What a magnificent set of recordings. I had feared when the original recording company went bust that these recordings may be lost, but fortunately The Sixteen's own label, Coro, took them and a wider back catalogue on and saved what is the only recording of the complete book.
The Eton Choirbook is a fundamental 'publication' in English music. It is, pretty much, the largest extant collection of music from the end of the 15th century, collating the music of John Browne, Richard Davy, Walter Lambe, William Cornysh and Robert Fayrfax amongst others. The collection consists of settings of the Magnificat, a Credo, a few settings of the Stabat Mater, and then a host of Marian antiphon motets (I seem to remember there might be one or two to do with Christ, given a change in emphasis at the time of compilation).
Each piece is given its own performance - that is to say that no two pieces are merely given a perfunctory performance by The Sixteen. Of particular mention, for my taste, is the Cornysh Salve Regina. The recordings were made in the great acoustic of St Bartholomew's in Orford, on the Suffolk coast. It is a popular venue for performances and recordings (Britten much admired it), and it is easy to see why: the acoustic, ably recorded, gives an extra bloom to the already superb singing.
To anyone who is a fan of Renaissance music, this set would go far to extend your collection; to anyone who likes the music of Fayrfax or Ludford (beautifully recorded by the Cardinall's Musick - also available on Amazon), this will set your hearts on fire.