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The Gesualdo Six, Owain Park - English Motets (2018)

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The Gesualdo Six, Owain Park - English Motets (2018)

The Gesualdo Six, Owain Park - English Motets (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral, Renaissance | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68256 | 01:13:06

The Gesualdo Six literally made its name with performances of Carlo Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories, but that's not the British vocal consort's only specialty. Each of the singers was trained in the English choral tradition, and sacred works of the 16th and 17th century are close to their hearts. This 2018 Hyperion release is a brief survey of motets by Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Thomas Tomkins, John Sheppard, Robert White, John Dunstaple, Thomas Morley, John Taverner, William Cornysh, Orlando Gibbons, and Robert Parsons, which represent the changing theological and liturgical aspects of English religion in the Renaissance. The ensemble, conducted by Owain Park, sings with evenly blended tones and an extraordinary harmonic richness, notwithstanding the assignment of one voice to a part and the exposed polyphony that sometimes creates an austere effect. Also quite noticeable are the cross-relations that add poignant dissonances to the counterpoint, as in Tallis' Loquebantur variis linguis, Taverner's Quemadmodum, Gibbons' O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not, and Parsons' Deliver me from mine enemies. This album was recorded in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, where The Gesualdo Six gave its first performances, and the sound is enhanced by vibrant acoustics that give the group a radiant aural halo.

Fretwork - In Nomine II: Muhly, Parsons, Bull, Baldwin, Ferrabosco, Bryars, Ward, Tye, Purcell (2019)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Fretwork - In Nomine II: Muhly, Parsons, Bull, Baldwin, Ferrabosco, Bryars, Ward, Tye, Purcell (2019)

Fretwork - In Nomine II: Muhly, Parsons, Bull, Baldwin, Ferrabosco, Bryars, Ward, Tye, Purcell (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 59:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum Records ‎| SIGCD576 | Recorded: 2018

John Taverner's accidentally totemic theme is subjected to more wondrous transformations by the likes of Robert Parsons, Henry Purcell and of course Christopher Tye—and inspires new works from Nico Muhly and Gavin Bryars.

The Marian Consort, Rose Consort of Viols, Rory McCleery - Loquebantur: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks (2015)

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The Marian Consort, Rose Consort of Viols, Rory McCleery - Loquebantur: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks (2015)

The Marian Consort, Rose Consort of Viols, Rory McCleery - Loquebantur: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 297 Mb | Total time: 66:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Delphian | # DCD34160 | Recorded: 2015

John Baldwin was a lay clerk at St George’s Chapel, Windsor in 1575 and became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in 1598. The so-called ‘Baldwin Partbooks’, held at Christ Church, Oxford, were his creation – a very personal collection, representing his individual tastes and interests from a wealth of English and Continental polyphony and consort music.
As in their previous collaboration, an exploration of the similarly conceived partbooks of Robert Dow, the Marian Consort and Rose Consort of Viols have kept faith with Baldwin’s own intentions, bringing to light some of the rarer gems preserved by this great advocate and music-lover and providing the listener with ‘such sweete musicke: as dothe much delite yeelde’.

The Marian Consort, Rose Consort of Viols, Rory McCleery - An Emerald in a Work of Gold (2012)

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The Marian Consort, Rose Consort of Viols, Rory McCleery - An Emerald in a Work of Gold (2012)

The Marian Consort, Rose Consort of Viols, Rory McCleery - An Emerald in a Work of Gold (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 350 Mb | Total time: 72:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Delphian | # DCD34115 | Recorded: 2012

For its second Delphian recording, The Marian Consort have leafed through the beautifully calligraphed pages of the partbooks compiled in Oxford between 1581 and 1588 by the Elizabethan scholar Robert Dow, to present a deeply satisfying sequence of some of their brightest jewels. Sumptuous motets, melancholy consort songs and intricate, harmonically daring viol fantasies are seamlessly interwoven, all brought to life by seven voices and the robust plangency of the Rose Consort of Viols in the chapel of All Souls College, Oxford – where Dow himself was once a Fellow.