Queen Mary's Big Belly

Hope for an heir in Catholic England

1 CD - Signum Classics SIGCD464
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original title: Queen Mary's Big Belly / Gallicantus

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  • Gallicantus perform music surrounding the fascinating yet tragic story of Queen Mary Tudor’s ‘phantom pregnancy’. On 30th April 1555 the city of London celebrated the birth of a healthy male heir, but abruptly ceased the next day after the news was revealed to be nothing but rumour. There was to be no heir, with gossip and speculation surrounding the tale of Mary’s pregnancy from that day onwards.
    The music performed here resonates with the circumstances of the mid-1550s, including items composed outside of Mary’s reign; from the royal ceremonies in which Mary participated as queen, and music directly tied to the specific events of 1554-5. This includes a newly-reconstructed Litany which was performed during Mary’s assumed pregnancy. The viewpoint shifts from the streets of London and its suburbs, through the ceremonial grandeur of the royal palaces and their chapels, to the intimacy of the Privy Chamber itself.
    The all-male early-music consort Gallicantus (Latin for ‘song of the rooster’), led by former King's Singer Gabriel Crouch, is drawn from the ranks of award-winning choir Tenebrae.

    1 Pater noster - Philip van Wilder 2 Exsurge Christe - William Mundy 3 Peccavimus cum patribus - Christopher Tye
    4 Te spectant, Reginalde, Poli - Orlande de Lassus 5 New Ballad of the Marigold - anon. (text by William Forrest)
    6 Enforced by love and fear - Robert Parsons 7 Fansye - Anthony Newman 8 Sarum Litany after - Thomas Tallis
    9 O sacrum convivium - Thomas Tallis 10 Quod chorus vatum - Thomas Tallis
    11 Christi virgo dilectissima - John Sheppard 12 Deus misereatur - John Sheppard
    13 Martyr Dei qui unicum - John Sheppard 14 Like as the doleful dove - Thomas Tallis
    15 When shall my sorrowful sighing slack - Thomas Tallis 16 Vain, all our life - John Sheppard
    17 Loquebantur variis linguis - Thomas Tallis 18 Libera nos - John Sheppard

  • Gallicantus
    Gabriel Crouch [director]
  • 1 CD
    upc/ean. 635212046425
    ref. SIGCD464
    release date. 2017-02-03