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Tye: Western Wind Mass
Christopher Tye was a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge, and subsequently gained a doctorate in music at the University. He wrote most of his music whilst Organist and Master of the Choristers at Ely Cathedral. Although much of his music has been lost, his extant compositions reveal a master rivalling his contemporaries, Tallis and Taverner. Another “benchmark recording” from The Choir of New College Oxford, conducted by Edward Higginbottom.
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Tye: Missa Euge Bone & Western Wynde Mass
Christopher Tye flourished as a church musician in England during the mid-sixteenth century. A direct contemporary of Thomas Tallis, he held the prestigious post of Master of Choristers at Ely cathedral and successfully managed to compose music for both Protestant and Catholic services during a politically unstable time. Henry VIII was a fan, asserting: ‘England one god, one truth, one doctor hath for music’s art—and that is Dr Tye’ (Tye himself had Protestant leanings).
The composer was also described as ‘peevish and humoursome’, and these qualities are reflected in his remarkably individual music, characterized by unpredictable cadences and phrases of often unexpectedly startling beauty. The two major works on this recording are his masterful Missa Euge bone for six voices, and his Western Wynde Mass, probably an early work, and likely written as a complement to John Taverner’s own Mass based on this secular English song.
The peerless Westminster Abbey Choir directed by James O’Donnell performs these sparsely beautiful a cappella works with customary freshness and sense of grandeur.
“Tye was described as peevish, and it shows. The Gloria of his magnificent Missa Euge bone brings you up short with some startlingly grumpy gestures and intriguing harmonic shifts, but the dark clouds never last long...Westminster Abbey Choir are on brilliant form here, trebles crisp and alert and lay vicars forthright and muscular.” The Observer, 22nd April 2012
“Immediately one is introduced to Tye's extraordinary sound-world of unusual cadences and rigorous alternation of high and low voices to achieve impressive effects. All of these are carefully allowed to speak for themselves thanks to the judicious direction of [James O'Donnell]...one is able to savour the excellent diction of the singers.” International Record Review, July 2012
“This disc offers a good sample of Tye's music for both denominations...These are good, sturdy performances. If I have a criticism it is that there's a doggedness about the boy trebles that becomes wearying. Where the men sing alone...the phrasing is more shapely. But the simple, syllabic setting of Give almes of thy goods and the smoothly flowing Nunc dimittis are beautifully done.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2012
“[the choir] are on crack form here, near flawless in ensemble and intonation. The trebles perform with real fervour, their sheer, plangent sound complemented by the dusky lower voices. O'Donnell responds to the texts in shaping the unbroken melodic lines, and draws readings that are ardent...radiant...candid...and celestial” BBC Music Magazine, October 2012 ****
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The Tallis Scholars Sing Tudor Church Music - Volume 1
Marking the 500th Anniversary of the Coronation of King Henry VIII on June 24th, 1509
“Of all the polyphony we have recorded, this early English style with its dazzling high treble parts and luminous sonorities is, for me, as good as it gets. Henry VIII would have known this sound from childhood and may well have included some of the music recorded here at his Coronation.” Peter Phillips
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Choral Masterpieces of the English Renaissance
Te Deum & Jubilate Deo (Second Service, morning)
O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not
Fantasia of four parts
O God the King of Glory
Glorious and powerful God
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Second Service, evening)
Sing unto the Lord
A Fancy for Double Organ
O clap your hands
See, see, the Word is incarnate
Audivi vocem de caelo
Honor, Virtus et Potestas
O sacrum convivium
Dum transisset sabbatum
In ieiunio et fletu
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for 5 voices
Candidi Facti Sunt
Salvator mundi, salva nos 1 - antiphonn for five voices
Gaude gloriosa Dei mater
Mass 'The Western Wynde'
Mater Christi Sanctissima
In Nomine (2 Versions)
Jubilate (Third Service)
Third Service: Magnificat & Nunc dimittis
Voluntary in G
Know you not
Voluntary in C
Voluntary in A
O Lord, let me know mine end
Oh, that Salvation
Western Wind Mass
My trust, O Lord, in thee is grounded
Christ Rising Again from the Dead
Omnes gentes, plaudite manibus
Peccavimus cum patribus
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