19. April 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Nicholas Ludford: Sanctus from Missa Inclina cor meum
Blue Heron

From “Nicholas Ludford: Missa Inclina cor meum (Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, Vol. 3)” (BHCD1004), released October 1, 2013. The CD is available for purchase at www.blueheronchoir.org. Blue Heron is a professional vocal ensemble based in Boston. Volume 1 of the Peterhouse series (“Hugh Aston: Three Marian Antiphons” (BHCD1002)) was praised by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for its “expressive intensity, even a hint of Baroque flair”. Photographs by Liz Linder.

(If you think you’ve heard this before here you’re quite correct. I’ve decided repeating some things is an okay thing to do!)

19. April 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

John Taverner (c. 1490-1545): Dum transisset sabbatum
Blue Heron

From the YouTube page:
This first-ever digital single released by Boston-based professional ensemble Blue Heron features a work of John Taverner (c.1490-1545). Like the music of Blue Heron’s “Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks” series, this is a gorgeous work from the golden age of pre-Reformation English cathedral music. (Very little music survives from this period.) The text relates to the women arriving to Jesus’ tomb on Sunday morning. In his musical setting, alternating between Gregorian chant and five-voice polyphonic settings, Taverner captures the mystery and awe contained in that biblical story. Research indicates the pitch used at that time in England was likely around A=446, and so this work is sung at that unusual pitch level. The track is available for download through Amazon, iTunes and other fine online retailers.