Missa Charles Darwin
Based on the standard five-movement structure of the Mass, Gregory W. Brown's Missa Charles Darwin honors the compositional and harmonic conventions of its musical antecedents. Unlike traditional Mass settings, however, the sacred texts have been replaced with excerpts from On The Origin of Species, The Descent of Man, and Darwin’s extant correspondence.
Palestrina and Victoria, the great masters of Renaissance polyphony, are represented in this sonorous program of two masses of the Roman School. For the former's monumental Missa Papae Marcelli, New York Polyphony is augmented by three additional male voices.
Sing thee Nowell
Seven centuries of Christmas music in a seamless program that melds ancient and traditional pieces with cutting-edge contemporary works. The wide-ranging sequence is anchored by Richard Rodney Bennett’s 'Five Carols'.
Times go by Turns
Masses by English composers Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and John Plummer. Three new works written for New York Polyphony by composers Gabriel Jackson, Andrew Smith, and the late Sir Richard Rodney Bennett complete the sequence.
Named one of the Top Ten Notable Classical CDs of 2012 by The New Yorker, this program explores rare and never-before-recorded masterpieces of the Franco-Flemish Renaissance by Crecquillon, Brumel, and Clemens non Papa.
Devices & Desires
An experimental digital-only release featuring innovative remixes of Gregorian chant in a dizzying array of styles by guest composers from around the world.
Explores the music of Tudor England. Four new works by composer Andrew Smith add contemporary color to the ancient material, giving the sequence a surprisingly modern feel.
I sing the birth
An intimate meditation on the Christmas season, this diverse sequence of unaccompanied music, New York Polyphony's debut release, was hailed by Gramophone as “one of the season’s best.”