In the Midst of Life - Music from the Baldwin Partbooks I Contrapunctus, Owen Rees

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Label: Signum Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Choral

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  • William Byrd (1543-1623):
  • 1Liber Secundus Sacrarum Cantionum (Cantiones Sacrae II): Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum (Cantiones sacrae): Circumdederunt me dolores mortis05:04
  • Robert Parsons (ca. 1535-1571/72):
  • 2Responds for the Dead: Libera me, Domine07:29
  • William Byrd (1543-1623):
  • 3Audivi vocem04:15
  • William Mundy (1529-1591):
  • 4Sive vigilem03:31
  • Robert Parsons (ca. 1535-1571/72):
  • 5Responds for the Dead: Peccantem me, quotidie06:08
  • John Taverner (1490-1545):
  • 6Psalm 41, "Quemadmodum"06:30
  • Thomas Tallis (1505-1585):
  • 7Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis: Nunc Dimittis03:14
  • Dericke Gerarde (1540-1580):
  • 8Sive vigilem06:13
  • Robert Parsons (ca. 1535-1571/72):
  • 9Responds for the Dead: Credo quod redemptor02:44
  • John Sheppard (1515-1558):
  • 10Media vita23:09
  • Total Runtime01:08:17

Info for In the Midst of Life - Music from the Baldwin Partbooks I

Following its nomination for a Gramophone Early Music Award in 2014, Contrapunctus releases an album of motets from the Baldwin Tudor partbooks, on the theme of mortality. Conducted by Owen Rees, the album includes Sheppard’s epic Media vita and works by Byrd, Parsons, Mundy, Teverner, Gerarde and Tallis, with Contrapunctus’s own reconstructions of the missing tenor parts.

"In Contrapunctus can do vivid attack as well as they do misty piety, they may find themselves setting the bar in this repertoire." (Alexandra Coghlan, Gramophone Choice)

There's lovely balance and clarity of sound from as fine a clutch of one might wish." (Choir & Organ)

"Whether you listen in Lenten penitence or in general hope of spiritual balm, the message is universal, the singing superb.." (The Observer)

Choral and Song Choice "5* - Contrapunctus really knows what to do with these pieces and from the very first item...the tuning is superb and the ensemble rock solid. Moreover, Owen Rees's interpretations are revelatory and even visionary...The next volume is keenly awaited." (BBC Music Magazine)

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