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Magnificat - The Tudors At Prayer - The Sunday Times


25 May 2014
The Sunday Times
Stephen Pettitt

This aurally luxuriant collection of Latin settings by five of the finest Tudor composers opens with a masterpiece of its age, William Mundy's vast, ornate and infinitely texturally varied Vox patris caelestis, written in Mary's reign, but resurrecting the pre-Reformation votive antiphon tradition. The singers of Magnificat are acutely responsive to this architecture. At the end comes William Byrd's great 1575 motet Tribue Domine.
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