Peerson: Latin Motets

Peerson: Latin Motets

by Ex Cathedra Consort
     
 

On the Hyperion disc Peerson: Latin Motets, Jeffrey Skidmore and the Ex Cathedra Consort perform, for the first time, musicologist Richard Rastall's new scholarly edition of the "Latin Motets" of late-Renaissance English composer Martin Peerson. These are rare works indeed -- Henry VIII had wiped out the Catholic Church in England in the previous century, andSee more details below

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On the Hyperion disc Peerson: Latin Motets, Jeffrey Skidmore and the Ex Cathedra Consort perform, for the first time, musicologist Richard Rastall's new scholarly edition of the "Latin Motets" of late-Renaissance English composer Martin Peerson. These are rare works indeed -- Henry VIII had wiped out the Catholic Church in England in the previous century, and the faith was slow to return to England. It is not known why Peerson, who is best known for short keyboard character pieces such as "The Fall of a Leafe," undertook these 15 settings of sacred texts in Latin. The surviving set of parts are lacking the top voice, so all of the missing parts are reconstructed by Rastall. For what it's worth, if any of the reconstructed material is apparent as such on listening, it was hard to catch it; Rastall's reconstructed voice seamlessly flows into the other parts. These are beautiful pieces and are surprising in their un-Italian-sounding "countenance Anglois." This is an earlier style that to which, at least on the surface, it would seem Peerson would have had little opportunity for exposure in his lifetime. Yet these works of Peerson seem to pick up right where the last generation of English Catholic composers, such as John Browne, Richard Davy, and Walter Lambe, left off, albeit a century later and with some refinements of technique. The motets are somber, subtly thorny, and show a fluidity of texture that is worthy of any late Renaissance music produced on the continent, although by the 1630s, when these settings were most likely composed, Baroque conceits had already begun to creep into continental sacred music. The "Latin Motets" of Peerson seem completely out of their frame of time. Skidmore and the Ex Cathedra Consort perform these pieces to a "T" -- no complaints or exceptions are to be taken here. The recording, made at St. Paul's Church in New Southgate, London, is up to Hyperion's usual high standards, although seems a little quiet.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2005
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571174907
catalogNumber:
67490
Rank:
263855

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  1. Deus omnipotens  - Martin Peerson  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Jeffrey Skidmore  -  Ex Cathedra Consort
  2. Redemptor mundi, psalm-tune harmonization  - Martin Peerson  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Jeffrey Skidmore  -  Ex Cathedra Consort
  3. Pater fili paraclete  - Martin Peerson  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Jeffrey Skidmore  -  Ex Cathedra Consort
  4. Levavi oculos meos in montes  - Martin Peerson  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Jeffrey Skidmore  -  Ex Cathedra Consort
  5. Ecce non dormitabit  - Martin Peerson  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Jeffrey Skidmore  -  Ex Cathedra Consort
  6. Mulieres sedentes  - Martin Peerson  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Jeffrey Skidmore  -  Ex Cathedra Consort
  7. Christus factus est  - Martin Peerson  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Jeffrey Skidmore  -  Ex Cathedra Consort
  8. Hora nona dominus Jesus  - Martin Peerson  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Jeffrey Skidmore  -  Ex Cathedra Consort
  9. Latus eius lancea miles perforavit  - Martin Peerson  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Jeffrey Skidmore  -  Ex Cathedra Consort
  10. O rex gloriae  - Martin Peerson  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Jeffrey Skidmore  -  Ex Cathedra Consort
  11. Quid vobis videtur de Christo  - Martin Peerson  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Jeffrey Skidmore  -  Ex Cathedra Consort
  12. O domine Jesu Christe  - Martin Peerson  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Jeffrey Skidmore  -  Ex Cathedra Consort
  13. Laboravi in gemitu meo  - Martin Peerson  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Jeffrey Skidmore  -  Ex Cathedra Consort
  14. Nolite fieri sicut equus et mulus  - Martin Peerson  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Jeffrey Skidmore  -  Ex Cathedra Consort
  15. Multa flagella peccatoris  - Martin Peerson  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon  - Jeffrey Skidmore  -  Ex Cathedra Consort

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