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Music for the Six Wives of Henry VIII

Music for the Six Wives of Henry VIII

24 tracks 63 min
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Henry VIII was a musician and music lover. This album of cheerful songs and dances brings together some of Henry's own compositions with the best Renaissance music from England and the continent, reflecting the taste of each of Henry's wives and giving a lively impression of Tudor court life.

Price    9.99

Ref: CDG1010

All the World's a Stage

All the World's a Stage

31 tracks 67 min
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Music for Williams Shakespeare

Music from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries composed for Shakespeare's plays or to celebrate his work. A wide range of instrumental sounds and some splendid singing create a fascinating programme of dynamic and cheerful English music, performed by one of Britain's leading ensembles.

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Ref: CDG1110

Great Music from the Court of Henry VIII

Great Music from the Court of Henry VIII

25 tracks 65 min
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Superb singing from one of England's exceptional vocal ensembles alongside music for lute and clavichord in a programme of music from the Court of Henry VIII bringing to life the pages of a musical manuscript which belonged to the King himself and which includes many of hiw own compositions.

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Ref: CDG1148

Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I

21 tracks 61 min
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Great music from the court of Elizabeth I

Glorious music from the rich and glamorous court of Queen Elizabeth I, mostly composed by her favourite musician, William Byrd. Viols, flutes, recorders, lutes and voices combine in an evocative programme of songs and dances reflecting the tastes of England's first golden age.

Price    9.99

Ref: CDG1052

A Gift for a King

A Gift for a King

15 tracks, 60 mins
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Music for Henry VIII

A collection of glorious sacred music which was presented as a gift to Henry VIII in 1526 by the city of Florence. Music by the great European composers of the day which was known to Henry and heard in his great chapels throughout the land, in an atmospheric recording by Oxford's finest mixed-voice choir.

Price    9.99

Ref: CDG1221

Good Companye

Good Companye

23 tracks 61 min
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Great Music from a Tudor Court
A musical journey back in time - to the world of the jesters and music makers of the royal chamber. Stately dances, gentle lute music and wistful love songs make up this programme of beautiful and elaborate sixteenth-century music from the Tudor courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

Price    9.99

Ref: CDG1192

A Tudor Christmas

A Tudor Christmas

20 tracks 65 min
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The Choir of Christ Church, Oxford

Imagine yourself in the fine surroundings of the Great Hall of Christ Church, with a programme of Tudor sacred and secular music, including music by Henry VIII, one of Christ Church's founders, and choral works by Taverner and others associated with Christ Church during its first century.

Price    9.99

Ref: CDG1098

Anne Boleyn's Songbook

Anne Boleyn's Songbook

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Music & Passions of a Tudor Queen

Choral ensemble Alamire explore the finest works in Anne Boleyn's Songbook by the greatest composers of the early 16th century, including Compère, Brumel, Mouton, and Josquin. Performances by Alamire are interspersed with French chansons and instrumental items for lute, harp and voice. The programme concludes with a most haunting setting of 'O Deathe rock me asleep', not from the Songbook but possibly linked to Anne's fate while awaiting her execution in the Tower of London.

Price    15.00

Ref: CD715

Music from a Tudor Court

Music from a Tudor Court

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Delicate lute duets which conjure images of a courtly scene. Musicians play quietly in the corner of a garden, where the colours and scents are reflected in the twists, turns and melodies of this elegant music.

Price    9.99

Ref: CDG1250

Songs for William Shakespeare

Songs for William Shakespeare

29 tracks 65 min
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The finest songs from Shakespeare's plays, from Johnson's arrangement of 'Where the bee sucks' in 'The Tempest' to Morley's famous version of Feste's song 'O mistress mine', from 'Twelfth Night'. Carefully researched and played on instruments of the period.

Price    9.99

Ref: CDG1006

Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnets by William Shakespeare

44 tracks 62 min
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Read by Margaret Howard

Subtle, clever, witty and deeply profound, Shakespeare's sonnets have captured the imagination of readers for generations. Here they are brought to life, with suitable musical interludes, by broadcaster Margaret Howard and Bernard Palmer.

Price    9.99

Ref: CDG1123

Henry's Music

Henry's Music

On 24 June 1509 Henry Tudor was crowned the eighth English king of that name. His early reign was seen by all as a new Golden Age, full of opulence, splendour, majesty and harmony. While Henry;s reputation is today largely that of the tyrant, in the first 20 years of his reign he was perhaps one of the greatest royual patrons of the musical arts in all of Europe. This recording, produced in conjunction with the various 'Henry's Music' celebrations in 2009, contains works written for Henry and by Henry. Alamire, Andrew Lwarence-King, Quintessential, and mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson combine to offer a fitting tribute to England's most musical king.

Price    12.99

Ref: CD705

The Spy's Choirbook - Petrus Alamire & the Court of Henry VIII - 2CD set

The Spy's Choirbook - Petrus Alamire & the Court of Henry VIII - 2CD set

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Winner of Best Early Music disc at the 2015 Gramophone Magazine awards

Among the musical treasures in the British Library is MS Royal 8.g.vii, a sumptuous choirbook prepared for Henry VIII and his first queen 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 Richard de la Pole, a Plantagenet claimant to the English throne.

The choirbook, gifted to the royal couple in around 1516, contains 34 motets, many of them unique to this manuscript and includes masterworks by the leading French and Franco-Flemish composers of the age including Josquin Desprez, Jean Mouton, Heinrich Isaac, Antoine de Févin, and Pierre de la Rue.

ALAMIRE directec by DAVID SKINNER
ENGLISH CORNETT & SACKBUT ENSEMBLE

Price    15.00

Ref: CD712

Thomas Tallis & William Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 1575 - 2CD set

Thomas Tallis & William Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 1575 - 2CD set

In 1575 Thomas Tallis, then an ‘aged man’, and his pupil and friend William Byrd, who was in his mid to late 30s,
paid tribute to Elizabeth I by selecting 17 motets each for their Cantiones Sacrae (‘Sacred Songs’), the first major
printed collection of music to be published in England. Many of these works have since become staple in the
repertoire of church and chamber choirs throughout the world. This is the first recording to present the Cantiones
in their entirety, by the same group of singers, and in the composers’ original order of publication.

Alamire and Obsidian Records are very grateful for the financial support of Mrs Patricia Brown, without whose help this project would not have been possible.

Price    15.00

Ref: CD706

Philippe Verdelot: Madrigals for a Tudor King

Philippe Verdelot: Madrigals for a Tudor King

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Philippe Verdelot was the most important composer of Italian madrigals in the early 16th century and recognized as the greatest innovator of the genre. A Frenchman, he occupied several important musical posts in Italy, including the Florentine posts of maestro di cappella at the Baptistry of S. Maria del Fiore and the great Duomo itself. In the mid 1520s, during his time in Florence, a set of part-books were assembled, probably under Verdelot's supervision, for the court of Henry VIII. Most, if not all, of the works were composed by Verdelot. This is the first recording of the complete madrigals in the collection, which stands not only as the most exceptional of diplomatic musical gifts but is also an important source for the history of the early madrigal.

Price    12.99

Ref: CD703

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