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Loquebantur: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks - works by Hugh Aston, John Baldwin, Taverner, Derrick Gerarde, Sheppard, Elway Bevin, Ferrabosco, Tallis, Christian Hollander, Mundy, Byrd, Parsons

Album Summary

>Parsons, Robert : Mr. Parsons his Songe "The Songe called Trumpetts"
>Tallis, Thomas : Loquebantur variis linguis
>Mundy, William : Adolescentulus Sum Ego, for 6 voices
>Byrd, William : Canon 6 in 1 (and 4 in 2)
>Byrd, William : O salutaris hostia, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
>Aston, Hugh : Ashton's maske, for voice & ensemble
>Gerarde, Derick : Sive vigilem, motet
>Bevin, Elway : Browning a 3
>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : Da pacem Domine
>Lassus, Orlando de : Ubi est Abel, motet for 5 voices, M. xvii (S. vii/80)
>Hollander, Christian : Dum transisset Sabbatum
>Tallis, Thomas : Suscipe quaeso, motet for 7 voices, P. 222
>Taverner, John [Composer] : Quemadmodum, for 6 parts, perhaps for viols
>Mundy, William : Adhaesit pavimento
>Baldwin, John : Coockow as I me walked
>Sheppard, John : Ave Maris Stella for 6 voices
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

John Baldwin was a lay clerk at St George's Chapel, Windsor in 1575 and became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in 1598. The so-called 'Baldwin Partbooks', held at Christ Church, Oxford, were his creation - a very personal collection, representing his individual tastes and interests from a wealth of English and Continental polyphony and consort music. As in their previous collaboration, an exploration of the similarly conceived partbooks of Robert Dow, the Marian Consort and Rose Consort of Viols have kept faith with Baldwin's own intentions, bringing to light some of the rarer gems preserved by this great advocate and music-lover and providing the listener with 'such sweete musicke: as dothe much delite yeelde'. The Marian Consort has to date released four recordings with Delphian Records which have met with considerable critical acclaim. The ensemble's most recent release, of a Christmas mass and motets by Jean Mouton, Cristóbal de Morales and Annibale Stabile (DCD34145), was 'Christmas Choice' in BBC Music magazine.

BBC Music Magazine
The most striking feature of this entertainingly varied collection is the consistently fresh, fruit-ripe tonal quality of the Marian Consort's singing…sensitive unison singing, and a firm bass lead from Christopher Borrett set Sheppard's Ave maris stella purposefully in motion. Interpretively it's the programme's finest performance, the pacing more poised and flexible, the text responded to with notable insight and maturity.

CD Review, 10th October 2015
A bright, finely tuned sound... in an attractively balanced recording.

Classical Music, August 2015
[An] engaging and thoughtfully planned programme ... it is a measure of his [John Baldwin] discriminating, adventurous taste as well as the commitment and talent of the performers here recorded so well, that there is not a single unappealing moment. Be equally adventurous and investigate!

Gramophone Magazine, 10th October 2015
There is... programmatic integrity and a convincing ebb and flow between them.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
This recording has 16 pieces from the collection. The title comes from Tallis's 'Loquebantur Variis Linguis', an office respond for Pentecost. 7 of the 16 pieces are performed by the Rose Consort of Viols. Some of these are untexted pieces from the manuscript, but others are instrumental performances of vocal pieces, a common practice of the time. These instrumental performances are serenely understated.

The vocal works are performed by the Marian Consort, a group of young British singers with one voice to a part. Their ensemble is like clockwork, but with a fine sense of phrase and effective projection of the character of the music, whether exuberant like Tallis's 'Loquebantur' or penitential like Mundy's 'Adolescentulus Sum Ego'.

