Lighten Our Darkness / Rutter, The Cambridge Singers
The service of 'Compline' is the last of the seven daily services observed in monastic communities, taking place immediately before bedtime. It has over many centuries inspired incredibly beautiful compositions, and this release gathers together eighteen of the many lovely 'a cappella' choral motets, mainly from the Renaissance period, which were written to adorn the evening worship of the church. In addition, the 'Office of Compline', sung in English with its traditional chants, has been included in its entirety on a bonus CD. 'Lighten our Darkenss' sees John Rutter and his Cambridge Singers return to the austere surrounds and sumptuous acoustic of the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral, where many of their classic recordings from the 1980s and 1990s were recorded. It was, in all probability, the place where the monks of Ely sang Compline before the Reformation; its magnificent acoustics and architectural splendour and grace continue to make it the perfect setting for Compline today.
Catalog Number: COLCD131
Composer: Anonymous, Francisco Guerrero, Jacob Handl, John Sheppard, Joseph Rheinberger, Loys Bourgeois, Orlando de Lassus, Sergei Rachmaninov, Thomas Tallis, Tomás Luis de Victoria, William Byrd, William Mundy
Conductor: John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
Performer: John Harte, Simon Wall