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Anne Boleyn's Songbook: Music & Passions of a Tudor Queen

Alamire, Clare Wilkinson, Jacob Heringman, Kirsty Whatley, David Skinner

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Anne Boleyn's Songbook  
1.1
Tota pulchra es
Jean Mouton; Alamire; David Skinner
1:42
1.2
Venes regrets, venes tous
Anonymous; Clare Wilkinson; Jacob Heringman; Kirsty Whatley
1:54
1.3
Fer pietatis opem miseris mater
Anonymous; Alamire; David Skinner
2:23
1.4
Stabat mater dolorosa
Josquin des Prez; Alamire; David Skinner
8:01
1.5
Laudate Dominum omnes gentes
Anonymous; David Skinner; Alamire; David Skinner
3:10
1.6
Maria Magdalena et altera Maria
Anonymous; Alamire; David Skinner
3:30
1.7
Forte si dulci Stigium boantem
Anonymous; Alamire; David Skinner
8:07
1.8
O virgo virginum
Anonymous; Jacob Heringman; Kirsty Whatley
3:48
1.9
Paranymphus salutat virginem
Loyset Compère; David Skinner; Alamire; David Skinner
3:08
1.10
Gentilz galans compaingnons
Anonymous; David Skinner; Clare Wilkinson; Kirsty Whatley
1:43
1.11
Tempus meum est ut revertar
Antoine de Févin; David Skinner; Alamire; David Skinner
5:16
1.12
Quae est ista
Antoine Brumel; David Skinner; Alamire; David Skinner
5:15
1.13
Liber generationis
Josquin des Prez; David Skinner; Alamire; David Skinner
14:17
2.1
Jouyssance vous donneray
Claudin de Sermisy; Clare Wilkinson; Kirsty Whatley; Jacob Heringman
3:39
2.2
Popule meus quid feci tibi
Anonymous; Alamire; David Skinner
8:02
2.3
In illo tempore
Jean Mouton; David Skinner; Alamire; David Skinner
5:42
2.4
Sicut lilium inter spinas
Antoine Brumel; David Skinner; Alamire; David Skinner
1:55
2.5
Praeter rerum seriem
Josquin des Prez; Alamire; David Skinner
6:39
2.6
O Deathe rock me asleep
Anonymous; Clare Wilkinson; Kirsty Whatley; Jacob Heringman
6:18
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:34:29
"Five Stars ... sound is robust and muscular, full-bodied rather than pristine. Mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson sings the solo songs with ingenuous simplicity, subtly inflecting the words with period pronunciation ... never grows monotonous and, even after an hour-and-a-half of music, one is left longing to hear more."
- BBC Music Magazine

This fascinating album contains music from a songbook believed to have belonged to Henry VIII's second wife Anne Boleyn, performed here for the first time in 500 years by the Alamire Choir. The songbook disappeared five centuries ago and has only recently been discovered, signed by the monarch himself. On the recording, the choir explores some of the finest works by the greatest composers of the early 16th century, including Compère, Brumel, Mouton and Josquin, interspersed with French chansons and instrumental items for lute, harp and voice.

"The most interesting thing about Anne is what this music represents. She was a woman of great talents, of huge depth of intellect, real interests, who was pursuing all that was fashionable."
- Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb, Tudor historian
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Obsidian Studio Masters

Recorded in the Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, 26 - 28 May 2015
Producer: Nigel Short
Engineer and mastering: Jim Gross
Editions: David Skinner
Photography: Stefan Schweiger
Cover image: Anne Boleyn ©Hever Castle and Gardens with thanks & London, Royal College of Music, MS 1070, f.1v-2 (detail).
Back cover image: London, Royal College of Music, MS 1070, f.1v-2
Project patron: Mrs. Patricia Brown

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