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John Taverner (c.1490-1545)

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Taverner: Four motets

Taverner: Four motets


Taverner:

O Wilhelme, pastor bone

Dum transisset Sabbatum II

Missa Sancti Wilhelmi 'Small Devotion Mass'

Ex eius tumba


'A splendid introduction for those who have yet to discover the riches of early Tudor music' (CDReview)

“The Missa Sancti Wilhelmi isn't one of Taverner's best known works, but there's no reason why this should be the case. Though it doesn't have the sometimes rather wild melodic beauty of the sixvoice Masses, it's nevertheless an impressive work in a more modern imitative style, in keeping with its model O Wilhelme, pastor bone. The Sixteen perform with their customary clarity and precision, and convey enthusiasm even in the somewhat syllabic Gloria and Credo movements of the Mass, something which isn't always easy to do.
While both the 'Wilhelm' works and Dum transissetSabbatum are among Taverner's later works, there's no doubt at all that Ex eius tumba is one of the earliest. It's firmly late medieval in style, and the intricate tracery of its construction makes a thought-provoking contrast to the pieces in a more 'continental' imitative style. At 15 minutes this is a substantial composition, and one can only be surprised that it's so little known. Dum transissetSabbatum is, however, the high point of the disc, and if The Sixteen do not quite attain the ecstatic heights achieved in the recording by The Tallis Scholars, neither do they fail to rise to Taverner's inspiration.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Taverner: Missa Corona Spinea, etc.

Taverner:

Missa Corona Spinea

Gaude plurimum

In pace, in idipsum


Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

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Taverner: Missa Mater Christi Sanctissima & other choral works

Taverner: Missa Mater Christi Sanctissima & other choral works


Taverner:

Hodie nobis caelorum rex

Mater Christi sanctissima

Magnificat a 4 - Nesciens mater

Quemadmodum a 6

Missa Mater Christi sanctissima

In nomine a 4


'These reissues epitomise the qualities that make The Sixteen one of Britain's outstanding choral groups: distilled purity of sound: impeccable ensemble and intonation; long-breathed lines. Harry Christophers takes an introspective view of Taverner's monumental Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas, producing a performance of untrammelled serenity.' (BBC Music Magazine)

“The Sixteen offer an impressive account of Taverner's five-part Missa Mater Christi sanctissima, based on his votive anthem of the same name.
It's a lively and vigorous work, beautifully crafted, and this performance amply matches its craftsmanship. Harry Christophers attempts no liturgical reconstruction, concentrating instead upon sheer musical quality. Three female sopranos replace the boy trebles. The music is pitched up a tone, which has the effect of adding brilliance to every climax. He demonstrates the good acoustic of St Jude's in Hampstead – an acoustic of space and definition, ideal for the interweaving of the strands of early Tudor polyphony; indeed, clarity and a sense of space are hallmarks of the recording. The supporting programme of the Christmas responsory, Hodie, the votive anthem Mater Christi and a four-part Magnificat is completed – unexpectedly but most delightfully – by two pieces for viols.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Taverner: Missa Mater Christi sanctissima & Western Wynde Mass

Taverner: Missa Mater Christi sanctissima & Western Wynde Mass


Taverner:

Mater Christi Sanctissima

Missa Mater Christi sanctissima

Mass 'The Western Wynde'


Two of the undisputed choral masterpieces from sixteenth-century England, by one of the greatest English composers: John Taverner’s Missa Mater Christi sanctissima and Western Wynde Mass. The five hundred years since the works’ genesis are but as a watch in the night in these sublime performances from Westminster Abbey Choir and James O’Donnell.

