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Anne Boleyn's Songbook, Music & Passions of a Tudor Queen - works by Mouton, Desprez, Févin, Brumel, Josquin, Sermisy / Alamire, Clare Wilkinson, voice

Album Summary

>Mouton, Jean : Tota pulchra es, motet
>Sermisy, Claudin de : Venez, regrets
>Anonymous : Fer pietatis opem miseris mater, motet (Anne Boleyn Songbook)
>Desprez, Josquin : Stabat mater dolorosa, motet for 5 parts
>Anonymous : Laudate Dominum omnes gentes, Antiphon and Psalm 116
>Anonymous : Maria Magdalena et altera Maria, motet (Anne Boleyn Songbook)
>Anonymous : Forte si dulci Stigium boantem, motet (Anne Boleyn Songbook)
>Anonymous : O virgo virginum, motet (Anne Boleyn Songbook)
>Compere, Loyset : Paranimphus salutat virginem
>Anonymous : Gentilz galans compaingnous, chanson (Anne Boleyn Songbook)
>Févin, Antoine de : Tempus meum est ut revertar, motet (Anne Boleyn Songbook)
>Brumel, Antoine : Quae est ista, for 4 voices
>Desprez, Josquin : Liber generationes Jesu Christi, motet for 4 parts
>Sermisy, Claudin de : Jouyssance vous donneray, chanson, for 4 voices
>Anonymous : Popule meus quid feci tibi, motet (Anne Boleyn Songbook)
>Mouton, Jean : In illo tempore, motet (Anne Boleyn Songbook)
>Brumel, Antoine : Sicut Lilium Inter Spinas for 4 voices
>Desprez, Josquin : Praeter rerum seriem, motet for 6 parts
>Anonymous : O Deathe, Rock Me A-Sleepe
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Notes & Reviews:

Anne Boleyn is without doubt the most famous of Henry VIII's six wives. She was brought up for a time under the guardianship of Margaret of Austria, who was patron to some of the most famous composers in all of Europe, and then in the French court before her return to England in 1522. It was in France where the young Anne developed her keen musical tastes, and when a collection of her favourite works began to be assembled into what is now known as the Anne Boleyn Songbook (Royal College of Music, MS 1070). The book probably remained in her possession until her execution in 1536, when she was accused of adultery with no less than five men including her own brother, George, and lutenist Mark Smeaton. Here Alamire explores the finest works in the Songbook by the greatest composers of the early 16th century, including Compère, Brumel, Mouton, and Josquin. Performances by Alamire are interspersed with French chansons and instrumental items for lute, harp and voice. The programme concludes with a most haunting setting of 'O Deathe rock me asleep', not from the Songbook but possibly linked to Anne's fate while awaiting her execution in the Tower of London.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
The sound is exemplary, and the booklet contains admirable notes and full texts with translations. One bizarre mystery remains. This is a 2-disc set. Those are amplified on discovering that Disc 1 runs for a sensible 62:10, while Disc 2 lasts only 32:12.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015).



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Works Details

>Mouton, Jean : Tota pulchra es, motet
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sermisy, Claudin de : Venez, regrets
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous : Fer pietatis opem miseris mater, motet (Anne Boleyn Songbook)
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Desprez, Josquin : Stabat mater dolorosa, motet for 5 parts
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous : Laudate Dominum omnes gentes, Antiphon and Psalm 116
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.

>Anonymous : Maria Magdalena et altera Maria, motet (Anne Boleyn Songbook)
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous : Forte si dulci Stigium boantem, motet (Anne Boleyn Songbook)
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous : O virgo virginum, motet (Anne Boleyn Songbook)
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Compere, Loyset : Paranimphus salutat virginem
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous : Gentilz galans compaingnous, chanson (Anne Boleyn Songbook)
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Févin, Antoine de : Tempus meum est ut revertar, motet (Anne Boleyn Songbook)
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Brumel, Antoine : Quae est ista, for 4 voices
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Desprez, Josquin : Liber generationes Jesu Christi, motet for 4 parts
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Sermisy, Claudin de : Jouyssance vous donneray, chanson, for 4 voices
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1528

>Anonymous : Popule meus quid feci tibi, motet (Anne Boleyn Songbook)
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Mouton, Jean : In illo tempore, motet (Anne Boleyn Songbook)
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Brumel, Antoine : Sicut Lilium Inter Spinas for 4 voices
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Desprez, Josquin : Praeter rerum seriem, motet for 6 parts
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous : O Deathe, Rock Me A-Sleepe
  • Performers: Jacob Heringman (Lute); Kirsty Whatley (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (05/26/2015-05/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance