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More sweet to hear — Organs & Voices of Tudor England (OXCD-101)


OXCD-101

The Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge directed by Geoffrey Webber, organist Magnus Williamson

1. Te Deum laudamus Avery Burnett
2. A solis ortus cardine anon. (Thomas Preston?)
3. Lucem tuam – Nunc dimittis (chant) – Lucem tuam John Redford
4. Felix namque es, sacra virgo Maria Thomas Preston
5. The trowmppettus anon. (c. 1540, English)
6. Where grypinge griefes Richard Edwards?
7. Vaine, all our lyfe we spend in vaine (1) John Sheppard
8. Vaine, all our lyfe we spend in vaine (2) John Sheppard
9. Fond youth is a bubble (Purge me, O Lord) Thomas Tallis
10. Gloria tibi Trinitas I John Blitheman
11. O quam glorifica (single verset) John Redford
12. Veni redemptor gentium Thomas Tallis
13. Gloria tibi Trinitas II John Blitheman
14. 81 psalme [Be light and glad] anon. (before 1580)
15. Psalmus: O Lord turn not away Thomas Mulliner?
16. Ut re mi fa sol la William Byrd
17. Teach me, O Lord (Psalm 119, verses 33–8) Byrd
18. Magnificat (from the Second Service) Byrd
19. Out of the deep (Psalm 130) Thomas Morley
20. A verse for two to play on one virginall or organs Nicholas Carleton


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Featuring the Wetheringsett and Wingfield organs as provided by The Early English Organ Project, Royal College of Organists. A 40-page booklet describes the history and use of these type of organs during the Reformation with both sacred and secular, choral and keyboard interpretations of music performed at the time.

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Royal College of Organists
The Early English Organ Project
Gonville & Caius College Choir, Cambridge
Goetze & Gwynne organbuilders
University of Newcastle

EARLY MUSIC TODAY (APRIL/MAY 2007) Caius College Choir under Geoffrey Webber is in excellent voice, and the splendid organist is Magnus Williamson. Nobody interested on 16th-century English music should be without this educational and ground-breaking CD.
CHURCH MUSIC QUARTERLY (JUNE 2007) The Instruments are well worth hearing for their own sakes; but they are beautifully played, too, on this disc, and the singing is first class. The excellent programme notes, which describe in detail both the instruments and the music, also contribute to making this a highly recommendable disc.
ORGANISTS' REVIEW (AUGUST 2007) In such a brief review, I can do little more than strongly urge all readers to take the unique opportunity of opening a previously sealed door into a sound world that the EEOP now make available. To my mind, the bounden duty and service to be exercised in support of this excellent Project is to add this CD to your collection at the earliest opportunity. There is much to read, mark and learn; much also to admire and to enjoy.
GOLDBERG MAGAZINE (DECEMBER 2007) Space is too short here to pay due tribute to this remarkable CD which enables one to hear the two Tudor organs as well as contemporary vocal music. For a detailed account of the music – an array of pieces from the pre-Reformation times to the Elizabethan period, including both liturgical material and secular pieces– I refer the reader to the excellent notes by organist and lecturer Magnus Williamson in the accompanying booklet. The two small organs sound charmingly soft and clear and are a delight to listen to. Both Williamson and the Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge are accomplished interpreters of this music. This is both an important CD to own for anyone interested in the historical development of the organ and a pure jewel of intelligent and sensitive music-making.
EARLY MUSIC (Vol 36/2, MAY 2008) ...Williamson's sensitive touch, stylish ornaments and impeccable registrations show off both organs to best advantage... "More sweet to hear" is a testament to the collaboration of artists and scholars in restoring a lost musical tradition to modern ears. Hopefully it will serve as a model for other forays into early music.
ORGAN YEARBOOK (VOL 3b, 2007) ...The result is a disc of quite exceptional value and at times great, even spectacular beauty, especially in Byrd's Second Service Magnificat ... the booklet is exceptionally valuable, summarizing many of the issues (including pitch, pipe-type, stoplist and compass), discussing the music and its context, and in the process conveying a huge amout of information. At a stroke, the recording, the performances, the notes and the Early English Organ Project as a whole (EEOP) have established a major repertory on a new footing, and have cleared out the various accretions inevitable with music still daily performed in English cathedrals ... the must rank amongst the top English organ CDs of 2007.

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