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The recording devoted to a single manuscript has always seemed to be primarily of interest to specialists. But the example here -- a set of partbooks with a missing tenor part (editorially restored) -- works convincingly in this exploration by the virtuoso small vocal group Contrapunctus and its director, Owen Rees. The attraction is that the partbooks cover the better part of a century of music, from cantus firmus pieces by John Sheppard and Robert White to the High Renaissance structures of Thomas Tallis. Actually, the ...

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  1. Gaude gloriosa Dei mater, motet (antiphon) for 6 voices, P. 123
  2. Mater Christi, antiphon for 5 voices
  3. Tota pulchra es
  4. Magnificat, for 4 voices, P. 64
  5. Videte miraculum, motet for 6 voices, P. 293
  6. Regina Coeli for chorus
  7. Ave Dei Patris Filia
  8. Verbum caro factum est, responsory motet for 6 voices
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