The Tudors at Prayer

Though the theme is somewhat narrowly defined, (English sacred music xx-xx), there’s a surprising amount of variety in this program. Henry VIII created the Anglican church, though it had very little change on the sacred music John Tavener and Thomas Tallis composed. His daughter, Mary I, reinstated the Catholic church, and the music of her time by William Mundi and Robert White, reflect that return to tradition. Elizabeth I, like her father an ardent music-lover, brought back the Anglican church, and the sacred music of her time seems more cosmopolitan, somehow. The sacred works of William Byrd don’t follow quite follow tradition as closely.

Magnificat performs all these works with appropriate interpretation, making it easier to hear the subtle differences between works written for monarchs with conflicting agendas.The sound is spacious, as befitting the chapels and cathedrals for which these works were written, with just enough ambiance to make the ensemble sound full, without obscuring the contrapuntal lines within.

The Tudors at Prayer
William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Robert White, William Munday, John Tavener
Magnificat; Philip Cave, director
Lynn

More Recent Posts

  • Help Answer Phones for the Folk Marathon (Feb 2-8)

    WTJU’s 2015 Folk Marathon is just around the corner, scheduled to run February 2-8.   Help answer phones during WTJU’s upcoming pledge drive — fill out our phone volunteer form. Once you submit your phone volunteer form, WTJU staff will add you to our roster of phone volunteers, and you can log in and sign […]

  • Koppel marimba concertos welcome additions to repertoire

    The marimba can easily be an instrument of cliche, primarily because of it’s close association with Latino music (think: Baja Marimba Band). Danish composer Anders Koppel approaches the instrument from a slightly different direction. Some if it may be due to The marimba is often an instrument of cliché, primarily because of its close association […]

  • Jan 31 Gather ‘Round: Martha Scanlan, Dirk Powell, & The Stuart Brothers (2007)

    Gather ‘Round each Saturday night from 8-9 for WTJU Folk‘s concert series; both archived and live. There will be shows from The Prism Coffeehouse and VA Folklife archives mixed in with some from our announcers’ own libraries. And you never know when a live concert might pop up!  This week’s program comes from a 2007 […]

  • Jan 24 Gather ‘Round: Honky Tonk Tuesdays Band

    Gather ‘Round each Saturday night from 8-9 for WTJU Folk‘s concert series; both archived and live. There will be shows from The Prism Coffeehouse and VA Folklife archives mixed in with some from our announcers’ own libraries. And you never know when a live concert might pop up!  This week’s program comes from Burlington, Vermont […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 1/21/2015

    New Jazz Adds – 1/21/2015 Anthony Braxton – Trio And Duet (Sackville): Remarkable tour de force recording from 1974.  Most famous for expanding his styles and listeners ears, Braxton decided to step away from the more familiar quartets and open with a trio, including Leo Smith on trumpet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, and percussion and Richard […]

  • New Blues News – 1/20/2015

    New Blues News – 1/20/2015 New Blues Adds: Tas Cru – You Keep The Money (Crustee Tees):  Most recent release (his 5th) from bandleader Cru (guitars, vox, writer of all songs on this disc) with backup by Mary Ann Casale (vox, dulcimer), Alice “Honeybea” Ericksen (vox), Dick Earl Ericksen (harp), Chip Lamson (piano), Guy Nirelli […]