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The Tudors at Prayer - Latin sacred music by Taverner, Tallis, Mundy, White & Byrd / Magnificat, Cave

Album Summary

>Mundy, William : Vox patris caelestis
>Mundy, William : Adhaesit pavimento
>White, Robert : Tota pulchra es
>Taverner, John [Composer] : Quemadmodum, for 6 parts, perhaps for viols
>Mundy, William : Adolescentulus Sum Ego, for 6 voices
>White, Robert : Domine quis habitavit
>Tallis, Thomas : Suscipe quaeso, motet for 7 voices, P. 222
>Byrd, William : Tribue Domine
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Continuing its exploration of Tudor Latin sacred music, 'The Tudors At Prayer' sees Magnificat perform music by Taverner, Tallis, Mundy, White and Byrd. Magnificat is one of the world's premier vocal ensembles whose recordings have met with huge critical acclaim: Spem in alium was hailed as 'quite the best performance of Tallis's 40-part Spem in alium that I have heard' by Gramophone and was 'First Choice' in Building A Library on BBC Radio 3's CD Review.

Sunday Times, 25th May 2014
The singers of Magnificat are acutely responsive to [Mundy's] architecture.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2014
Cave creates some revelatory readings...For clarity, nuance and intimacy, Magnificat's 18 vocalists are unmatched. They sustain lines of eye-popping length, delicately articulating imitative points without compromising blend, and offering a timbral mix which ranges from pure-toned treble to rumbling bass.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Cave and Magnificat display excellent choral technique and discipline. The voices have an almost reedy edge, and that is good for clarifying contrapuntal lines. I sometimes found myself wishing for a warmer and less forward tone, perhaps like The Sixteen in comparable repertory. Among the specialties of Cave and his choir is the presentation of neglected works by English composers of the 16th Century. I was highly impressed with their recording "Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang", containing music by Robert Parsons, Robert White, and William Byrd (Linn 417; Mar/Apr 2013, p 221). The present recording is a fitting sequel.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. George's Chesterton, Cambridge, UK (01/14/2013-01/17/2013).



Reviews

Beautifully sung
Though the theme is somewhat narrowly defined, (English sacred music 1560-1590), there's a surprising amount of variety in this program. Henry VII created the Anglican church, though it had very little change on the sacred music John Tavener and Thomas Tallis composed. His daughter, Mary I, reinstated the Catholic church, and the music of her time by William Mundi and Robert White, reflect that return to tradition. Elizabeth I, like her father an ardent music-lover, brought back the Anglican church, and the sacred music of her time seems more cosmopolitan, somehow. The sacred works of William Byrd don't follow quite follow tradition as closely.

Magnificat performs all these works with appropriate interpretation, making it easier to hear the subtle differences between works written for monarchs with conflicting agendas.The sound is spacious, as befitting the chapels and cathedrals for which these works were written, with just enough ambiance to make the ensemble sound full, without obscuring the contrapuntal lines within.
Submitted on 12/12/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Mundy, William : Vox patris caelestis
  • Conductor: Philip Cave
  • Ensemble: Magnificat
  • Notes: St. George's Chesterton, Cambridge, UK (01/14/2013-01/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Mundy, William : Adhaesit pavimento
  • Conductor: Philip Cave
  • Ensemble: Magnificat
  • Notes: St. George's Chesterton, Cambridge, UK (01/14/2013-01/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>White, Robert : Tota pulchra es
  • Conductor: Philip Cave
  • Ensemble: Magnificat
  • Notes: St. George's Chesterton, Cambridge, UK (01/14/2013-01/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Taverner, John [Composer] : Quemadmodum, for 6 parts, perhaps for viols
  • Conductor: Philip Cave
  • Ensemble: Magnificat
  • Notes: St. George's Chesterton, Cambridge, UK (01/14/2013-01/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Mundy, William : Adolescentulus Sum Ego, for 6 voices
  • Conductor: Philip Cave
  • Ensemble: Magnificat
  • Notes: St. George's Chesterton, Cambridge, UK (01/14/2013-01/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>White, Robert : Domine quis habitavit
  • Conductor: Philip Cave
  • Ensemble: Magnificat
  • Notes: St. George's Chesterton, Cambridge, UK (01/14/2013-01/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tallis, Thomas : Suscipe quaeso, motet for 7 voices, P. 222
  • Conductor: Philip Cave
  • Ensemble: Magnificat
  • Notes: St. George's Chesterton, Cambridge, UK (01/14/2013-01/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Byrd, William : Tribue Domine :: Te depricor; Part III
  • Conductor: Philip Cave
  • Ensemble: Magnificat
  • Notes: St. George's Chesterton, Cambridge, UK (01/14/2013-01/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575