Recently I reviewed a recording of music from the Baldwin Partbooks performed by the vocal ensemble Contrapunctus under the direction of Owen Rees (Signum 408; July/Aug 2015). That recording is the first of a series of music from the partbooks. The plan for that series is for each recording to contain music on a specific devotional theme, drawing selections from the whole chronological range of the collection. The theme for that first recording is contemplation of death. Two pieces are common to both recordings: 'Sive Vigilem' by Derrick Gerarde (fl c1540-1580), a Flemish composer in the service of the Fitzalan and Lumley families in Arundel, and Taverner's 'Quemadmodum'. The performance standard on both recordings is outstanding.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/08/2015-01/11/2015).



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>Parsons, Robert : Mr. Parsons his Songe "The Songe called Trumpetts"
  • Performers: John Bryan (Tenor Viola); Roy Marks (Tenor Viola)
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/08/2015-01/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tallis, Thomas : Loquebantur variis linguis
  • Performers: Christopher Borrett; Daniel Collins (Voice); Guy Cutting (Treble); Gwendolen Martin; Rory McCleery; Rupert Reid; Emma Walshe
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/08/2015-01/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1540-1560

>Mundy, William : Adolescentulus Sum Ego, for 6 voices
  • Performers: Christopher Borrett; Daniel Collins (Voice); Guy Cutting (Treble); Rory McCleery; Rupert Reid; Emma Walshe
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/08/2015-01/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Canon 6 in 1 (and 4 in 2)
  • Performers: John Bryan (Tenor Viola); Roy Marks (Tenor Viola)
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/08/2015-01/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : O salutaris hostia, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
  • Performers: Christopher Borrett; Daniel Collins (Voice); Guy Cutting (Treble); Rory McCleery; Ashley Turnell (Tenor); Emma Walshe
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/08/2015-01/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Aston, Hugh : Ashton's maske, for voice & ensemble
  • Performers: John Bryan (Organ); Roy Marks (Tenor Viola)
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/08/2015-01/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gerarde, Derick : Sive vigilem, motet
  • Performers: Christopher Borrett; Guy Cutting (Treble); Gwendolen Martin; Rory McCleery; Rupert Reid; Emma Walshe
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/08/2015-01/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Bevin, Elway : Browning a 3
  • Performers: John Bryan (Tenor Viola); Roy Marks (Tenor Viola)
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/08/2015-01/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : Da pacem Domine
  • Performers: Christopher Borrett; Guy Cutting (Treble); Gwendolen Martin; Rory McCleery; Ashley Turnell (Tenor); Emma Walshe
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/08/2015-01/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lassus, Orlando de : Ubi est Abel, motet for 5 voices, M. xvii (S. vii/80)
  • Performers: Ibi Aziz (Tenor Viola); John Bryan (Tenor Viola)
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/08/2015-01/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Hollander, Christian : Dum transisset Sabbatum
  • Performers: Christopher Borrett; Guy Cutting (Treble); Gwendolen Martin; Rory McCleery; Ashley Turnell (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/08/2015-01/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tallis, Thomas : Suscipe quaeso, motet for 7 voices, P. 222
  • Performers: Christopher Borrett; Daniel Collins (Voice); Guy Cutting (Treble); Gwendolen Martin; Rory McCleery; Rupert Reid; Emma Walshe
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/08/2015-01/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Taverner, John [Composer] : Quemadmodum, for 6 parts, perhaps for viols
  • Performers: John Bryan (Tenor Viola); Roy Marks (Tenor Viola)
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/08/2015-01/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Mundy, William : Adhaesit pavimento
  • Performers: Christopher Borrett; Daniel Collins (Voice); Guy Cutting (Treble); Gwendolen Martin; Rory McCleery; Rupert Reid; Emma Walshe
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/08/2015-01/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Baldwin, John : Coockow as I me walked
  • Performer: Peter Wendland (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/08/2015-01/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sheppard, John : Ave Maris Stella for 6 voices
  • Performers: Christopher Borrett; Daniel Collins (Voice); Guy Cutting (Treble); Gwendolen Martin; Rory McCleery; Rupert Reid; Emma Walshe
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/08/2015-01/11/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance