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The Tudors at Prayer

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‘This disc illuminates works from England’s most glorious, but little-known, renaissance sacred repertoire,’ writes Berta Joncus in her five-star review of this recording in the August issue of BBC Music Magazine. ‘Director Philip Cave creates some revelatory readings,’ she continues.

The collection is of eight works by Thomas Tallis, John Taverner and William Byrd as well as the lesser known Robert White and William Mundy.

William Mundy (1529-1591) came from a musical family, which was active in London for nearly a century. Adolescentulus sum ego (I am but young), a motet based on Psalm 118, demonstrates well the gorgeously rich sound Philip Cave and his choir Magnificat have achieved in his works.

‘For clarity, nuance and intimacy, Magnificat’s 18 vocalists are unmatched,’ Joncus writes in her review. ‘They sustain lines of eye-popping length, delicately articulating imitative points without compromising blend, and offering a timbral mix which ranges from pure-toned treble to rumbling bass.’

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