Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars Tenebrae Consort & Nigel Short
- Traditional, Bob Chilcott (b.1955):
- 1En La Macarenita (arr. B. Chilcott for vocal ensemble)02:40
- Bob Chilcott:
- 2Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars03:38
- Traditional, Bob Chilcott:
- 3Feller from Fortune (arr. B. Chilcott for vocal ensemble)04:16
- 4She's Like the Swallow (arr. B. Chilcott for vocal ensemble)04:34
- 5L'habitant de Saint Barbe (arr. B. Chilcott for vocal ensemble): L’habitant de Saint Barbe (arr. B. Chilcott for vocal ensemble)00:56
- 6The Lazy Man (arr. B. Chilcott for vocal ensemble)01:33
- 7Shenandoah (arr. B. Chilcott for vocal ensemble)03:50
- Bob Chilcott:
- 8Simple Gifts (arr. B. Chilcott for vocal ensemble)02:14
- 9Swimming Over London03:54
- Jerome Kern (1885 - 1945), Bob Chilcott:
- 10Go Little Boat (arr. B. Chilcott for vocal ensemble)02:26
- Bob Chilcott, George Gershwin (1898 - 1937):
- 11Fascinating Rhythm (arr. B. Chilcott for vocal ensemble)01:23
- Juan de Anchieta (1462 - 1523), Bob Chilcott:
- 12Con amores, la mi madre (arr. B. Chilcott for vocal ensemble)02:19
- Traditional, Bob Chilcott:
- 13Là-bas dans cette plaine (arr. B. Chilcott for vocal ensemble)02:03
- 14Viens par le pré (arr. B. Chilcott for vocal ensemble)03:13
- 15Montagnarde (arr. B. Chilcott for vocal ensemble)03:06
- 16Aka tombo (arr. B. Chilcott for vocal ensemble)02:19
- 17Furusato (arr. B Chilcott for vocal ensemble)02:56
- 18Tuoll on mun kultani (arr. B. Chilcott for vocal ensemble)02:57
- Bob Chilcott:
- 19Marriage My Lady Poverty05:00
- 20Thou, My Love, Art Fair03:47
- William Walton (1902 - 1983), Bob Chilcott:
- 21Touch Her Soft Lips (arr. B. Chilcott for vocal ensemble)01:58
- Bob Chilcott
- 22Even Such Is Time02:42
Info for Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars
Joining their other celebrated Bene Arte releases, this new disc from Tenebrae Consort under Nigel Short – an exceptional group of singers handpicked from the award-winning choir Tenebrae – combines a stunning selection of arrangements and songs by British choral icon Bob Chilcott. Including several premiere recordings, the programme combines music and words from across the world including Japan, Canada, America, France and the UK.
The composer writes: “I am thrilled that they have made this recording of these songs and arrangements, some from a long time ago, some more recent, sometimes frivolous, sometimes reflective, but all performed with the beauty of sound and the breadth of skill and personality that is synonymous with the work of Nigel and his singers.”
"The Tenebrae Consort, drawn from Nigel Short's equally celebrated Tenebrae Choir, here bring the same perfect technique and miraculous sense of ensemble to 22 instantly attractive songs arrangements by Bob Chilcott" (The Observer)
"Delightful...Tenebrae, directed by their founder Nigel Short, are predictably excellent throughout." (Classic FM)
"These pieces, whether original or arrangement, show consistent skill, flair and imagination...it's hard to imagine that the pieces could be in better hands for the expert voices of the Tenebrae Consort relish the wit and sophistication of Chilcott's inventions. This is a thoroughly entertaining disc and I loved it." (MusicWeb International)
"Tenebrae Consort perform with impeccable professionalism under director Nigel Short." (Choir & Organ)
"This album may be new repertoire for the group, but in many ways it's classic Tenebrae - faultless tuning, perfect blend, pure soprano sound, all beautifully recorded." (Gramophone)
"A very attractive disc of well sung song arrangements." (MusicWeb International)
Nigel Short, conductor
is an outstanding group of musicians, with singers hand-picked from the award-winning chamber choir Tenebrae. Chosen for their particular expertise in certain areas of repertoire, Tenebrae Consort demonstrates the singers’ skills as soloists and highlights the vocal quality of the individuals who make up the Tenebrae sound. Known for their instinctive ensemble skills, the singers can perform alongside small groups of leading instrumentalists, and are directed by Nigel Short, who leads the group to music making of the highest quality. Focusing on repertoire originally written for consort performance, particularly dedicated to the interpretation of early music, Tenebrae Consort aims to shed new interpretative light on works through the combination of both passion and precision, creating an intimate concert experience.
began his musical life as a chorister at Solihull Parish Church going on to study singing and piano at the Royal College of Music. He began his career as a soloist in opera and oratorio and as a member of specialist vocal ensembles such as The Tallis Scholars whilst maintaining a regular involvement in church music, firstly as a member of Westminster Abbey Choir then Westminster Cathedral. He joined the King's Singers when he was 27 and stayed with them for seven years.
After a short break of about one ski season in the Swiss Alps he set about founding his own group, Tenebrae, aiming to bring together what he loved best as a singer - namely the more passionate sounds of large Cathedral choirs and the precision of ensembles like The King's Singers - to create a new kind of choral group. Whilst embracing an eclectic repertoire he wanted to have some 'signature' works that would make Tenebrae different, adding a theatrical element that would involve singers moving around as if on stage. To that end he wrote 'The Dream of Herod', with a central role for baritone Colin Campbell, and commissioned Joby Talbot to write Path of Miracles, premiered in July 2005. Since its debut performance in 2001 Tenebrae has given concerts in Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, UK, USA and Bermuda.
Nigel and the group have performed and recorded live with The Chamber Orchestra of Europe for Warner Classics and have given several performances with The English Concert. They record regularly with Signum Classics.
Nigel divides his time between directing Tenebrae and giving an ever increasing number of masterclasses and workshops for both professional and amateur vocal groups and choirs throughout Europe.