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Music from the Chirk Castle Part-Books / Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble

Album Summary

>Mundy, William : Te Deum
>Mundy, William : Benedictus for Treble Voices
>Byrd, William : O God, give ear
>Parsons, Robert : Deliver me from mine enemies
>Tallis, Thomas : Christ Rising, anthem for 5 voices (doubtful, probably by W.Byrd)
>Hooper, Edmund : Behold it is Christ, partsong (from the Chirk Castle Part Book)
>Tye, Christopher : Blessed are all they that fear the Lord
>Parsons, Robert : Burial Service (Funeral Sentences), for chorus (doubtful)
>Deane, William : O Lord, thou hast dealt graciously
>Tallis, Thomas : Absterge Domine
>Caustun, Thomas : Yield unto God the mighty Lord (Psalm 150), partsong (from the Chirk Castle Part Book)
>Tallis, Thomas : Offertory "Not everyone that saith unto me"
>Sheppard, John : Submit yourselves one to another
>Unspecified : The Litany, for trebles (from the Chirk Castle Part Book)
>Sheppard, John : O God be merciful unto us, and bless us
>Deane, William : The grace of our Lord Jesuss
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This disc presents a selection of works from the Chirk Castle part-books, a fascinating collection of devotional music from the Tudor period that remained hidden in the castle library for three hundred years. The manuscripts contain works for unaccompanied voices as well as verse anthems and services, scored for solo voices, chorus and organ. This recording focuses on the unaccompanied items, presenting for the first time a selection of the "full" services and anthems found in the manuscripts, including seven unique to the Chirk collection. Among the "new finds", the most significant are the Te Deum and Benedictus "for trebles" by William Mundy.

'The new works are undoubtedly significant additions to the repertoire. On that count alone this recording is self-recommending. An even greater name among the new additions is that of Tallis ... the predominant sonority is familiarly clear, transparent and assured ... for the sake of the new pieces alone, lovers of this repertory will welcome this enthusiastically' (Gramophone)

'This is a beautifully conceived and exquisitely carried out program with much historical interest' (American Record Guide, USA)

'You will never hear a more judiciously balanced, vocally better matched, nor technically more accomplished choral group than the 12-voice Brabant Ensemble. Founder/director Stephen Rice has assembled an exemplary company of voices aligned with repertoire that ideally suits the group's size and configuration. Combined with excellently recorded sound--from the Merton College Chapel venue favored by many choral ensembles--this production offers a program that's not only historically significant but that's worthy of repeated listening--intellectually involving, aesthetically pleasing, and emotionally engaging. How can you go wrong with that? Highly recommended!' (ClassicsToday.com, USA)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Here, the Brabant Ensemble turn their attention to English repertory of the same period: the Chirk Castle part - books' chequered history began in Wales, where they were copied for the choral establishment of a rich merchant turned landed gentry. One of the part - books was lost fairly early on, and has been reconstructed. It's been worth the effort, for although much of their repertory is known from other sources, a few significant pieces, here recorded for the first time, are not. These include two works by William Mundy, an English Te Deum and a Benedictus. Both are described as being 'for trebles' in the source; both are conceived on a large scale, and are undoubtedly significant additions to the repertoire. On that count alone this recording is self - recommending. An even greater name among the new additions is that of Tallis: his Notevery one that saith unto me is brief indeed, but then how often is the discovery of an unfinished sketch by Mozart or Bach hailed as a 'significant find'? A new departure it may be but the Brabant Ensemble is not on unfamiliar ground, for this is the repertory on which its singers cut their teeth. The predominant sonority is familiarly clear, transparent and assured, though in the lower range the voices are not quite so well defined as at the top. This soft centre is perhaps attributable to the sound recording, which is rather recessed and slightly unfocused. But for the sake of the new pieces alone, lovers of this repertory will welcome this enthusiastically.



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Works Details

>Mundy, William : Te Deum
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Mundy, William : Benedictus for Treble Voices
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : O God, give ear
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : Deliver me from mine enemies
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tallis, Thomas : Christ Rising, anthem for 5 voices (doubtful, probably by W.Byrd)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Hooper, Edmund : Behold it is Christ, partsong (from the Chirk Castle Part Book)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tye, Christopher : Blessed are all they that fear the Lord
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : Burial Service (Funeral Sentences), for chorus (doubtful)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Deane, William : O Lord, thou hast dealt graciously
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tallis, Thomas : Absterge Domine
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Caustun, Thomas : Yield unto God the mighty Lord (Psalm 150), partsong (from the Chirk Castle Part Book)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tallis, Thomas : Offertory "Not everyone that saith unto me"
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sheppard, John : Submit yourselves one to another
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Unspecified : The Litany, for trebles (from the Chirk Castle Part Book)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.

>Sheppard, John : O God be merciful unto us, and bless us
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Deane, William : The grace of our Lord Jesuss
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance