VIGILATE !English polyphony in dangerous times
SDG 720 | 1 CD (13 tracks)
The Monteverdi Choir
John Eliot Gardiner
Recorded in London, June 2013
"As John Eliot Gardiner's superb choir celebrates its half-century, this wide-ranging collection of English polyphony conjures up a time of political dissension and religious turmoil." ★★★★★ – The Observer
"Impressive performances." ★★★★★ – BBC Music Magazine
"This is a glorious testament not just to a golden age in English music but to an English choir celebrating its own golden jubilee." - International Record Review
This album brings together six English composers whose combined careers span more than a century – Byrd, Tallis, Morley, Philips, White and Tomkins.
The title Vigilate! (Be watchful!) epitomises the clandestine character of recusant music-making in Elizabethan England, by undercover Catholic composers of the time.
The pieces on this recording display the richly imaginative, devout and diverse responses of musical craftsmen who worked with unfailing creativity in difficult times.
The album comes in our usual casebook packaging and contains a 36 pages booklet with notes by Kerry McCarthy and texts in German, English and French.
Tracks in the album:
Total Playing Time: 77:33