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This recording, produced in conjunction with the various ‘Henry at 500’ celebrations held in 2009, contains music written for Henry and by Henry. Voices and instruments combine to offer a fitting tribute to England’s most musical king.
'Henry's Music' includes a world premiere recording of the contents of MS Royal 11.e.xi (a royal choirbook gifted to King Henry in 1516), which is to be produced in full-colour facsimile by the Folio Society, and tribute motets by Robert Fayrfax, Philippe Verdelot, and John Taverner. Alamire will be joined by the cornet and sackbutt ensemble QuintEssential and gothic harpist Andrew Lawerence-King.
“The freshness and sensitivity of Alamire distinguishes it from rival ensembles. David Skinner channels the singers' skill to create a stunning architecture out of complex and sometimes ungrateful polyphonic vocal lines.” - BBC Music Magazine
England be glad
Christe Jesu, pastor bone
Motets from a Royal Choirbook (British Library, MS Roy. 11.e.xi):
7. Salve radix (Sampson?)
8. Psallite felices (Sampson)
9. Sub tuum presidium (Benedictus de Opitiis)
10. Quam pulcra est (Sampson
11. Hec est preclarum (Anonymous)
12. Beati omnes (Jacotin)
13. Consort XIII (Henry VIII
14. O my heart (Henry VIII)
15. Helas madame (Henry VIII)
16. Without discord (Henry VIII)
17. Though some saith (Henry VIII)
18. Nil majus superi vident (Philippe Verdelot?)
19. Consort VIII (Henry VIII)
20. Adieu madame (Henry VIII)
21. Lauda vivi alpha et oo (Robert Fayrfax)