Sep 22, 2013
During the reign of James I, the Church of England had no sanctioned Latin liturgy, and Catholic services were illegal. And yet a few scattered motets — sacred songs in Latin — survive. Some of these exist in only a single manuscript, which is missing crucial portions. Quire’s artistic director, the award-winning scholar Ross W. Duffin, gathered these pieces together, reconstructing the missing parts, and A-R Editions published them in 2006.
Now, the whole collection is available in this new recording by Quire Cleveland, conducted by Duffin. The composers — some of the best known madrigalists of the day — are heard here in music that basically shouldn’t exist. Don’t miss the opportunity to add these exquisite works to your collection.
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- Cantate Domino 2:50 Richard Nicolson (fl.1595–1639)
- Ego dixi Domine 2:41 Alfonso Ferrabsoco, Jr. (ca.1575–1628)
- Convertere Domine 3:06 Ferrabosco
- Laboravi in gemitu meo 5:05 Martin Peerson (ca.1572–1651)
- Miserere mei 3:46 Thomas Lupo (1571–1627/8)
- Ne læteris 2:47 Thomas Ravenscroft (ca.1582–1635)
- O nomen Jesu 2:48 Ferrabosco
- O rex gloriæ 4:38 Peerson
- Celebrate Jehovam 5:11 Thomas Tomkins (1572–1656)
- Homo natus de muliere 2:38 John Wilbye (1574–1638)
- In monte Oliveti 3:08 Robert Ramsey (fl.1616–44)
- Judica me Deus 1:38 John Mundy (ca.1555–1630)
- Laudate Dominum 2:56 William Byrd (1539/40–1623)
- O vos omnes 2:56 Thomas Weelkes (1576–1623)
- *Venite exultemus 3:32 Byrd
- *Vox in Rama 4:11 George Kirbye (d.1634)
- Cantate Domino 3:52 John Tomkins (1586–1638)
- Laudate Domino 4:06 Hieronymus Prætorius (1560–1629)
*These pieces (and others) are posted on Quire Cleveland’s YouTube channel.
You can hear samples of all of these pieces, and download them individually, at CD Baby.