Christopher Tye: Missa Euge bone; Peccavimus; Western Wynde Mass / O'Donnell

Audio Samples

>Tye, Christopher : Quaesumus omnipotens Deus, for 6 voices
>Tye, Christopher : Mass "Euge bone"
>Tye, Christopher : Give alms of thy goods
>Tye, Christopher : Christ Rising Again From the Dead, anthem for 6 voices
>Tye, Christopher : Peccavimus cum patribus nostris, motet for 7 voices
>Tye, Christopher : Mass, "Western Wind" for 4 voices
>Tye, Christopher : Nunc Dimittis for 4 voices

Album Summary

>Tye, Christopher : Quaesumus omnipotens Deus, for 6 voices
>Tye, Christopher : Mass "Euge bone"
>Tye, Christopher : Give alms of thy goods
>Tye, Christopher : Christ Rising Again From the Dead, anthem for 6 voices
>Tye, Christopher : Peccavimus cum patribus nostris, motet for 7 voices
>Tye, Christopher : Mass, "Western Wind" for 4 voices
>Tye, Christopher : Nunc Dimittis for 4 voices
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Christopher Tye flourished as a church musician in England during the mid-sixteenth century. A direct contemporary of Thomas Tallis, he held the prestigious post of Master of Choristers at Ely cathedral and successfully managed to compose music for both Protestant and Catholic services during a politically unstable time. He wrote remarkably individual music, characterized by unpredictable cadences and phrases of often unexpectedly startling beauty. The two major works on this recording are his masterful Missa Euge bone for six voices, and his Western Wynde Mass, probably an early work, and likely written as a complement to John Taverner's own mass based on this secular English song. The Westminster Abbey Choir directed by James O'Donnell performs these sparsely beautiful a cappella works with their customary freshness and a sense of grandeur.

"Tye was described as peevish, and it shows. The Gloria of his magnificent Missa Euge bone brings you up short with some startlingly grumpy gestures and intriguing harmonic shifts, but the dark clouds never last long...Westminster Abbey Choir are on brilliant form here, trebles crisp and alert and lay vicars forthright and muscular." -The Observer

International Record Review
Immediately one is introduced to Tye's extraordinary sound-world of unusual cadences and rigorous alternation of high and low voices to achieve impressive effects. All of these are carefully allowed to speak for themselves thanks to the judicious direction of [James O'Donnell]...one is able to savour the excellent diction of the singers.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2012
This disc offers a good sample of Tye's music for both denominations...These are good, sturdy performances. If I have a criticism it is that there's a doggedness about the boy trebles that becomes wearying. Where the men sing alone...the phrasing is more shapely. But the simple, syllabic setting of Give almes of thy goods and the smoothly flowing Nunc dimittis are beautifully done.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (06/20/2011-06/22/2011).



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Works Details

>Tye, Christopher : Quaesumus omnipotens Deus, for 6 voices
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Ensemble: Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tye, Christopher : Mass "Euge bone"
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tye, Christopher : Give alms of thy goods
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tye, Christopher : Christ Rising Again From the Dead, anthem for 6 voices
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tye, Christopher : Peccavimus cum patribus nostris, motet for 7 voices
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tye, Christopher : Mass, "Western Wind" for 4 voices
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tye, Christopher : Nunc Dimittis for 4 voices
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral