Performers: Choir of Winchester Cathedral - David Hill, Master of the Music
Playing time: 64'38
Recording date: March 1990
Christopher Tye (c.1505-1573) was one of England's foremost composers, who wrote both Latin- and English-texted works in a variety of styles, like his more famous contemporary Thomas Tallis. The 6-voice 'Euge Bone' mass, certainly among the finest English compositions of the 16th century, is his masterpiece, utilizing the wide sonorities of earlier insular composition as well as more modern imitative writing and harmonic control. It has been conjectured that the piece was Tye's exercise for the Cambridge MusD degree he took in 1545. The motets featured here are also among his finest works, and all performances are exceptionally spirited and well-balanced.
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