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Lighten our Darkness

Lighten our Darkness

Music for the close of day

The Cambridge Singers
John Rutter conductor


Includes the full office of Compline

The service of Compline has inspired many incredibly beautiful compositions and this collection gathers together eighteen of the many lovely a cappella choral motets written to adorn the evening worship of the church.

Composers include Byrd, Guerrero, Rachmaninov and Sheppard, alongside such less well-known masterworks as Rheinberger’s Abendlied and the four great Marian motets of Victoria. In addition, the Office of Compline, sung in English with its traditional chants, is included in its entirety on a bonus CD.

Lighten our Darkness 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 early 1990s were recorded.

"absolutely ravishing...well-nigh perfect choral craftsmanship and luscious sound." American Record Review

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Disc 1

Listing Track   Composer   Length Listen
01. In pace   John Sheppard   05:19
02. Libera nos, salva nos   John Sheppard   03:52
03. Justorum animae   Orlande de Lassus   03:11
04. Pater noster   Jacob Händl   04:26
05. O Lord, the Maker of all thing   William Mundy   02:55
06. Visita, quaesumus Domine   William Byrd   05:09
07. Abendlied   Josef Rheinberger   03:31
08. O Christ who art the light and day   William Byrd   04:32
09. O gladsome light   Louis Bourgeois   01:58
10. Te lucis ante terminum   Thomas Tallis   02:31
11. Alma Redemptoris Mater   T.L. de Victoria   06:58
12. Ave Regina caelorum   T.L. de Victoria   03:22
13. Regina caeli laetare   T.L. de Victoria   03:39
14. Salve Regina   T.L. de Victoria   10:37
15. Ave Maria   Francisco Guerrero   05:11
16. Bogoroditsye Dyevo   Sergei Rachmaninov   02:45
17. In manus tuas   William Byrd   03:30
18. In manus tuas   John Sheppard   03:57

Disc 2

Listing Track   Composer   Length Listen
01. Opening Sentences and Responses       01:30
02. Psalm 91       05:22
03. Lesson: Come unto me       00:28
04. Respond: Into thy hands       01:13
05. Hymn: Before the ending of the day       01:28
06. Keep me as the apple of an eye and Nunc Dimittis       02:40
07. The Apostles' Creed and Lord's Prayer       03:02
08. Versicles and Responses       01:08
09. Confession and Absolution       00:57
10. Responses and Collects       03:20
11. Respond: We will lay us down in peace     00:51
12. Closing Responses and Blessing       00:37


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