benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus
fructus ventris tui. Amen. (Antiphon at Feasts of the Virgin Mary: from Luke 1, v. 28)
(Hail, Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Amen.)
Treasures of English Church Music
46 tracks of English a cappella church music, featuring John Rutter conducting the Cambridge Singers, and recorded in the inspiring setting of the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral.
“A marvellous collection taken from all ages of Church Music – a mix of the popular and the slightly rarer. This is recorded in Ely Cathedral and it seems to have projected itself into some wonderfully lyric pieces – the opening track of Parsons Ave Maria sets the scene for the rest of the music. This is the Cambridge Singers at their best…” Cathedral Music
John Rutter, English composer and conductor, is associated with choral music throughout the world. His recordings with the Cambridge Singers (the professional chamber choir he set up in 1983) have reached a wide global audience, many of them featuring his own music in definitive versions. Among John’s best-known choral works are Gloria, Requiem, Magnificat, Mass of the Children, and Visions, together with many church anthems, choral songs and Christmas carols.