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The Spy's Choirbook


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Among the musical treasures in the British Library is a sumptuous choirbook prepared for Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. It was produced by Petrus Alamire, who not only headed one of the finest musical scriptoriums of the age but acted as a spy for Henry against Plantagenet claimant to the English throne Richard de la Pole. Gifted to the royal couple c. 1516 it contains 34 motets, many unique to this manuscript, and includes masterworks by leading French and Franco-Flemish composers of the age including Josquin Desprez, Jean Mouton, Heinrich Isaac, Antoine de Fe´vin, and Pierre de la Rue.
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Item number CCLCD712
Barcode 658592071221
Release date 10/14/2014
Category Choral
Label OBSIDIAN
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 2
Performers
Arranger Skinner, David
Choir Alamire
Ensemble English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
Disc: 1
Celeste beneficium00:06:16
1 Celeste beneficium 00:03:26 English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble Skinner, David Alamire
Adiutorium nostrum00:03:08
2 Adiutorium nostrum 00:03:08 English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble Skinner, David Alamire
Nesciens mater00:00:46
3 Nesciens mater 00:03:15 Skinner, David Alamire
Ave regina caelorum00:03:05
4 Ave Regina caelorum 00:03:05 Skinner, David Alamire
Descendi in hortum meum00:03:20
5 Descendi in hortum meum 00:03:20 Skinner, David Alamire
Sancta trinitas unus Deus00:03:18
6 Sancta trinitas unus Deus 00:03:14 Skinner, David Alamire
Vexilla Regis - Passio Domini nostri00:02:05
7 Vexilla Regis - Passio Domini nostri 00:02:05 Skinner, David Alamire
Fama malum00:01:51
8 Fama malum 00:02:45 Skinner, David Alamire
Quis dabit pacem: Doleo super te00:02:50
9 Doleo super te frater mi Ionatha 00:02:50 Skinner, David Alamire
O Domine Iesu Christe - Et sanctissima mater tua00:04:00
10 O Domine Jesu Christe - Et sanctissima mater tua 00:04:00 Skinner, David Alamire
Maxsimilla Christo amabilis00:02:22
11 Maximilla Christo amabilis 00:02:22 Skinner, David Alamire
Sancta Maria succurre miseris - O werder mondt00:03:26
12 Sancta Maria, succurre miseris - O werder mondt 00:03:26 English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble Skinner, David Alamire
Sancta et immaculata virginitas00:02:33
13 Sancta et immaculata virginitas 00:02:06 Skinner, David Alamire
Missus est Gabriel angelus00:04:09
14 Missus est Gabriel archangelus 00:03:02 Skinner, David Alamire
Dulcissima virgo Maria00:02:23
15 Dulcissima virgo Maria 00:02:23 Skinner, David Alamire
Tolca purche es - Salve regina00:02:03
16 Tota pulchra es, amica mea - O pulcherrima mulieru 00:04:03 Skinner, David Alamire
O sancta Maria virgo virginum00:01:06
17 O sancta Maria, virgo virginum 00:03:36 English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble Skinner, David
Verbum bonum et soave00:03:02
18 Verbum bonum et suave 00:03:02 Skinner, David Alamire
Recordamini quomodo praedixit filium00:04:00
19 Recordamini quomodo praedixit filium 00:04:00 English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble Skinner, David
O beatissime Domine Iesu Christe - Fac me de tua g00:05:15
20 O beatissime Domine Jesu Christe - Fac me de tua g 00:05:15 Skinner, David Alamire
Disc: 2
Ave Sanctissima Maria00:03:48
1 Ave sanctissima Maria 00:03:48 Skinner, David Alamire
Ecce Maria genuit nobis00:02:37
2 Ecce Maria genuit nobis 00:02:37 Skinner, David Alamire
Congratulamini mihi omnes00:03:04
3 Congratulamini mihi omnes 00:03:04 English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble Skinner, David
Egregie Christi martir Christophore - Ecce enim00:05:34
4 Egregie Christi martir Christophore - Ecce enim 00:05:34 English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble Skinner, David Alamire
Alma redemptoris mater00:04:37
5 Alma redemptoris mater 00:04:37 English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble Skinner, David
Dulces exuviae00:03:27
6 Dulces exuviae 00:03:37 Skinner, David Alamire
Dulces exuviae00:03:48
7 Dulces exuviae 00:03:48 Skinner, David Alamire
Dulces exuviae00:02:34
8 Dulces exuviae 00:03:25 Skinner, David Alamire
Dulces exuviae00:03:12
9 Dulces exuviae 00:03:12 Skinner, David Alamire
Dulces exuviae00:03:17
10 Dulces exuviae 00:03:17 Skinner, David Alamire
Absalon fili mi00:04:14
11 Absalon, fili mi 00:03:57 Skinner, David Alamire
Iesus autem transiens00:02:20
12 Jesus autem transiens 00:02:20 English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble Skinner, David
Anima mea - Invenerunt - Filiae Ierusalem00:05:08
13 Anima mea liquefacta est - Invenerunt me - Filiae 00:05:08 Skinner, David Alamire
Tribulatio et angustia invenerunt me00:02:37
14 Tribulatio et angustia invenerunt me 00:02:37 English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble Skinner, David Alamire
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