Missa sine nomine: Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks Vol.5 | Blue Heron BHCD1007

Missa sine nomine: Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks Vol.5


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Label: Blue Heron

Cat No: BHCD1007

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 13th April 2017



Volume 5 of the acclaimed series, Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, contains the world premiere recording of a Mass by an anonymous English composer from the first half of the 16th century. Since the source of the cantus firmus has not been identified, the Mass remains without a name (‘sine nomine’). The disc also includes an antiphon addressed to St Augustine of Canterbury which is the only surviving work of Hugh Sturmy, a short and dramatic Ave Maria mater Dei by Robert Hunt , whose Stabat mater is a highlight of vol.3 of the series, and the sonorous and captivating Ve nobis miseris by John Mason, for men's voices in five parts. This recording is part of a 5-CD project which began in 2010. (Volumes 1-4 of the series were released with catalogue numbers BHCD1002, BHCD1003, BHCD1004 and BHCD1005).

“Fine gradations of dynamics; pungent diction; telling contrasts of ethereal and earthly timbres; tempos that are more lusty than languid… [give] the music narrative momentum” - Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 10 January 2011

“I cannot recommend this superb CD highly enough” - D. James Ross, Early Music Review, October 2012

“Exemplary ... suffused with elegance and polish” - Matthew Guerrierri, The Boston Globe, 5 October 2013

Ave cujus conceptio is a pure joy and a major discovery” - Hugh Keyte, Early Music Review, September 2015

“The singing is both precise and fluid, immaculate and alive.” - Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 24 August 2015


...the Mass in particular is superb. Whoever wrote it almost certainly knew Taverner’s Gloria tibi Trinitas, for echoes of it abound, yet it is no slavish imitation. For this piece alone the disc is worth owning. The confident rendition of Hugh Sturmy’s Exultet in hac die sets the tone and the more extended Ve nobis miseris by John Mason gives the male voices a chance to show off, but in the Mass things get seriously impressive. I doubt whether I’ll be alone in thinking this one of the discoveries of the year.  Fabrice Fitch
Gramophone October 2017
Gramophone Award Winner Gramophone Editor's Choice

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