The Sweetest Songs: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks III | Signum SIGCD633

The Sweetest Songs: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks III

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Label: Signum

Cat No: SIGCD633

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 5th February 2021



The final instalment in a celebrated three-part series by Contrapunctus, directed by Owen Rees, exploring the music of the Baldwin Partbooks, a remarkable treasure-house of Tudor sacred polyphony, some of which is not found anywhere else.

The collection consists of almost 170 works collected by John Baldwin, a lay clerk at St Georgeís Chapel, Windsor between 1575 and 1581.

***** BBC Music Magazine (Baldwin Partbooks II)

***** Early Music Magazine (Baldwin Partbooks II)

Recording of the Month, Musicweb International (Baldwin Partbooks II)


Itís difficult to believe that the first work you hear on this album has never been recorded before. For sure pacing and deft execution of details, Robert Whiteís Domine, non est exaltatum is hard to fault: the entry in the top part that ushers in the final verse is like an unobtrusive but skilfully planned surprise. ... The programming alone would warrant a strong recommendation but itís more than matched by Contrapunctusís advocacy. They are in cracking form here, with no discernible weak link in the ensemble: honey-toned and purposeful sopranos, assertive countertenors and everything on down to match.  Fabrice Fitch
Gramophone May 2021
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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