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- Early music consort Contrapunctus return to disc on Signum for the second release in their series centred on music of the Baldwin Partbooks. John Baldwin was a member of the choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and his transcriptions during the 1570s and '80s create one of the greatest surviving collections of Marian polyphony, composed during the reigns of Henry VIII and Mary Tudor. This volume explores texts celebrating Mary as mother of God, and on the Virgin and her Child.
Contrapunctus, led by Owen Rees, couple powerful interpretations with pioneering scholarship, particularly in music of the 16th and 17th centuries. Currently Vocal Consort in Residence at Oxford University, the ensemble’s first two recordings, 'Libera nos' and 'In the Midst of Life', were both shortlisted for the Gramophone Early Music Award.
1 Gaude gloriosa Dei mater - Thomas Tallis
2 Mater Christi - John Taverner
3 Tota pulchra es - Robert White
4 Magnificat - Thomas Tallis
5 Videte miraculum - Thomas Tallis
6 Regina cæli - Robert White
7 Ave Dei Patris filia - Robert Fayrfax
8 Verbum caro - John Sheppard
ADVERTISED IN GRAMOPHONE (February issue)
Owen Rees [director]
- 1 CD
release date. 2017-02-03