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Courts of Heaven: Music from the Eton Choirbook, Vol. 3 - Music of Hampton, Turges, Fawkyner, Browne & Wylkynson / The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Darlington

Notes & Reviews:

This collection of music from the Eton Choirbook, the vast collection of English sacred music from the early Renaissance, is the third in an acclaimed series by Stephen Darlington and the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. A thrilling encounter with the remarkable world of the liturgy of Eton College Chapel in the late 15th century!

A disc to send the spirits soaring. Glorious beyond words.

Early Music Today
The works are ordered so as to provide an especially appealing start (the outstanding Salve regina by Hampton, one-time master of the Lady Chapel choir at Worcester Cathedral) and a truly ravishing 'closer' in the Etonian Wylkynson's own Salve regina, which takes the breath away.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2014
Darlington's selection is of such quality that the gap between major and minor figures is rather narrower than I, for one, had supposed...The stamina shown by the trebles is at all times remarkable, and this particular crop raises the recording nearer to the level of the first in the series than did the second.

Sunday Times, 26th October 2014
The superb Christ Church Cathedral choir here offer five more works from an unparalleled source of English sacred polyphony from the late 15th and early 16th centuries...sung with unfailing elegance.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
The Eton Choirbook is one of the greatest treasures of pre-Reformation English sacred music. It was compiled around 1500 for the use of the chapel of Eton College, whose feast of dedication is the Assumption. Daily Marian devotions with music were prescribed by the college statutes, so it is hardly surprising that many of the items in the choirbook are settings of Marian texts.


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