My Beloved’s Voice


Mark Williams leads the Choir of the Jesus College Cambridge through an evocative selection of choral works inspired in varying ways by the songs of Solomon.

Songs of love have been written from the earliest records of human existence. None are more passionately ecstatic than the Song of Solomon, which occupies a unique place in the Holy Bible in both style and content. It contains lyric poems of love and courtship, as might have been sung at Jewish weddings. For Christians, these poems speak to the beauty of the union of Christ and his ‘bride’, the Church. The present collection presents a diverse group of choral works written between the 16th century and the present day, with most inspired by this unique sacred text.

Under Mark Williams direction, the choirs make a clear elegant and focussed sound, and clarity is very much the watchword in the performances – MusicWeb International

This CD features both the Jesus College Choir (top line women) and the all-male Chapel Choir. The two sounds are well differentiated, the fresh clarity of the boys contrasting with the more mature sounds of the young women – Choir and Organ

Superlative singing – Northern Echo

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Choir of Jesus College Cambridge

Mark Williams, director

RELEASE DATE: 30/06/2014
BARCODE: 635212037027

1. Sicut lilium Antoine Brumel

2. As the apple tree Robert Walker 

3. My beloved spake Patrick Hadley 

4. Ubi caritas Maurice Durufle

5. Rise up my love Howard Skempton

6. How fair is thy love Howard Skempton 

7. My beloved is gone down Howard Skempton 

8. How fair and how pleasant Howard Skempton 

9. Set me as a seal Nico Muhly 

10. Ego flos campi Clemens non Papa

11. Aubade from Pieces de Fantaisie Louis Vierne 

12. Rise up my love Healey Willan

13. I beheld her beautiful as a dove Healey Willan

14. Nigra sum Pablo Casals 

15. Anima mea Martin de Rivafrecha 

16. How fair is thy face Edvard Grieg 

17. I sat down under his shadow Edward Bairstow

18. Set me as a seal William Walton

19. My lovely one Gerald Finzi

20. Blessed be the God & Father Samuel Sebastian Wesley

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