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HEAR THE VOICE

Tears of London
Robert White
Thomas Tallis
William Byrd
12 a cappella singers
Joël Suhubiette, conductor
Published 26/02/2018

The Lamentations of Robert White are a particularly fine example and represent the height of Elizabethan choral music. White succeeded in harnessing the expressiveness of the text, while deftly manipulating complex musical structures. Two other great masters of the English Renaissance, Thomas Tallis and his disciple William Byrd (both musicians at the Chapel Royal), composed Roman Catholic and Anglican liturgies. Tallis was one of the first to compose music for the new Anglican liturgy, notably the Anthems presented in this program. Byrd, himself a fervent Catholic, composed several Motets. Those chosen for this program illustrate the richness of polyphonic imitation, as well as the suppleness of Byrd’s counterpoint.

 

Creative residency in collaboration with the City of Amilly and Les Jardins d'Agrément

                                

Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)

Remember not, O Lord God 

Hear the voice and prayer

Purge me, O Lord

Out from the deep 

 

The teares or lamentacions of a sorrowfull soule (1614)

Textes de William Leighton (1565-1622)

William Byrd (1538-1623)

Look down, O Lord

Be unto me

Come help, O God

I Laid me down

 

MOTETS

William Byrd (1538-1623)

Miserere mihi, Domine

 

Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)

O Nata lux de lumine

 

William Byrd (1538-1623)

Emendemus in melius

 

Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)

Loquebantur variis linguis

 

The teares or lamentacions of a sorrowfull soule (1614)

Textes de William Leighton (1565-1622)

Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

O Lord, how do my woes increase

 

John Dowland (1563-1626)

I shame at mine unworthiness

 

John Wilbye (1574-1638)

O God, the rock of my whole strength

 

ANTHEMS

Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)

O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit

O Lord, in Thee is all my trust

 

LAMENTATIONS

Robert White (1538-1574)

Lamentations