Hyperion Records

Artist Hyperion Records
Tonus Peregrinus
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left to right: Antony Pitts, Alexander Hickey, Francis Brett, Benedict Hymas, Matthew Long, Nick Flower, Lisa Beckley, Alexander L’Estrange, Richard Eteson, Rebecca Hickey, Alex Knight, Joanna Forbes L’Estrange, Kathryn Knight

Tonus Peregrinus

Tonus Peregrinus was founded by Antony Pitts in 1990, during his studies with Dr Edward Higginbottom at New College, Oxford, to record Music for a Large Audience, and today is an established ensemble in Britain and abroad with a significant discography on Hyperion and Naxos. Acclaim in the BBC Music Magazine, Fanfare, Gramophone, and The Telegraph speaks for itself: “utterly spellbinding”, “heatedly recommended”, “utterly beguiling”, “gloriously sung by this superb choir”, as does the prestigious Cannes Classical Award for the ensemble’s debut release and No.1 album of Arvo Pärt’s Passio – Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, as was the Hyperion album Seven Letters and other sacred choral music. Tonus Peregrinus has a history of performing at extraordinary occasions such as the memorials for Alexander Litvinenko – a former audience member – and in remarkable live productions such as a semi-staged version of Le Voir Dit by Guillaume de Machaut; other innovative projects include The Naxos Book of Carols – circulated to millions of homes in the UK and available as a printed carol-book from Faber Music – and the ensemble’s studio a cappella rendition of Tears for Fears’s Mad World. At the core of Tonus Peregrinus are a dozen musicians who combine their diverse expertise to interpret a repertoire ranging from the Dark Ages to scores where the ink is still wet. This breadth is reflected in the name of the ensemble which comes from an ancient plainsong psalm tone with Jewish origins, directly linked to the Passover and the Last Supper: the tonus peregrinus chant starts on a different note in each half, hence “wandering tone” and was nicknamed tonus novissimus, the “newest”. The journey continues with a new disc of Music from the Eton Choirbook – the jewel in the crown of the series of “milestones of Western Music” recorded by Tonus Peregrinus for Naxos – and the founding vision is as strong as ever: authentic & original .

'Dreamland' (HYP41)
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'Pitts: Alpha and Omega' (CDA67668)
Pitts: Alpha and Omega
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'Pitts: Seven Letters & other sacred music' (CDA67507)
Pitts: Seven Letters & other sacred music
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On other labels
'Pitts: Jerusalem-Yerushalayim' (1EMJ2O)
Pitts: Jerusalem-Yerushalayim
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
A Thousand Years (Pitts)
Adam Shet Enosh  First line to Prelude (chorus) –, Movement 1a of Jerusalem-Yerushalayim (Pitts)
Adoro te (Pitts)
Amen (Pitts)
Amen, amen, I say unto you  First line to I AM the Door – I AM the Good Shepherd, No 7 of The I AM Sayings of Jesus (Pitts)
Before Abraham was, I AM  No 1 of The I AM Sayings of Jesus (Pitts)
Benedictus  Movement 2 of Sanctus and Benedictus (Pitts)
I AM Alpha and Omega  No 8 of The I AM Sayings of Jesus (Pitts)
I AM the Bread of Life  No 2 of The I AM Sayings of Jesus (Pitts)
I AM the Door – I AM the Good Shepherd  No 7 of The I AM Sayings of Jesus (Pitts)
I AM the Light of the World  No 4 of The I AM Sayings of Jesus (Pitts)
I AM the Resurrection and the Life  No 3 of The I AM Sayings of Jesus (Pitts)
I AM the True Vine  No 6 of The I AM Sayings of Jesus (Pitts)
I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life  No 5 of The I AM Sayings of Jesus (Pitts)
I and the Father are one  First line to I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life, No 5 of The I AM Sayings of Jesus (Pitts)
I held him and would not let him go  First line to My Dove (Pitts)
Jerusalem-Yerushalayim (Pitts)
Lazarus is dead  First line to I AM the Resurrection and the Life, No 3 of The I AM Sayings of Jesus (Pitts)
My Dove (Pitts)
O Holy of Holies (Pitts)
O Love (Pitts)
O Wisdom of God (Pitts)
Sanctus  Movement 1 of Sanctus and Benedictus (Pitts)
Sanctus and Benedictus (Pitts)
Seven Letters (Pitts)
The First and Last (Pitts)
The I AM Sayings of Jesus (Pitts)
The Lord's Prayer (Pitts)
The peace of Jerusalem  Movement 13 of Jerusalem-Yerushalayim (Pitts)
Though the mountains be removed  First line to The peace of Jerusalem, Movement 13 of Jerusalem-Yerushalayim (Pitts)
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