Libera Nos: The Cry of the Oppressed


Coupling powerful interpretations with path-breaking scholarship, the choir Contrapunctus presents music by the best-known composers as well as unfamiliar masterpieces. Directed by Owen Rees, a specialist in music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the group presents imaginative programmes revealing previously undiscovered musical treasures and throwing new light on familiar works.

This recording explores the musical ‘cries of the oppressed’ from opposite ends of Europe, which include some of the most powerful works composed in England and Portugal during this period by Byrd, Tallis, Monte and Cardoso. The highlight perhaps is the first recording of a newly reconstructed vocal work by Thomas Tallis, Libera nos. This has long been thought to be an instrumental work, and has been recorded as such, but there’s persuasive historical evidence for us to be confident that this is in fact a choral setting of the antiphon Libera nos, and it is performed here with the relevant text restored to the five vocal parts.

A rich seam of material by such as Tallis, Byrd and Cardoso – The Independent

Exemplary… Pristine performances by Owen Rees’s Contrapunctus choir – The Times

Experience and vocal excellence merge in the singing of Contrapunctus to produce performances extraordinary even by the British vocal group’s own high standards – Sinfini

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Owen Rees director

RELEASE DATE: 01/09/2013
BARCODE: 635212033821

1. Civitas sancti tui William Byrd

2. Libera nos Thomas Tallis

3. Super flumina Babylonis Philippe de Monte 

4. Quomodo cantabimus William Byrd

5. Sitivit anima mea Manuel Cardoso 

6. Laboravi in gemitu meo Martin Peerson 

7. Miserere mei Deus William Byrd 

8. Lachrimans sitivit anima mea Pedro de Cristo 

9. Plorans plorabit William Byrd 

10. In jejunio et fletu Thomas Tallis 

11. Salvator mundi Thomas Tallis 

12. Inter vestibulum Pedro de Cristo 

13. Infelix ego William Byrd

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