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Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination
A British Library Exhibition CD
Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination – the British Library’s first major exhibition to bring together the Library’s Royal collection, a treasure trove of illuminated manuscripts from between the 9th and 16th centuries collected by the kings and queens of England.
The exhibition, which ran from November 2011 to March 2012, featured stunning manuscripts that are among the most outstanding examples of royal decorative and figurative painting from this era surviving in Britain today. They unlock the secrets of the private lives and public personae of the royals throughout the Middle Ages and provide the most vivid surviving source for understanding royal identity.
Created especially to accompany the exhibition, this disc features works from the Eton Choirbook alongside fascinating pieces from medieval and Renaissance France, equally preserved in beautifully illuminated collections of manuscripts.
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The Eton Choirbook Collection
Volume 1: The Rose and the Ostrich Feather, volume 2: The Crown of Thorns, volume 3: The Pillars of Eternity, volume 4: The Flower of All Virginity, volume 5: The Voices of Angels
This day day dawes
Ah, my dear, ah, my dear Son!
Afraid, alas, and why so suddenly?
Stabat iuxta Christi crucem
Jesu, mercy, how may this be?
O Maria salvatoris mater
Cornysh the elder:
Ave Maria Mater Dei
O Domine caeli terraeque creator
Ah, mine heart, remember thee well
A Blessid Jhesu
In Honore Summae Matris
Gaude Flore Virginali
Tota Pulchra es
Anna Mater Matris Christi
Ah, gentle Jesu
From stormy windes
Jesus autem transiens/Credo in Deum
5 CDs for the price of 3 - Boxed Set
"Wonderful music, wonderfully performed ... sit back and let these glorious sounds fill your ears and lift your spirits" The Gramophone
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