More Divine Than Human: Music from the Eton Choir Book, Volume 1 - Darlington, Christ Church Cathedral Choir
“The Eton Choirbook ranks among the most difficult music composed to be sung by children… The trebles here excel, both as soloists and, just as remarkably, when several sing together on the same line.”
The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral under their director Stephen Darlington, return to AVIE with their second release for the label. Recorded in the Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, it commemorates the 500th Anniversary of the coronation of King Henry VIII on June 24 1509 with music from the Eton Choirbook, one of the greatest jewels of choir music in the world.
The Eton Choirbook epitomises a style of composition which demanded extraordinary virtuosity from its performers: it is no surprise that an Italian visitor should have described the singing he heard in 1515 as 'more divine than human'. This recording brings to life some of the most glorious music in the collection, using the original forces of men and boys.
TRACKLIST: John FAWKYNER (fl late 15th century) / 1. Gaude rosa sine spina (16:35) / William CORNYSH (d. c. 1502) / 2. Salve regina (15:42) / Walter LAMBE (b. 1450–51, d. after Michaelmas 1504) / 3. Magnificat (12:58) / Richard DAVY (c. 1465 - 1535) / 4. In honore summe matris (17:42) / John BROWNE (fl c. 1480–1505) / 5. Stabat mater (15:16)