Tudor City

Audio Samples

>Byrd, William : Ave verum corpus
>     "O Lord, God of Israel"), motet for 4 voices (SATB)
>Cornysh, William : Gaude Virgo Mater Christi for 4 voices
>Smith, Andrew [Composer] : Flos Regalis, for vocal ensemble
>Anonymous, Worcester Fragments : Flos Regalis
>Tallis, Thomas : Nine Tunes from Archbishop Parker's Psalter
>     4. O Come in One to Praise the Lord
>     6. Expend, O Lord, My Plaint of Word
>     3. Why Fum'th in Fight
>     1. Man Blest No Doubt
>     8. God Grant with Grace
>Smith, Andrew [Composer] : Surrexit Christus, for vocal ensemble
>Lambe, Walter : Stella Caeli for 4 voices
>Dunstable, John : Speciosa facta es, antiphon for 3 voices, MB 50 (probably by Binchois)
>Tallis, Thomas : Audivi vocem
>Smith, Andrew [Composer] : To Mock Your Reign, for vocal ensemble
>Taverner, John [Composer] : Magnificat, for 4 voices (sexti toni)
>Smith, Andrew [Composer] : Magnificat a 4, for vocal ensemble
>Tye, Christopher : In pace in idipsum

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : Ave verum corpus
>Cornysh, William : Gaude Virgo Mater Christi for 4 voices
>Smith, Andrew [Composer] : Flos Regalis, for vocal ensemble
>Anonymous, Worcester Fragments : Flos Regalis
>Tallis, Thomas : Nine Tunes from Archbishop Parker's Psalter
>Smith, Andrew [Composer] : Surrexit Christus, for vocal ensemble
>Lambe, Walter : Stella Caeli for 4 voices
>Dunstable, John : Speciosa facta es, antiphon for 3 voices, MB 50 (probably by Binchois)
>Tallis, Thomas : Audivi vocem
>Smith, Andrew [Composer] : To Mock Your Reign, for vocal ensemble
>Taverner, John [Composer] : Magnificat, for 4 voices (sexti toni)
>Smith, Andrew [Composer] : Magnificat a 4, for vocal ensemble
>Tye, Christopher : In pace in idipsum
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Classical vocal quartet New York Polyphony struck a chord with their 2007 Avie debut, I Sing The Birth (AV 2141). It was an Editor's Christmas Choice in BBC Music magazine, and Classic FM awarded it five stars. For their second release, the all-male foursome delivers their signature fusion of historically informed performances in a range of styles. Interspersed among sacred masterpieces of Tudor England are four new works by British-Norwegian composer Andrew Smith, adding a modern harmonic richness and complexity to the album. The result is a compelling synthesis of ancient and contemporary vocal music.

The Independent
The transitions between the ages are seemlessly effected, particularly impressive during back-to-back old and new performances of "Magnificat À Quatre". Recorded in New York's Cathedral of St John the Divine, these are beautifully blended voices of individual distinction

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York, (06/2009).

Tudor City is an Avie Records CD by New York Polyphony, a male vocal quartet based out of the city that never sleeps. This disc was recorded in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, a New York City landmark making a comeback in the wake of a devastating fire in 2008 that altered it forever; New York Polyphony makes use of another New York landmark, the illuminated sign atop ex-hotel Tudor City, as a means of illustrating both concept and the front cover of this collection. Tudor City is, for the most part, made up of music that itself has been proven by fire; English service music written around the time of the Tudor Dynasty. It is high in quality and short in supply, as events within the English Reformation wreaked a heavy toll on the sources of such music; however, New York Polyphony presents a handsome selection, ranging from a piece taken from the so-called "Worcester Fragments" dating from the 14th century to music of William Byrd. Music of contemporary composer Andrew Smith is scattered at points throughout the program; it both coalesces and contrasts with the main selection, being similar in texture but considerably different in color and it is decidedly no less attractive than the other music on the program.

The Cathedral carries with it a very long decay, which works beautifully in some instances and is less than ideal in others; the long trail of the reverberation sometimes obscuring the carefully wrought polyphony sung by the group. But for most ears it will be fine and throughout this is a very beautifully sung and considered selection; anyone with a taste for unaccompanied vocal music should try it out.~Uncle Dave Lewis



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Works Details

>Byrd, William : Ave verum corpus :: "O Lord, God of Israel"), motet for 4 voices (SATB)
  • Performer: New York Polyphony
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1605

>Cornysh, William : Gaude Virgo Mater Christi for 4 voices
  • Performer: New York Polyphony
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Smith, Andrew [Composer] : Flos Regalis, for vocal ensemble
  • Performer: New York Polyphony
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Anonymous, Worcester Fragments : Flos Regalis
  • Performer: New York Polyphony
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.

>Tallis, Thomas : Nine Tunes from Archbishop Parker's Psalter :: 4. O Come in One to Praise the Lord
  • Performer: New York Polyphony
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>Tallis, Thomas : Nine Tunes from Archbishop Parker's Psalter :: 6. Expend, O Lord, My Plaint of Word
  • Performer: New York Polyphony
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>Smith, Andrew [Composer] : Surrexit Christus, for vocal ensemble
  • Performer: New York Polyphony
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lambe, Walter : Stella Caeli for 4 voices
  • Performer: New York Polyphony
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dunstable, John : Speciosa facta es, antiphon for 3 voices, MB 50 (probably by Binchois)
  • Performer: New York Polyphony
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1410-1453

>Tallis, Thomas : Audivi vocem
  • Performer: New York Polyphony
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1540-1560

>Tallis, Thomas : Nine Tunes from Archbishop Parker's Psalter :: 3. Why Fum'th in Fight
  • Performer: New York Polyphony
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>Smith, Andrew [Composer] : To Mock Your Reign, for vocal ensemble
  • Performer: New York Polyphony
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tallis, Thomas : Nine Tunes from Archbishop Parker's Psalter :: 1. Man Blest No Doubt
  • Performer: New York Polyphony
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>Tallis, Thomas : Nine Tunes from Archbishop Parker's Psalter :: 8. God Grant with Grace
  • Performer: New York Polyphony
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>Taverner, John [Composer] : Magnificat, for 4 voices (sexti toni)
  • Performer: New York Polyphony
  • Running Time: 10 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Smith, Andrew [Composer] : Magnificat à 4, for vocal ensemble
  • Performer: New York Polyphony
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Tye, Christopher : In pace in idipsum
  • Performer: New York Polyphony
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance