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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
Hodie nobis caelorum rex: Gloria in excelsis Deo
O splendor gloriae