Bright Shadows

by Concanenda

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released November 18, 2013

Alexandra Schwinn | Conductor

S | Charlotte Bowden, Catriona Casha, Catherine Shaw, Lucy Taylor
A | Edward Button, Patrick Dunachie, Lucy Prendergast
T | Philip Barrett, Alastair Carey, Nils Greenhow
B | Joachim Cassel, John Holland-Avery, Jonathan Pacey

Oliver Hancock | Organist

Adrian Peacock | Producer
Will Brown | Mix Engineer
Recorded in Sidney Sussex College Chapel, Cambridge



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Concanenda is a Cambridge, UK based chamber choir that aims to promote choral music and innovative cross-genre collaborations through digital media. The choir’s young singers are drawn from some of Cambridge University’s most highly regarded chapel choirs and directed by New Yorker Alexandra Schwinn. ... more

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Track Name: Composed Upon Westminster Bridge
Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:

This City now doth, like a garment, wear

The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;

All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.

Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;

Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:

Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!
Track Name: Bright Shadows
Bright shadows of true Rest! some shoots of bliss,
Heaven once a week;
The next world's gladness prepossest in this;
A day to seek;
Eternity in time; the steps by which
We Climb above all ages; Lamps that light
Man through his heap of dark days; and the rich,
And full redemption of the whole week's flight.
Track Name: Dulce Et Decorum Est
Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori
Track Name: For The Fallen
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Track Name: She Walks In Beauty
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow’d to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair’d the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
Track Name: Locus Iste
Locus iste a Deo factus est,
inaestimabile sacramentum,
irreprehensibilis est.
Track Name: Drop Down, Ye Heavens
Drop down, ye heavens, from above,
and let the skies pour down righteousness:
let the earth open, and let it bring forth salvation.
Track Name: There Is No Rose
There is no rose of such virtue
As is the rose that bare Jesu;
For in this rose contained was
Heaven and earth in little space;
Res miranda.
By that rose we may well see
That he is God in persons three,
Pari forma.
The angels sungen the shepherds to:
Gloria in excelsis deo:
Leave we all this worldly mirth,
And follow we this joyful birth;
Alleluia, res miranda,
Pares forma, gaudeamus,
Track Name: Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal
Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white;
Nor waves the cypress in the palace walk;
Nor winks the gold fin in the porphyry font:
The fire-fly wakens: waken thou with me.
Now droops the milk-white peacock like a ghost,
And like a ghost she glimmers on to me.
Now lies the earth all Danaë to the stars,
And all thy heart lies open unto me.
Now slides the silent meteor on, and leaves
A shining furrow, as thy thoughts in me.
Now folds the lily all her sweetness up,
And slips into the bosom of the lake:
So fold thyself, my dearest, thou,
and slip Into my bosom and be lost in me.
Track Name: O Sacrum Convivium
O sacrum convivium, in quo Christus sumitur;

recolitur memoria passionis ejus;

mens impletur gratia; 
et futurae gloriae nobis pignus datur.

Track Name: A Spotless Rose
A Spotless Rose is growing,

Sprung from a tender root,

Of ancient seers' foreshowing,

Of Jesse promised fruit;

Its fairest bud unfolds to light

Amid the cold, cold winter,

And in the dark midnight.

The Rose which I am singing,

Whereof Isaiah said,
Is from its sweet root springing

In Mary, purest Maid;

Through God's great love and might

The Blessed Babe she bare us
In a cold, cold winter's night.
Track Name: I Saw Eternity

I saw eternity the other night

Like a great Ring of pure and endless light,

All calm as it was bright;

And round beneath it,
Time, in hours, days, years,

Driven by the spheres. 
Track Name: Seek Him That Maketh The Seven Stars
Seek Him that maketh the seven stars and Orion
 and turneth the shadow of death into the morning.

Alleluia, yea, the darkness shineth as the day,
 the night is light about me.