“These are very sound, lucid performances in every sense…in comparison with the Taverner Consort, James O’Donnell’s reading of Western Wynde is rather softer-centred, but…a work as resourcefully inventive as this both sustains and deserves such contrasting approaches” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

“Performances that are beautifully judged in both their balance and shaping.” MusicWeb International, 19th October 2016

“Taverner’s Missa Mater Christi sanctissima has rarely been recorded, not least because a missing tenor part needs reconstructive surgery. Francis Steele has brilliantly effected the rescue, transplanting where possible the tenor from the motet (also performed) on which the piece is based. It’s sung with luminescent warmth.” Sunday Times, 7th August 2016

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Taverner: Missa O Michael, Kyrie 'Le Roy', Dum transisset Sabbatum

Taverner: Missa O Michael, Kyrie 'Le Roy', Dum transisset Sabbatum


Taverner:

Archangeli Michaelis Interventione

Kyrie 'Le Roy'

Missa O Michael

Dum transisset Sabbatum I


'There are so many special moments that if you are a Taverner fan all I can do is to recommend strongly that you sample this CD' (CDReview)

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Taverner: Western Wynde Mass, O splendor gloriae, Te Deum

Taverner: Western Wynde Mass, O splendor gloriae, Te Deum


Taverner:

O splendor gloriae

Te Deum

Alleluia. Veni, electa mea

Mass 'The Western Wynde'


'A definitive performance of this glorious work ... superbly recorded' (Classic CD)

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John Taverner: Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas & Audivi vocem de coelo

John Taverner: Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas & Audivi vocem de coelo


Taverner:

Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas

Audivi vocem de coelo


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The Golden Age of English Polyphony

The Golden Age of English Polyphony


Fayrfax:

Aeternae Laudis Lilium

Missa Albanus

Mundy, W:

O Lord, the maker of all things

Videte miraculum

Sive vigilem

Ah, helpless wretch

Vox Patris caelestis

Kyrie ‘Orbis factor’

O Lord, the world's Saviour

Magnificat

Nunc dimittis

The secret sins

Beatus et sanctus

Adolescentulus sum ego

Sheppard, J:

Cantate Mass

Salvator mundi Domine

Verbum caro factum est

Laudem dicite Deo

Reges Tharsis et insulae

In manus tuas I

Filiae Hierusalem venite

In pace in idipsum

Paschal Kyrie

Jesu salvator saeculi, verbum

Mass 'The Western Wynde'

The Second Service

Te Deum laudamus

Spiritus sanctus I

Justi in perpetuum vivent

Libera nos 1 & II

Audivi vocem de caelo

Deus tuorum militum I

Ave maris stella

Jesu salvator saeculi, redemptis

Spiritus Sanctus procedens II

Beata nobis gaudia

In manus tuas II

Gaude gaude gaude Maria

Haec dies quam fecit Dominus

Impetum fecerunt unanimes

Dum transisset Sabbatum I

Sancte Dei pretiose

Sacris solemniis

Hostes Herodes impie

Dum transisset Sabbatum II

In manus tuas III

Aeterne Rex altissime

Taverner:

Archangeli Michaelis Interventione

Kyrie 'Le Roy'

Missa O Michael

Dum transisset Sabbatum I

Gaude plurimum

Ex eius tumba

Missa Corona Spinea

In pace, in idipsum

O splendor gloriae

Te Deum

Alleluia. Veni, electa mea

Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas

In nomine a 4

Audivi vocem de coelo

Dum transisset Sabbatum II

Hodie nobis caelorum rex

Mater Christi Sanctissima

Magnificat a 4 - Nesciens mater

Quemadmodum a 6

Missa Mater Christi sanctissima

Mass 'The Western Wynde'

O Wilhelme, pastor bone

Missa Sancti Wilhelmi 'Small Devotion Mass'


When The Sixteen embarked upon their recording career back in 1982, few would have been able to predict quite how successful they would become, or how far they would go towards rehabilitating the little-known and barely recorded music of these four master composers of the sixteenth century.

In this their 30th anniversary year, we join them in celebrating a Golden Age of Polyphony, and of music-making, by presenting their twelve discs of this repertoire in an attractively packaged (and priced) 10-CD remastered set.

“English choral music at its finest.” The Observer, 29th November 2009

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