Loquebantur: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks

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Loquebantur: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks



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2nd Oct 2015




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Loquebantur: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks

Aston, H:

Hugh Ashton's Maske

Baldwin, J:

Coockow as I me walked




Canon Six in One

Ferrabosco, A I:

Da pacem Domine


Sive vigilem

Hollander, C:

Dum transisset Sabbatum


Ubi est Abel

Mundy, W:

Adolescentulus sum ego

Adhaesit pavimento

Parsons, R:

The Songe called Trumpets

Sheppard, J:

Ave maris stella


Loquebantur variis linguis

Suscipe quaeso Domine


Quemadmodum desiderat cervus



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John Baldwin was a lay clerk at St George’s Chapel, Windsor in 1575 and became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in 1598. The so-called ‘Baldwin Partbooks’, held at Christ Church, Oxford, were his creation – a very personal collection, representing his individual tastes and interests from a wealth of English and Continental polyphony and consort music.

As in their previous collaboration, an exploration of the similarly conceived partbooks of Robert Dow, the Marian Consort and Rose Consort of Viols have kept faith with Baldwin’s own intentions, bringing to light some of the rarer gems preserved by this great advocate and music-lover and providing the listener with ‘such sweete musicke: as dothe much delite yeelde’. The Marian Consort has to date released four CDs with Delphian Records which have met with considerable critical acclaim. The ensemble’s most recent release, of a Christmas mass and motets by Jean Mouton, Cristóbal de Morales and Annibale Stabile (DCD34145), was ‘Christmas Choice’ in BBC Music magazine.

Robert Parsons: The Song Called Trumpets

The Song Called Trumpets

Thomas Tallis: Loquebantur variis linguis

Loquebantur variis linguis

William Mundy: Adolescentulus sum ego

Adolescentulus sum ego

William Byrd: Canon Six in One

Canon Six in One

William Byrd: O salutaris hostia

O salutaris hostia

Hugh Aston: Hugh Aston’s Maske

Hugh Aston’s Maske

Derrick Gerarde: Sive vigilem

Sive vigilem

Elway Bevin: Browning


Alfonso Ferrabosco I: Da pacem Domine

Da pacem Domine

Orlande de Lassus: Ubi est Abel

Ubi est Abel

Christian Hollander: Dum transisset Sabbatum

Dum transisset Sabbatum

Thomas Tallis: Suscipe quaeso Domine

Suscipe quaeso Domine

John Taverner: Quemadmodum


William Mundy: Adhaesit pavimento

Adhaesit pavimento

John Baldwin: Coockow as I me walked

Coockow as I me walked

John Sheppard: Ave maris stella

Ave maris stella

Classical Music

August 2015

“[an] engaging and thoughtfully planned programme … it is a measure of his [John Baldwin] discriminating, adventurous taste as well as the commitment and talent of the performers here recorded so well, that there is not a single unappealing moment. Be equally adventurous and investigate!”

BBC Music Magazine

November 2015

“The most striking feature of this entertainingly varied collection is the consistently fresh, fruit-ripe tonal quality of the Marian Consort's singing…sensitive unison singing, and a firm bass lead from Christopher Borrett set Sheppard's Ave maris stella purposefully in motion. Interpretively it's the programme's finest performance, the pacing more poised and flexible, the text responded to with notable insight and maturity.”

Gramophone Magazine

10th October 2015

“there is…programmatic integrity and a convincing ebb and flow between them.”

CD Review

10th October 2015

“a bright, finely tuned sound…in an attractively balanced recording.”

Cathedral Music

“The splendid Marian Consort sings the music beautifully... to quote Baldwin himself, this thoroughly recommended disc provides "such sweete musicke: as dothe much delite yeelde".”

Early Music Today

June 2016

“The Marian Consort has built an enviable reputation for coolly poised and precisely balanced performances and indeed there are times here when the listener can only sit back and admire, seduced by the sheer beauty of sound.”

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