Tye: Consort Music

Christopher Tye
Lawdes Deo
Hespèrion XX
Astrée (Auvidis) E 8708 [CD]
Astrée (Naïve) "Musica Britannica" ES 9939 [CD]

Contents:

  1. O Lux (à 5)
  2. In Nomine (à 4)
  3. In Nomine (à 5) "Weepe no more Rachell"
  4. In Nomine (à 6)
  5. In Nomine (à 5) "Farewell my good one for ever"
  6. In Nomine (à 5) "Rachell's weepinge"
  7. Rubum Quem (à 5)
  8. In Nomine (à 5) "My death"
  9. In Nomine (à 5) "Blamles"
  10. In Nomine (à 5)
  11. In Nomine (à 5) "Rounde"
  12. In Nomine (à 5) "Follow me"
  13. Christus Resurgens (à 5)
  14. Dum Transisset (à 5)
  15. Dum Transisset (à 5)
  16. Dum Transisset (à 5)
  17. Dum Transisset (à 5)
  18. Amavit (à 5)
  19. In Nomine (à 5) "Surrexit non est hicc"
  20. In Nomine (à 5) "Free from all"
  21. In Nomine (à 5) "Trust"
  22. In Nomine (à 5) "Beleve me"
  23. In Nomine (à 5) "Crye"
  24. Lawdes Deo (à 5)
  25. In Nomine (à 5) "I come"
  26. In Nomine (à 5) "Re la re"
  27. In Nomine (à 5) "Howld fast"
  28. In Nomine (à 5) "Saye so"
  29. In Nomine (à 5) "Seldom sene"
  30. In Nomine (à 5) "Reporte"
  31. Sit Fast (à 3)

Playing time: 79' 00"

Performers:
Hespèrion XX
Jordi Savall, Eunice Brandao, Sergi Casademunt, Lorenz Duftschmid, Paolo Pandolfo, Laurence Bonnal

Recording site and date:
Colegiata del Castillo de Cardona (Cataluña) [05, 07/1988];
Rel.: 1989 (E), 2002 (ES)

Compilation:
Astrée (Naïve) ES 9986 [CDx5] Jordi Savall: Pieces for the viols - Purcell, Dowland, Hume, Locke, Tye.

Reviewed in:
Diapason (#-p.): 348-172 (april 1989) - Diapason d'Or
Early Music America (Vol./#-p.):
Fanfare (Vol./#-p.):
Goldberg (#-p.):
Gramophone (Vol./#-p.):

Comments:
Information from CD.

Pierre-F. Roberge

Christopher Tye (c.1505-1572) obtained various posts in the liturgical area, including organist to the Queen. He was known for his caustic wit, and at some point apparently gave up public appearances altogether. The consort works apparently date from after he left sacred composition.

This recording consists of Tye's complete consort music, 31 items. They are almost entirely in 5-parts, but there is one setting each in 3- (the highly engaging fantasy, "Sit Fast"), 4-, and 6-parts. 21 items are In Nomines; essentially a cantus firmus fantasia on a specific theme (the "Gloria tibi Trinitas" antiphon, made famous in Taverner's setting); 5 are instrumental motets; and 4 are cantus firmus fantasias on Dum Transisset.

Another recording by the present ensemble, dedicated to other music from this era:

Elizabethan Consort Music, 1558-1603
Alberti / Parsons / Strogers / Taverner / White / Woodcock
Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Alia Vox 9804

Finally, a recording featuring Tye's sacred vocal music:

Tye: Cathedral Music
Winchester Cathedral Choir - David Hill
Hyperion 66424

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