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|During the summer of 2005, under the direction of the Choir’s Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury, the group recorded a disc of works by Orlande de Lassus. The CD features his four voice setting of the Mass for the Dead and the five voice setting of the Lamentations for Maundy Thursday. It concludes with the sublime Vide homo, composed just two weeks before Lassus’ death in 1594.|
|Collegium Regale’s dark, rich sound and meticulously|
disciplined — and beautifully enunciated — singing
enable them to give full intense effect to all the subtleties
of Lassus’s word-painting in these deceptively simple settings
of highly emotive texts, as horror-struck contemplation of utter
desolation is punctuated by flashes of irrepressible anger.
The Telegraph (December 2006, ranked in the ‘top discs of 2006’)
|It is incredible to think that these mature |
vocalists are mere students… The mystery is how
the choir achieves its gorgeous blend with such
transitory, albeit overlapping, personnel.
The Times (April 2006, 5 Stars)
Carry Me Home
|Following the popularity of the Christmas CD, a collection of Folksong arrrangements from around the world was recorded in 2000. Featuring many new arrangements by members of the group past and present, it demonstrates the versatility of the group: from the lyrical Danny Boy (Londonderry Air) to the lively Negro Spiritual De gospel train.|
|All are sung beautifully—|
enunciation is perfect and the
scholars musicianship is superb.
The Organ, May–July 2002
Christmas with the Choral Scholars
|This CD, recorded in 1998, was the first commercial recording by Collegium Regale and reflects the wide range of their repertoire. It begins with early church music, typical of that sung at a men’s voices service in chapel, followed by some arrangements of traditional carols. The disc finishes with some more up-beat Christmas numbers!|
|Critics’ choice, December 1998|
Classic FM Magazine