Ensemble Pro Victoria & Toby Ward – Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521): Music for Tudor Kings and Queens (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Ensemble Pro Victoria & Toby Ward – Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521): Music for Tudor Kings and Queens (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:06:59 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Delphian Records

In that golden age of British choral music half a millennium ago, when polyphonic voices soared in the vaulting of the great late-Gothic churches and chapels that seemed to have been built for them to fill, one composer was in especial favour with the royal family: Robert Fayrfax. A newly reconstructed movement from a mass for the private wedding of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, later treasured in darker times by the recusant gentry for its Catholic associations, sits here alongside exuberant masterpieces from the Eton Choirbook and, in intimate contrast, Fayrfax’s seven surviving courtly songs, brought together on a single recording for the first time.

An exciting new signing for Delphian, Ensemble Pro Victoria’s young professionals bring both freshness and individuality to Fayrfax’s music in the five hundredth anniversary year of his death.

1. Magnificat Regale (12:37)
2. Benedicite! What dremyd I (02:02)
3. Alas, for lak of her presens (01:50)
4. Most clere of colour (01:34)
5. Missa Sponsus amat sponsum: Credo (Reconstructed by Roger Bray and Magnus Williamson) (05:43)
6. I love, loved, and loved wolde I be (01:53)
7. Sumwhat musyng (02:57)
8. Ave lumen gratiae (Reconstructed by Magnus Williamson) (08:00)
9. That was my woo (02:18)
10. Salve Regina (11:25)
11. To complayne me, alas (03:02)
12. Maria plena virtute (13:38)