The Thistle and the Rose

Music from the Carver Choirbook
Mass Deus creator omnium / Mass for three voices / Magnificat
Cappella Nova - Alan Tavener
AS&V "Gaudeamus" 342


    Mass Deus creator omnium (c.1470)
  1. Kyrie
  2. Gloria
  3. Credo
  4. Sanctus - Benedictus
  5. Agnus Dei

  6. Robert Carver?: Mass for three voices (c.1520)
  7. Kyrie
  8. Gloria
  9. Credo
  10. Sanctus - Benedictus
  11. Agnus Dei

  13. Magnificat for four voices (c.1490)

Performers: Libby Crabtree, Ruth Dean, Rebecca Tavener (soprano), Anne Lewis, William Missin, Richard Wyn-Roberts (alto), Ben Alden, Nicholas Jenkins, Clifford Lister (tenor), Paul Charrier, Charles Pott, Nicholas York-Jones (bass)

Playing time: 65'13

Recording date: January 7-9, April 3, 2003 (Haddington, East Lothian)

Recorded in honor of the 500th anniversary of the marriage of James IV of Scotland to Margaret Tudor (daughter of Henry VII), the present collection combines Scottish and English polyphony from a single source (the "Carver Choirbook"). The Missa Deus creator omnium, so named after its Kyrie trope, belongs stylistically to the sound world of Walter Frye and his English contemporaries, while the Magnificat resembles settings from the Eton Choirbook. Kenneth Elliott assigns the three-voice mass (performed here by three high voices) to the pen of Robert Carver, among whose works it appears in the choirbook.

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