Ruth Leon recommends….Songs for Troubled Times – Music from Reformation England – Cinquecento – SlippediscSlippedisc

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November 20, 2022

Songs for Troubled Times – Music from Reformation England – Cinquecento

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Livestreamed on Nov 11 at 1pm UK time but available on demand for 90 days thereafter.

I love the idea behind this concert. Normally this admired ensemble, Cinquecentro,  which specializes in 16th-century repertoire, devotes itself to Austrian works, but here it turns its attention to England and the rupture in liturgical music caused by the Reformation, as composers had to change style according to whether their monarch was Catholic or Protestant.

The programme is wonderfully varied and eccentric:

  •  Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)

Salvator mundi (i)

  • Christopher Tye (c.1505-1572)
  • Thomas Tallis
    • In jejunio et fletu
    • Te lucis ante terminum (i
    • Lamentations 1
    • If ye love me
  • Christopher Tye
    • The Mean Mass – Sanctus
  • John Sheppard (c.1515-1558)
  • Thomas Tallis
    • Te lucis ante terminum (ii)
  • Christopher Tye
    • The Mean Mass – Agnus Dei
  • William Byrd (c.1540-1623)

Cinquecento consists of:
Achim Schulz tenor
Ulfried Staber bass
Tim Scott Whiteley baritone
Dominic Bland tenor
Terry Wey countertenor

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