Christopher Tye: Mass and Motets

Cathedral Music by Christopher Tye
Winchester Cathedral Choir - David Hill
Hyperion 66424
Hyperion "Helios" 55079


  1. Kyrie 'Orbis factor'

  2. Mass EUGE BONE
  3. Gloria
  4. Credo
  5. Sanctus
  6. Benedictus
  7. Agnus Dei I
  8. Agnus Dei II
  9. Agnus Dei III
  10. Agnus Dei IV
  11. Quaesumus omnipotens
  12. Miserere mei, Deus
  13. Omnes gentes, plaudite
  14. Peccavimus cum patribus nostris

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.

Other recordings of the Euge Bone Mass:

Tye / Sheppard
The Clerkes of Oxenford - David Wulstan
Proud Sound 126
Music of Christopher Tye
Cambridge University Chamber Choir - Timothy Brown
Guild 7121
Oxford Camerata - Jeremy Summerly
Naxos 8.550937
Tye: Masses
Ely Cathedral Choir - Paul Trepte
AS&V Gaudeamus 190 (2 CDs)

And other recordings devoted to Tye's sacred music:

Tye: The Western Wind Mass
The Choir of New College Oxford - Edward Higginbottom
CRD 3405
Tye: Latin & English Church Music
The Choir of Magdalen College Oxford - Bill Ives
Harmonia Mundi USA 907396

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