Taverner: Imperatrix inferni - Alamire, David Skinner

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Imperatrix inferni
Alamire, David Skinner
Obsidian Records
1 CD
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Catalogue Number: OBSCD707

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John Taverner (d. 1545) is, arguably, the most famous of all early Tudor composers, and one who had a rather colourful musical and political career. His music represents the final flowering of late medieval English polyphony before the onslaught of mid 16th-century Reformation.

Much of the music on this recording centres around Taverner’s earlier career, including the three surviving large-scale Votive Antiphons. Included, too, is his sumptuous six-part Quemadmodum, which stylistically foreshadows true ‘Renaissance’ composition in England.

“Mater Christi is near perfect in its shaping and David Skinner is right to praise Quemadmodem, whose extraordinary concision shows how far Taverner moved from the swashbuckling vigour of his youth....Taverner's successes are Alamire's, in the main...The singers respond in kind to the compact, reflective Mater Christi” - Gramophone Magazine


Quemadmodum a 6

Audivi vocem de coelo

Ave Dei Patris filia

Dum transisset Sabbatum I

Dum transisset Sabbatum II

Mater Christi Sanctissima

Gaude plurimum

Hodie nobis caelorum rex: Gloria in excelsis Deo

O splendor gloriae


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