Time to pass in court circles there certainly was – and money to spend in the passing of it too! Lavish entertainments, revelry and dancing, pageants, music and the ritual of the hunt were known to Henry’s queen, Katharine; and all these culminated in the superlative splendours of the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520. This collection of vocal (and some instrumental) pieces are taken from a single manuscript, an early Tudor songbook in the British Museum, known as ‘Henry VIII’s Book’. It continues Eloquence’s exploration of music from the time of The Tudors and here receives its first release on CD.
"[a] most attractive record” Gramophone