Robert White (d.1574) was an English composer who lived and wrote in turbulent musical times - born in the early 1530s shortly before Henry VIII embarked on the policies that would lead to a break with the church in Rome and unleash a wave of destruction on English religious institutions and their fabric. Gallicantus is a new vocal group that specialises in works from the Renaissance, with members drawn from the ranks of worldclass choir Tenebrae.Their performances reflect the precision of Tenebrae, combined with a passion and commitment to crafting exemplary interpretations of music they love.
9th January 2010
“Gabriel Crouch’s group Gallicantus (eight male voices) sing on their first CD with a rapture and clarity made to measure for the Tudor church music of Robert White...Impassioned, exciting music.”
“The present recording is sung entirely by male voices and never once is there a loss of clarity, a hint of muddiness (the opening of the Lamentations, though coming at the end of the disc, could stand as a kind of illuminated initial at the beginning of a gorgeous manuscript, so transparent and luminous is it). The music is sublime... White's... mastery of large-scale form (most notably his monumental Miserere mei, Deus, which takes over 15 minutes) is breathtaking.”
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