Heavenly Harmonies ()

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composed by Thomas Tallis, William Byrd

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The Heavenly Harmonies title of this disc might lead buyers to expect a general collection of sacred music, but in fact the program represents a unique juxtaposition of English Renaissance masters who are generally presented separately. One by one, the music alternates between Thomas Tallis' English-language Nine Psalm Tunes for Archbishop Parker's Psalter -- the very essence of severe Anglican homophony -- and the recusant Catholic William Byrd's richly expressive, inward motets and Mass Propers for Pentecost. The styles, ...

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  1. Psalm Tunes (9) for Archbishop Parker's Psalter, for 4 voices: Third Tune: Why fum'th in fight
  2. Vigilate, motet for 5 voices (SATBarB)
  3. Psalm Tunes (9) for Archbishop Parker's Psalter, for 4 voices: Fifth Tune: E'en like the hunted hind
  4. Ne irascaris (also anthems: "Let not Thy wrath" & "O Lord, turn thy wrath"), motet for 5 voices (SATBar (or T) B)
  5. Psalm Tunes (9) for Archbishop Parker's Psalter, for 4 voices: Second Tune: Let God arise
  6. Exsurge Domine, motet for 5 voices (SMezATB)
  7. Psalm Tunes (9) for Archbishop Parker's Psalter, for 4 voices: Sixth Tune: Expend, O Lord
  8. Infelix ego, motet for 6 voices (SMez ATBarB)
  9. Psalm Tunes (9) for Archbishop Parker's Psalter, for 4 voices: Eighth Tune: God grant with grace
  10. Laetentur coeli, motet for 5 voices (SMezATB)
  11. Psalm Tunes (9) for Archbishop Parker's Psalter, for 4 voices: First Tune: Man blest no doubt
  12. Quis et homo, motet for 5 voices (SSATB)
  13. Psalm Tunes (9) for Archbishop Parker's Psalter, for 4 voices: Veni creator: Come Holy Ghost
  14. Propers for the Mass of Pentecost, for 5 voices (Gradualia, Book 2): Introit: Spiritus Domini
  15. Propers for the Mass of Pentecost, for 5 voices (Gradualia, Book 2): Offertory: Confirma hoc Deus
  16. Propers for the Mass of Pentecost, for 5 voices (Gradualia, Book 2): Communion: Factus est repente (Gradualia II, 1607)
  17. Psalm Tunes (9) for Archbishop Parker's Psalter, for 4 voices: Seventh Tune: Why brag'st in malice
  18. Tribulationes civitatum, motet for 5 voices (SATBarB)
  19. Psalm Tunes (9) for Archbishop Parker's Psalter, for 4 voices: Fourth Tune: O come in one to praise the lord
  20. Laudibus in sanctus (also anthem "Praise the Lord among His Holy ones"), motet for 5 voices (SSATB)
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