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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.

Mahan Esfahani - The Passinge Mesures: Bull, Byrd, Farnaby, Gibbons, Inglot, Tomkins (2018)

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Mahan Esfahani - The Passinge Mesures: Bull, Byrd, Farnaby, Gibbons, Inglot, Tomkins (2018)

Mahan Esfahani - The Passinge Mesures: Bull, Byrd, Farnaby, Gibbons, Inglot, Tomkins (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 466 Mb | Total time: 77:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA68249 | Recorded: 2017

This sensational recital—featuring some of the greatest keyboard music to emerge from these islands—is the perfect vehicle for Mahan Esfahani’s abundant talents. His accompanying booklet notes are an added bonus, guaranteed to inform, illuminate and provoke by turns.

Rose Consort of Viols, Red Byrd, Timothy Roberts - Thomas Tomkins: Consort Music for Viols and Voices; Keyboard Music (1995)

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Rose Consort of Viols, Red Byrd, Timothy Roberts - Thomas Tomkins: Consort Music for Viols and Voices; Keyboard Music (1995)

Thomas Tomkins: Consort Music for Viols and Voices; Keyboard Music (1995)
Rose Consort of Viols, Red Byrd, Timothy Roberts, John Bryan

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 334 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.550602 | Time: 01:05:02

This well-planned Naxos programme is carefully laid out in two parts, each of viol music interspersed with harpsichord and organ pieces and ending with an anthem. It gives collectors an admirable opportunity to sample, very inexpensively, the wider output of Thomas Tomkins, and outstandingly fine Elizabethan musician whose music is still too known. Though he is best known for hid magnificent church music, it is refreshing to discover what he could do with viols, experimenting with different combinations of sizes of instruments, usually writing with the polyphony subservient to expressive harmonic feeling, as in the splendid and touching Fantasia for six viols. Perhaps the most remarkable piece here is the Hexachord fantasia, where the scurrying part-writing ornaments a rising and falling six-note scale (hexachord). The two five-part verse anthems and Above the stars, which is in six parts, are accompanied by five viols, with a fine counter-tenor in Above the stars and a bass in Thou art my King.