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Deo gracias Anglia! - Medieval English Carols; The Trinity Carol Roll / Andrew Lawrence-King; Michael Grebil; Pamela Thorby

Audio Samples

>Traditional, Christmas : Hail Marye Ful of Grace, carol (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Nowel, Nowel, Nowel, carol (English)
>Anonymous, English : Alma redemptoris mater
>Traditional, Christmas : Now May We Syngyn, carol (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Be Mery, Be Mery, carol (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Nowell Sing We, carol (English)
>Anonymous, English : Deo gracias Anglia, carol (a.k.a. "Our King Went Forth")
>Traditional, Christmas : Nowel, Nowel!, carol (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Lullay, Lullay, carol (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Princeps pacis
>Traditional, Christmas : Nova! nova! Ave fit ex Eva
>Traditional, Christmas : Tibi laus, tibi gloria
>Traditional, Christmas : Now Make We Merthe, carol (English)
>Anonymous, English : Abide, I Hope It Be the Best, song
>Traditional, Christmas : What Tidings Bringest Thou?
>Anonymous, English Polyphony : Eya martir Stephane, carol for 2 voices
>Anonymous, English : Pray for Us, Thou Prince of Peace, hymn
>Traditional, Christmas : Ther Is No Rose of Swych Vertu, carol (English)

Album Summary

>Traditional, Christmas : Hail Marye Ful of Grace, carol (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Nowel, Nowel, Nowel, carol (English)
>Anonymous, English : Alma redemptoris mater
>Traditional, Christmas : Now May We Syngyn, carol (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Be Mery, Be Mery, carol (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Nowell Sing We, carol (English)
>Anonymous, English : Deo gracias Anglia, carol (a.k.a. "Our King Went Forth")
>Traditional, Christmas : Nowel, Nowel!, carol (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Lullay, Lullay, carol (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Princeps pacis
>Traditional, Christmas : Nova! nova! Ave fit ex Eva
>Traditional, Christmas : Tibi laus, tibi gloria
>Traditional, Christmas : Now Make We Merthe, carol (English)
>Anonymous, English : Abide, I Hope It Be the Best, song
>Traditional, Christmas : What Tidings Bringest Thou?
>Anonymous, English Polyphony : Eya martir Stephane, carol for 2 voices
>Anonymous, English : Pray for Us, Thou Prince of Peace, hymn
>Traditional, Christmas : Ther Is No Rose of Swych Vertu, carol (English)
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Notes & Reviews:

The Trinity Carol Roll (Trinity College, Cambridge) is the earliest known source for the English polyphony carol. The thirteen works preserved therein include the patriotic "Agincourt" carol, celebrating Henry V's victory of the French 1415, and the most famous of all early English carols, "Ther is no rose." This performance offers a fresh take on mediaeval instrumentation and includes gothic harp, psaltry, plectrum lute, recorder, and ethereal gemshorn.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
It was Noah Greenberg who first opened up this literature to collectors with his groundbreaking recordings for American Decca back in the Old Stone Age of "early music" exploration. The first is a direct plunge into the earliest and most important source of the literature, what is known as the Trinity Carol Roll preserved at Trinity College, Cambridge University, which contains 13 archetypal specimens of the genre. All of those are given here, plus five items from other sources. Lawrence-King is also present much of the time, and the harp participations are modest.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011).



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Works Details

>Traditional, Christmas : Hail Marye Ful of Grace, carol (English)
  • Performers: Pamela Thorby (Gemshorn); Pamela Thorby (Recorder); Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic Harp); Michaël Grébil (Lute); Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Nowel, Nowel, Nowel, carol (English)
  • Performers: Pamela Thorby (Recorder); Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery); Pamela Thorby (Gemshorn); Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic Harp); Michaël Grébil (Lute)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas

>Anonymous, English : Alma redemptoris mater
  • Performers: Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic Harp); Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery); Michaël Grébil (Lute); Pamela Thorby (Recorder); Pamela Thorby (Gemshorn)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Traditional, Christmas : Now May We Syngyn, carol (English)
  • Performers: Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery); Pamela Thorby (Gemshorn); Pamela Thorby (Recorder); Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic Harp); Michaël Grébil (Lute)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Be Mery, Be Mery, carol (English)
  • Performers: Pamela Thorby (Recorder); Pamela Thorby (Gemshorn); Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic Harp); Michaël Grébil (Lute); Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Written: 14th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : Nowell Sing We, carol (English)
  • Performers: Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic Harp); Michaël Grébil (Lute); Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery); Pamela Thorby (Recorder); Pamela Thorby (Gemshorn)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1450

>Anonymous, English : Deo gracias Anglia, carol (a.k.a. "Our King Went Forth")
  • Performers: Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery); Pamela Thorby (Gemshorn); Pamela Thorby (Recorder); Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic Harp); Michaël Grébil (Lute)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Nowel, Nowel!, carol (English)
  • Performers: Pamela Thorby (Recorder); Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic Harp); Pamela Thorby (Gemshorn); Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery); Michaël Grébil (Lute)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Lullay, Lullay, carol (English)
  • Performers: Pamela Thorby (Recorder); Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery); Michaël Grébil (Lute); Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic Harp); Pamela Thorby (Gemshorn)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Princeps pacis
  • Performers: Pamela Thorby (Gemshorn); Pamela Thorby (Recorder); Michaël Grébil (Lute); Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery); Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Nova! nova! Ave fit ex Eva
  • Performers: Michaël Grébil (Lute); Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic Harp); Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery); Pamela Thorby (Recorder); Pamela Thorby (Gemshorn)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Tibi laus, tibi gloria
  • Performers: Pamela Thorby (Recorder); Pamela Thorby (Gemshorn); Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic Harp); Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery); Michaël Grébil (Lute)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Traditional, Christmas : Now Make We Merthe, carol (English)
  • Performers: Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery); Pamela Thorby (Gemshorn); Pamela Thorby (Recorder); Michaël Grébil (Lute); Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic Harp)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.

>Anonymous, English : Abide, I Hope It Be the Best, song
  • Performers: Michaël Grébil (Lute); Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic Harp); Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery); Pamela Thorby (Gemshorn); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : What Tidings Bringest Thou?
  • Performers: Pamela Thorby (Recorder); Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery); Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic Harp); Pamela Thorby (Gemshorn); Michaël Grébil (Lute)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Anonymous, English Polyphony : Eya martir Stephane, carol for 2 voices
  • Performers: Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery); Pamela Thorby (Gemshorn); Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic Harp); Pamela Thorby (Recorder); Michaël Grébil (Lute)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1400-1450

>Anonymous, English : Pray for Us, Thou Prince of Peace, hymn
  • Performers: Pamela Thorby (Gemshorn); Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery); Pamela Thorby (Recorder); Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic Harp); Michaël Grébil (Lute)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1450

>Traditional, Christmas : Ther Is No Rose of Swych Vertu, carol (English)
  • Performers: Andrew Lawrence-King (Gothic Harp); Michaël Grébil (Lute); Pamela Thorby (Gemshorn); Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Ensemble: Alamire
  • Notes: The Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge (09/01/2011-09/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas