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Treasures Of Tudor England / The Sixteen


Release Date: 03/11/2008 
Label:  Coro   Catalog #: 16056   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Robert WhiteChristopher TyeRobert Parsons
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The turbulent years of Reformation and religious change in England presented composers working for the church with the continual challenge of having to adapt to rapidly changing musical requirements. Although little is known about the personal religious affiliation of composers such as Tye, Parsons and White, their Latin music represents by far the most interesting and significant musical thought of its time. From Tye's wonderfully idiosyncratic Mass 'Euge bone' and his deeply penitential 'Peccavimus cum patribus nostris', to Parsons much-love 'Ave Maria' with its soaring expansive phrases and the powerful five-voice 'Lamentations' of White, each one of these works is a real gem, waiting to be discovered by a wider audience.

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'A tiny soundbite of Heaven.' - The Times

'...The Sixteen, under Harry Christophers, has developed its own mellifluous, disciplined manner, manicured and highly polished.' - The Daily Telegraph


"The Sixteen are in awesome voice on their latest CD, recorded in the Deptford church where the Tudor playwright Marlowe is commemorated. They have good diction over the stretched syllables and faultless intonation. Strong, bright sopranos, mellifluous basses, well-blended tenors and lithe, unstraining altos are their hallmark. The conductor Harry Christophers chooses six works by three composers, each an underappreciated masterpiece. This is less true of Parsons's Ave Maria, which has become a polyphonic hit in recent years, than it is of Robert White's five-part Lamentations, surely the equal of Tallis's, or Christopher Tye's deeply penitential Peccavimus. We have sinned."

-- Rick Jones, Sunday Times (London) [2/9/2008]

"O bone Jesu, [is] a long piece which in no sense outstays its welcome in the excellent performance which it receives here...The melancholy beauty of the music and the passionate beauty of the singing disarm criticism...The acoustic and recording balance are just right and the notes are informative."

-- Brian Wilson, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Christe qui lux es by Robert White
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2.
Peccavimus cum patribus by Christopher Tye
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 10 Minutes 51 Secs. 
3.
Ave Maria by Robert Parsons
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1560s; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
4.
O bone Jesu by Robert Parsons
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1560s; England 
Length: 13 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5.
Lamentations of Jeremiah a 5 by Robert White
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 22 Minutes 30 Secs. 
6.
Mass "Euge bone": Agnus Dei by Christopher Tye
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Mass "Euge bone" (Tye): Agnus Dei
Ave Maria (Parsons)

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