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The Spy's Choirbook

Alamire, English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, David Skinner

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"Editor's Choice ... a magnificent panorama of the repertory ... a small group sounding gorgeous throughout.”
- Gramophone

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1
Celeste beneficium
Jean Mouton; Alamire; English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble; David Skinner
3:26
2
Adiutorium nostrum
Antoine de Fevin; Alamire; English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble; David Skinner
3:08
3
Nesciens mater
Anonymous; Alamire; David Skinner
3:15
4
Ave regina caelorum
Pierre de La Rue; Alamire; David Skinner
3:05
5
Descendi in hortum meum
Josquin des Prez; Alamire; David Skinner
3:20
6
Sancta trinitas unus Deus
Antoine de Fevin; Alamire; David Skinner
3:14
7
Vexilla Regis - Passio Domini nostri
Pierre de La Rue; Alamire; David Skinner
2:05
8
Fama malum
Josquin des Prez; Alamire; David Skinner
2:45
Quis dabit pacem  
9
Doleo super te
Pierre de La Rue; Alamire; David Skinner
2:50
10
O Domine Iesu Christe - Et sanctissima mater tua
Anonymous; Alamire; David Skinner
4:00
11
Maxsimilla Christo amabilis
Anonymous; Alamire; David Skinner
2:22
12
Sancta Maria succurre miseris - O werder mondt
Franciscus Strus; Alamire; English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble; David Skinner
3:26
13
Sancta et immaculata virginitas
Anonymous; Alamire; David Skinner
2:06
14
Missus est Gabriel angelus
Josquin des Prez; Alamire; David Skinner
3:02
15
Dulcissima virgo Maria
Anonymous; Alamire; David Skinner
2:23
16
Tolca purche es - Salve regina
Anonymous; Alamire; David Skinner
4:03
17
O sancta Maria virgo virginum
Anonymous; English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble; David Skinner
3:36
18
Verbum bonum et soave
Pierrequin de Therache; Alamire; David Skinner
3:02
19
Recordamini quomodo praedixit filium
Anonymous; English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble; David Skinner
4:00
20
O beatissime Domine Iesu Christe - Fac me de tua gratia
Anonymous; Alamire; David Skinner
5:15
1
Ave Sanctissima Maria
Anonymous; Alamire; David Skinner
3:48
2
Ecce Maria genuit nobis
Jean Mouton; Alamire; David Skinner
2:37
3
Congratulamini mihi omnes
Anonymous; English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble; David Skinner
3:04
4
Egregie Christi martir Christophore - Ecce enim
Antoine de Fevin; Alamire; English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble; David Skinner
5:34
5
Alma redemptoris mater
Anonymous; English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble; David Skinner
4:37
6
Dulces exuviae
Anonymous; Alamire; David Skinner
3:37
7
Dulces exuviae
Alexander Agricola; Alamire; David Skinner
3:48
8
Dulces exuviae
Josquin des Prez; Alamire; David Skinner
3:25
9
Dulces exuviae
Jean Mouton; Alamire; David Skinner
3:12
10
Dulces exuviae
Johannes Ghiselin; Alamire; David Skinner
3:17
11
Absalon, fili mi
Josquin des Prez; Alamire; David Skinner
3:57
12
Iesus autem transiens
Anonymous; English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble; David Skinner
2:20
13
Anima mea - Invenerunt - Filiae Ierusalem
Heinrich Isaac; Alamire; David Skinner
5:08
14
Tribulatio et angustia invenerunt me
Josquin des Prez; Alamire; English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble; David Skinner
2:37
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:55:24
"The performances are meticulous, the recorded sound rich and warm and the effect often sumptuous ..."
- The Guardian

"... the standard of the music is consistently high. The performances are equally consistent: the 15 singers of Alamire sing this music quite magnificently. The acoustic makes its own mellow contribution and the recording team have done an excellent job ... should certainly delight modern day listeners."
- MusicWeb International

David Skinner directs the vocal group Alamire, joined by the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, on this recording of works from a 16th century choirbook, a wedding gift from composer Petrus Alamire to Henry VIII. The choirbook contains 34 motets, many of them unique to this manuscript including masterworks by leading French and Franco-Flemish composers of the age including Josquin Desprez, Jean Mouton, Heinrich Isaac, Antoine de Fevin and Pierre de la Rue. Well over half the compositions are anonymous and most have never been performed in modern times.
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