Anne Boleyn’s Songbook

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Anne Boleyn’s Songbook

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Catalogue No:

CD715

Discs:

2

Release date:

11th Sept 2015

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0658592071528

Length:

94 minutes

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CD (download also available)

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Anne Boleyn’s Songbook

Music and Passions of a Tudor Queen


anon.:

Fer pietatis opem miseris mater

Forte si dulci Stigium boantem

Gentilz galans compaingnons

Laudate Dominum omnes gentes

Maria Magdalena et altera Maria

O Death Rock me Asleep

O virgo virginum

Popule meus quid feci tibi

Venes regrets, venes tous

Brumel, A:

Que est ista

Sicut lilium

Compère:

Paranymphus

Despres:

Liber generationis

Praeter rerum seriem

Stabat mater dolorosa

Févin:

Tempus meum est ut revertar

Mouton, J:

In illo tempore

Tota pulchra es

Sermisy:

Joyssance vous donneray


Clare Wilkinson (voice), Jacob Heringman (lute) & Kirsty Whatley (harp)

Alamire, David Skinner

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Anne Boleyn is without doubt the most famous of Henry VIII’s six wives. She was brought up for a time under the guardianship of Margaret of Austria, who was patron to some of the most famous composers in all of Europe, and then in the French court before her return to England in 1522.

It was in France where the young Anne developed her keen musical tastes, and when a collection of her favourite works began to be assembled into what is now known as the Anne Boleyn Songbook (Royal College of Music, MS 1070). The book probably remained in her possession until her execution in 1536, when she was accused of adultery with no less than five men including her own brother, George, and lutenist Mark Smeaton.

Here Alamire explores the finest works in the Songbook by the greatest composers of the early 16th century, including Compère, Brumel, Mouton and Josquin. Performances by Alamire are interspersed with French chansons and instrumental items for lute, harp and voice.

The programme concludes with a most haunting setting of ‘O Deathe rock me asleep’, not from the Songbook but possibly linked to Anne’s fate while awaiting her execution in the Tower of London.

Jean Mouton: Tota pulchra es

Tota pulchra es

Anonymous: Venes regrets, venes tous [Anne Boleyn Songbook: Royal College of Music, MS 1070]

Venes regrets, venes tous [Anne Boleyn Songbook: Royal College of Music, MS 1070]

Fer pietatis opem miseris mater [Anne Boleyn Songbook: Royal College of Music, MS 1070]

Josquin des Prez: Stabat mater

Stabat mater

Anonymous: Laudate Dominum omnes gentes [Anne Boleyn Songbook: Royal College of Music, MS 1070] (arr. D. Skinner for choir)

Laudate Dominum omnes gentes [Anne Boleyn Songbook: Royal College of Music, MS 1070] (arr. D. Skinner for choir)

Maria Magdalena et altera Maria [Anne Boleyn Songbook: Royal College of Music, MS 1070]

Forte si dulci Stigium boantem [Anne Boleyn Songbook: Royal College of Music, MS 1070]

O virgo virginum [Anne Boleyn Songbook: Royal College of Music, MS 1070]

Loyset Compère: Paranimphus salutat virginem (arr. D. Skinner for choir)

Paranimphus salutat virginem (arr. D. Skinner for choir)

Anonymous: Gentilz galans compaingnons [Anne Boleyn Songbook: Royal College of Music, MS 1070] (arr. D. Skinner for choir)

Gentilz galans compaingnons [Anne Boleyn Songbook: Royal College of Music, MS 1070] (arr. D. Skinner for choir)

Antoine de Févin: Tempus meum est (arr. D. Skinner for choir)

Tempus meum est (arr. D. Skinner for choir)

Antoine Brumel: Quae est ista (arr. D. Skinner for choir)

Quae est ista (arr. D. Skinner for choir)

Josquin des Prez: Liber generationis Jesu Christi (arr. D. Skinner for choir)

Liber generationis Jesu Christi (arr. D. Skinner for choir)

Claudin de Sermisy: Missa plurium modulorum: Jouyssance vous donneray

Jouyssance vous donneray

Anonymous: Improperia, "Popule meus, quid feci tibi?"

Improperia, "Popule meus, quid feci tibi?" [Anne Boleyn Songbook: Royal College of Music, MS 1070]

Jean Mouton: In illo tempore: Accesserunt ad Jesum (arr. D. Skinner for choir)

In illo tempore: Accesserunt ad Jesum (arr. D. Skinner for choir)

Antoine Brumel: Sicut lilium inter spinas (arr. D. Skinner for choir)

Sicut lilium inter spinas (arr. D. Skinner for choir)

Josquin des Prez: Praeter rerum seriem

Praeter rerum seriem

Anonymous: O Deathe, Rock Me A-Sleepe [16th Century]

O Deathe, Rock Me A-Sleepe [Anne Boleyn Songbook: Royal College of Music, MS 1070]

BBC Music Magazine

December 2015

*****

“Alamire's sound is robust and muscular, full-bodied rather than pristine. Mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson sings the solo songs with ingenuous simplicity, subtly inflecting the words with period pronuciation…this trove never grows monotonous and, even after an hour-and-a-half of music, one is left longing to hear more.”

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