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Tye: Missa Euge Bone (Western Wynde Mass) (Hyperion: CDA67928) CD


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1. Quaesumus omnipotens et misericors Deus
2. Missa Euge bone
3. Give almes of thy goods
4. Christ rising
5. Peccavimus cum patribus nostris
6. Western Wynde Mass
7. Nunc dimittis

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Christopher Tye flourished as a church musician in England during the mid-sixteenth century. A direct contemporary of Thomas Tallis, he held the prestigious post of Master of Choristers at Ely cathedral and successfully managed to compose music for both Protestant and Catholic services during a politically unstable time. Henry VIII was a fan, asserting: England one god, one truth, one doctor hath for musics artand that is Dr Tye (Tye himself had Protestant leanings). The composer was also described as peevish and humoursome, and these qualities are reflected in his remarkably individual music, characterized by unpredictable cadences and phrases of often unexpectedly startling beauty. The two major works on this recording are his masterful Missa Euge bone for six voices, and his Western Wynde Mass, probably an early work, and likely written as a complement to John Taverners own Mass based on this secular English song. The peerless Westminster Abbey Choir directed by James ODonnell performs these sparsely beautiful a cappella works with customary freshness and sense of grandeur.

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Christopher Tye (c 1505-73) was a contemporary of Thomas Tallis, and while they shared similar career paths (Tallis to the Chapel Royal, Tye to Ely Cathedral) their music is often radically different, reflecting their characters. Tye was described as peevish, and it shows. The Gloria of his magnificent Missa Euge bone brings you up short with some startlingly grumpy gestures and intriguing harmonic shifts, but the dark clouds never last long the closing section of his glorious motet "Peccavimus cum patribus nostris", for instance, resolves in an explosion of dazzling polyphony. Westminster Abbey Choir are on brilliant form here, trebles crisp and alert and lay vicars forthright and muscular. --Observer,Sunday 22 April 2012

The choir sings with … power and clarity. --IRR, June'12

These are good sturdy performances. --Gramophone, Aug'12

Westminster Abbey Choristers…are on crack form here. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine, Oct'12

These are good sturdy performances. --Gramophone, Aug'12

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Truly English 1550. 3 Sept. 2012
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Alive at the same time as Thomas Tallis, Christopher Tye presents a more confrontational style, though he and Tallis were frowned on by Rome. They survived both Protestant and Catholic regimes in England.
The Westminster Choir is as usual stunning,as is the sound on this recording. Tye's wilful and compelling approach is obvious, the result of the Conductor, James O'Donnell, whose interpretation of the works is extremely faithful.
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