Love is come again - Music for the Springhead Easter Play (CD)

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Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s personal curation of Easter Choral music inspired by his family's annual Easter Play at his home in Springhead, Dorset. A companion to the Monteverdi Choir’s 1998 recording Once as I remember, which told the story of the Springhead Christmas Play. Structured around a series of tableaux, narrating through a combination of the different Gospel accounts, it is a dramatic retelling of the Resurrection story, employing disparate musical styles and frequent shifts of focus and perspective, all held together by the creative vision of a Dorset mother and her son.

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The Crucifixion
1. Trad., Herefordshire: The Seven Virgins
2. Cornysh: Woefully array’d
3. Gesualdo: O vos omnes

Easter Morning
4. Taverner: Dum transisset Sabbatum
5. Trad., French;: Love is come again
6. L’Héritier: Surrexit pastor bonus

Mary Magdalene at the tomb
7. Morley: Eheu! They have taken Jesus my master
8. Schütz: But Mary stood without the sepulcher
Historia der Auferstehung Jesu Christi

9. Trad., English: Bless’d Mary Magdalene

The Road to Emmaus
10. Burgundy: And behold two of them went that day
Historia der Auferstehung Jesu Christi

11. Rheinberger: Abendlied
12. Byrd: Alleluia. And it came to pass
13. Burgundy: And they said one to another
Victimae paschali laudes

Schütz: Verily the Lord is risen
Historia der Auferstehung Jesu Christi

14. Gippenbusch: Die ganze Welt, Herr Jesu Christ
Scheidt Surrexit Christus hodie
Trad., German: Hilariter

The Lake Side
15. Peter saith, I go a-fishing after Jean Tisserand d.1494
O filii et filiae

16. Kyrie eleison
Missa Orbis factor

17. d’Este Ego sum panis vivus

18. Lov’st thou me?
after Benjamin Britten 1913-1976
Canticle II, Abraham and Isaac

19. Tallis If ye love me


20. Gabrieli: Surrexit pastor bonus

21. Non nobis Domine
Anon., arr. John Lynton Gardner
7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 18:
adapted by John Eliot Gardiner