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Music from The Eton Choirbook - choral works by Lambe, Stratford, Davy, Browne, Kellyk, Wylkynson / Tonus Peregrinus

Audio Samples

>Lambe, Walter : Nesciens Mater for 5 voices
>William, Monk of Stratford : Magnificat
>Plainchant : Nesciens mater, antiphon
>Davy, Richard : Saint Matthew Passion
>Browne, John : Stabat mater
>Kellyk, Hugh : Magnificat for 5 voices
>Wylkynson, Robert : Jesus autem transiens / Credo in Deum

Album Summary

>Lambe, Walter : Nesciens Mater for 5 voices
>William, Monk of Stratford : Magnificat
>Plainchant : Nesciens mater, antiphon
>Davy, Richard : Saint Matthew Passion
>Browne, John : Stabat mater
>Kellyk, Hugh : Magnificat for 5 voices
>Wylkynson, Robert : Jesus autem transiens / Credo in Deum
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Eton Choirbook is a giant 500 year-old manuscript from Eton College Chapel, and one of the greatest surviving glories of pre-Reformation England. This recording features the earliest polyphonic Passion by a named composer, two heartrending motets for five and six voices, two thrilling settings of the Magnificat, and an extraordinary canon in 13 parts, Jesus autem transiens. The ensemble TONUS PEREGRINUS has been widely acclaimed, not least for its "richly sung and very well recorded" program of Orlando Gibbons, L'Estrange, and Pitts. (The Penguin Guide on 8.557681). TONUS PEREGRINUS was founded by the composer Antony Pitts in 1990, and today is an established ensemble in Britain and abroad with a significant discography. At the core of TONUS PEREGRINUS are a dozen singers who combine their diverse expertise to interpret a repertoire ranging from the end of the Dark Ages to scores where the ink is still wet.

The Times, August 2012
The 15th-century collection of sacred music known as the Eton Choirbook is regularly extolled but far less often performed. So three cheers to Antony Pitts's subtly expressive choir Tonus Peregrinus...These ravishing melismas seem to lead the ear on and on towards eternity - as, probably, they were intended to do.

The Observer, August 2012
This new collection...is exceptionally successful and sonorous...the incomplete chant-based Matthew Passion by Richard Davy makes a strong centrepiece, while for sheer contrapuntal virtuosity you cannot beat the oddest piece, the final 13-part canon by Robert Wylkynson.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2012
These performances are commendable, displaying unearthly breath control in the long phrases of works such as Kellyk's Magnificat, and great clarity of texture in the dense counterpoint typical of these pieces.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012
Listeners need not expect the crystalline textures of the specialist Tudor music groups in such music. The high-quality recording technique brings out quite a few different kinds of voice here, with different degrees of vibrato and different approaches to musical line; but, within those limitations, the CD is an undoubted success.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
The recorded sound is remarkably clear and warm, thanks to a pair of experimental microphones devised by recording engineer Geoff Miles to reduce what he calls "intermodulation", a non-harmonic distortion in high resolution recording that produces a hard or glassy tone. On the evidence of this recording, he is on the right track.

Choir & Organ
The subtle, non-treble-dominated approach taken by Tonus Peregrinus gladdens the heart. In a wonderful program... they radiate delight in the music with exemplary accuracy and delicacy of interpretation.

MusicWeb International, April 2013
Unless you insist on boys' voices rather than those of women, this mixed-voice choir deserves your surely delighted attention...At every turn these are fine performances, excellently recorded by Geoff Miles using new, experimental microphones with happy results.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (07/11/2011-07/14/2011).



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Works Details

>Lambe, Walter : Nesciens Mater for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Antony Pitts
  • Ensemble: Tonus Peregrinus
  • Notes: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (07/11/2011-07/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>William, Monk of Stratford : Magnificat
  • Conductor: Antony Pitts
  • Notes: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (07/11/2011-07/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Plainchant : Nesciens mater, antiphon
  • Conductor: Antony Pitts
  • Notes: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (07/11/2011-07/14/2011)
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Davy, Richard : Saint Matthew Passion
  • Conductor: Antony Pitts
  • Notes: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (07/11/2011-07/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Browne, John : Stabat mater
  • Conductor: Antony Pitts
  • Notes: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (07/11/2011-07/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Kellyk, Hugh : Magnificat for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Antony Pitts
  • Notes: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (07/11/2011-07/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Wylkynson, Robert : Jesus autem transiens / Credo in Deum
  • Conductor: Antony Pitts
  • Notes: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (07/11/2011-07/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance