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Tudor Church Music from Durham Cathedral (OXCD-106)


OXCD-106

Durham Cathedral Choir & Durham Cathedral Consort of Singers directed by James Lancelot
Keith Wright - Organist


1. A Short Verse - Tomkins
2. A Substantial Verse - Tomkins
3/4. Magnificat & Nunc dimittis from the Great Service - Byrd
5. Fancy July 8, 1647 - Tomkins
6/7. Magnificat & Nunc dimittis from Fourth Evening Service - Batten
8. Fantasia in four parts - Gibbons
9/10. Magnificat & Nunc dimittis from Second Evening Service - Gibbons
11/12. Voluntaries 1 & 2 - Weelkes
13/14. Magnificat & Nunc dimittis from Evening Service for Trebles - Weelkes
15. A Voluntary B.M. Add. Mss. 31403 - Gibbons
16. Hear my prayer, O Lord - Batten


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Following the success of OXCD-101 [More sweet to hear] Organs and Voices of Tudor England, this companion CD features the Wetheringsett organ, and uses editions primarily based on Durham manuscripts. A comprehensive 24pp booklet discusses issues arising from using material from the original part books and accompanied by this replica organ which is based upon design and pitch used around the time these works were composed and performed.

Durham Cathedral
Early English Organ Project
Goetze & Gwynn organbuilders

Martin Clarke, Organists' Review. This disc is a double delight: captivating performances of great clarity from the choirs and organists of Durham Cathedral and a fascinating and thoroughly researched insight into the performance practices of Tudor choral and organ music.
The Wetheringsett Organ posed a number of challenges regarding the performance of the music on this disc; Keith Wright’s excellent booklet notes address these in detail and reveal the careful research that has gone into these performances.  These notes should be required reading for anyone interested in performing Tudor Church Music.
Both the Cathedral Choir and Consort of Singers, under the expert of James Lancelot, sing with clearly focused tone and impeccable textual clarity.  The Wetheringsett Organ provides well-balanced accompaniment, and its tuning creates some moments of refreshing colour.
The organ solos, engagingly performed by James Lancelot and Keith Wright, bring remarkable clarity to the music; the limits of the organ’s keyboard require the pieces to be played at written pitch, which in fact sounds considerably higher than expected by modern standards, giving a much greater degree of textural transparency.

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