• ELQ4840250 Katalognummer
  • 0028948402502 EAN
  • 2CD Format
  • 1967/1970/2020 Utgivelsesår

Purcell Consort of Voices | Elisabethan Consort of Viols | Burgess, Grayston

Burgess, Grayston

Partridge, Ian | Keyte, Christopher

Davy, Richard | Desprez, Josquin | Lambe, Walter | Browne, John | Nesbett, John | Wylkynson, Robert | Cornysh, William | Fawkyner, Richard | Dunstable, John

All Saints' | Margaret Street Choir Boys | Purcell Consort of Voices | Elizabethan Consort of Viols



Davy, Richard:
St Matthew Passion a 4:
Passio Domini nostri Jesu Christi secundum Matthaeum
Cum autem esset Jesus in Bethania
Tunc abiit unus de duodecim, qui dicebatur Judas Scarioth
Prima autem die azymorum accesserunt discipuli ad Jesum
Vespere autem facto, discumbebat cum duodecim discipulis suis
Coenantibus autem eis, accepit Jesum panem
Tunc dixit illis Jesus: Omnes vos scandalum
Tunc venit Jesum cum illis in villam, quae dicitur Gethsemani
Tunc venit ad discipulos suos, et dixit illis: Dormite iam et requiescite
Et ecce unus ex his, qui erant cum Jesu, extendens manum
At illi tenentes Jesum
Petrus autem sedebat foris in atrio
Mane autem facto
Jesus autem stetit ante praesidem, et interrogavit eum praeses
Per diem autem solemnem consueverat praeses dimittere populo unum vinctum
Sedente autem illo per tribunali, misit ad eum uxor eius
Principes autem sacerdotum et seniores persuaserunt populis ut peterent Barrabam
Videns autem Pilatus qui nihil proficeret
Tunc milites praesidis suscipientes Jesum in praetorium
Exeuntes autem, invenerunt hominem Cyrenaeum, nomine Simonem
Tunc crucifixi sunt cum eo duo latrones
A sexta autem hora, tenebrae factae sunt super universam terram
Et ecce velum templum scissum est in duas partes
Cum autem sero factum esset

Despres, Josquin:
Petite camusette
Coeurs désolés
La déploration sur la mort de Johan Okeghem
Vive le roy
El Grillo
La Bernardina
Baisiez moy
Fortuna desperata
Ave Maria

Lambe, Walter: Nesciens mater a 5
Browne, John: Stabat Mater
Nesbett, John: Magnificat
Wylkynson, Robert: Salve Regina
Cornyshe, William: Ave Maria, Mater Dei
Fawkyner, Richard: Gaude rosa sine spina

O rosa bella
Ave maris stella
Alma Redemptoris Mater
Sancta Maria succurre miseris
Veni Sancte Spiritus

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The first substantial survey of the Eton Choirbooks treasures on record, newly remastered, compiled and reissued on CD for the first time. Copied out between 1490 and 1502, the Eton Choirbook is the most substantial extant source of English liturgical polyphony from the late 15th and very early 16th centuries.

The architectural historian Nicholas Pevsner described the late-perpendicular style of buildings like the chapels of Eton and Kings College, Cambridge, as a union of practical, matter-of-fact spirit with a sense of mystery, and an almost oriental effusion of ornament. What we contemplate in these buildings we may hear mirrored by the music of the Eton Choirbook.

From the 1920s onwards attempts were made to perform and record pieces from the Eton Choirbook but they were hampered both by the technical demands of the music often as thrilling as it is rhythmically complex and metrically unstable and by its relative unfamiliarity to English cathedral choirs. Only in 1968 was a successful attempt madeby Argo to record a selection on two albums, which are united here.

The performers constituted an astute combination of an all-male choral foundation (from St Margaret Street in London) with the professional ensemble of the Purcell Consort of Voices, directed by their founder Grayston Burgess, who died in 2019. The first album documented the setting of the St Matthew Passion by Richard Davy and the second included a selection of motets compact (the Ave Maria of Cornysh and Nesciens Mater of Lambe) and spacious, most notably Brownes Stabat Mater and Fawkners Gaude Rosa. The singing is robust rather than ethereal, and the albums blazed a trail both for this repertoire and style of performance which has been emulated by many professional early-music groups during the past half-century.

Filling out this 2CD set is a third Purcell Consort of Voices album of 15th-century repertoire recorded by Argo and never previously issued complete on CD. The flowing polyphonic style of John Dunstable and the sublime reach of Josquin des Prez are surveyed with both sacred and secular, instrumental and vocal works; highlights include the courtly elegance of Dunstables O Rosa Bella and Josquins affecting tribute to his teacher in the Dploration sur la Mort de Okeghem.

'A very moving and beautiful presentation, and the level of choral and solo singing is quite extraordinary... The recorded sound is faultless.' Stereo Review, December 1969 (Davy)

'The performances are a model of how this music should sound; they are marvellously stylish and very courtly in "affect"... The sound is spectacular.' Stereo Review, October 1972 (Dunstable/Josquin) 'Burgess has clearly shot for the most gorgeous sound obtainable by his group and he has got it. O rosa bella... is one of the loveliest performances of this wonderful song I have ever heard.' High Fidelity, December 1972 (Dunstable/Josquin)

'The singing is robust, not ethereal or grisaille ... these recordings are in some ways the most successful of all Eton Choirbook issues.' Musical Times, May 1997


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