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The Rose And The Ostridge Feather - Eton Choirbook Vol 1 / The Sixteen


Release Date: 11/30/2004 
Label:  Coro   Catalog #: 16026   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Robert FayrfaxRichard HygonsEdmund TurgesJohn Browne,   ... 
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Eton choirbook (Eton College MS. 178), the leading source of late fifteenth-century English music, is a splendid production with fine illuminated initial letters and an attractive use of red ink for coloration and the text of solo sections. It is unique among manuscripts of its period in still being preserved in its original home. The Eton choirbook is by far the most important of the few English sources surviving from the period: in fact it is unquestionably one of the greatest monuments of English music in any age.

Although there are serious losses from the manuscript, the remains are sufficient to give a good picture of the large-scale votive antiphon and the alternatim Magnificat in the last quarter of the fifteenth
Read more century. Without them we should know nothing of the work of that truly great composer John Browne, have no complete composition by Richard Davy, and only two pieces by Walter Lambe.

“It is difficult to believe that any 15th or 16th century choir could have sung this music with the refined blend, the rich tone, or the shapeliness shown by The Sixteen, under the direction of Harry Christophers.”- THE TIMES

“wonderful music, wonderfully performed ... sit back and let these glorious sounds fill your ears and lift your spirits.” - GRAMOPHONE

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Works on This Recording

1.
Magnificat regale by Robert Fayrfax
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
2.
Salve regina by Richard Hygons
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
3.
From stormy wyndis by Edmund Turges
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
4.
Stabat iuxta Christi crucem by John Browne
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
5.
This day dawnes by Anonymous
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
6.
Salve regina by William Cornysh
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 

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