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Music from the Golden Age
The Choir of York Minster
Robert Sharpe
David Pipe organ
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This wide-ranging survey traces the ‘threads of gold’ weaving through the development of sacred choral works from immediately before the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558 to 1603) to the early Jacobean period following – a period considered a Golden Age in English music.

With sacred works from the major composers of the second half of the 16th century, and the early years of the 17th – Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, William Mundy, and Orlando Gibbons – there are examples of Latin polyphonic Motets, concise a capella anthems in both Latin and English, and more elaborate verse anthems with extensive solos and organ accompaniment.

Track List

Vide, Domine, afflictionem – William Byrd (c.1540–1623)
Evening Service ‘in medio chori’ – William Mundy (c.1529–91)
Nunc dimittis
Ne irascaris – Byrd
O salutaris hostia – Thomas Tallis (c.1505–85)
Glorious and powerful God – Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625)
O sacrum convivium – Tallis
In manus tuas – Tallis
Videte miraculum – Tallis
Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles – Byrd
Great Lord of Lords – Gibbons
O Lord, make thy servant, Elizabeth – Byrd
O God, the King of glory – Gibbons
Tribulationes civitatum – Byrd

Total Playing time: 71:09

Production credits

Recorded in York Minster on 28/29 January, 4/5 February 2016, by permission of the Dean and Chapter

Producer and engineer: Gary Cole

Assistant engineer: Andy Gammon

Editing: Myles Eastwood and Gary Cole

Sample audio extracts


‘This is a radiant recording of glorious music, sung by a fine provincial English cathedral choir right at the top of its game.’  Early Music Review May 2017

‘…the Choir of York Minster explores the Tudor golden age of sacred music with deep affection and intensity. The vast spaces of the Minster are evoked without sacrificing too much detail…committed singing.’ Choir & Organ July/August 2017

‘The top part especially reveals a most assured technique. The more restrained pieces by Tallis are performed with sensitivity, and the soloists in the Gibbons verse anthems are excellent. I particularly enjoyed not only the singing in Great Lord of Lords but the rhythmic organ playing of David Pipe. This disc is a significant addition to the catalogue, and the Minster choir should be congratulated ’  Cathedral Music November 2017

‘The York Minster choir produces a very fine sound.’  American Record Guide  May 2017

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