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Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation

Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation

Ref: CD716

Thomas Tallis

A new recording of music by the greatest of all Tudor composers, Thomas Tallis centred around his grandest Motet Gaude Gloriosa with hitherto unknown English words by Henry VIII’s last Queen, Katherine Parr which were found by a chance discovery of a manuscript at an Oxford College.

Performed by the multi award winning vocal ensemble Alamire with viol consort Fretwork.


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Thomas Tallis was active across the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. He famously mastered all forms, old and new, as dictated by the changing religious landscape in 16th-century England. He died in 1585, very ancient and celebrated, and today is acknowledged widely as the Father of English Church Music. This is a recording that not only demonstrates his consummate skills in many genres, but also features new discoveries. Featured among these is the first recording of an early version of his grand six-part Gaude gloriosa dei mater, but with words by none other than Henry VIII’s last wife, Queen Katherine Parr.

ALAMIRE
with
FRETWORK
DIRECTED BY DAVID SKINNER

1 Gaude gloriosa dei mater (17’02)
2 When Jesus went [Salvator mundi II] (02’16)
3 O Lord, give thy holy spirit (02’20)
4 Hear the voice and prayer (03’03)
5 Purge me, O Lord (01’50)
6 Solfaing Song (02’37)
7 Verily, verily, I say unto you (01’49)
8 If ye love me (02’11)
9 O Lord, in thee is all my trust (02’37)
10 Libera nos (01’52)
11 The Litany (16’30)
12 Fantasia [O sacrum convivium] (04’30)
13 Se lord and behold (Contrafact of Gaude gloriosa; text by Queen Katherine Parr, 1544) (16’59)

Total time (75’36)


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