In Nomine: English Consort Works

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Thomas Tallis, Robert I Parsons, William Cornysh, William Byrd, Christopher Tye, Robert I Johnson, John Taverner, John Bull, Alfonso II Ferrabosco, John Baldwin, Thomas Preston

Label: Amon Ra

Media Format: Cassette

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: CSAR29

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Solfaing Song a 5 Christopher Wilson
Thomas Tallis Composer
Fretwork
In Nomine a 4 No. 1 Fretwork
Thomas Tallis Composer
In Nomine a 5 Fretwork
Robert I Parsons Composer
Fa la sol a 3 Fretwork
William Cornysh Composer
In Nomine a 4 No. 2 Fretwork
Christopher Wilson
William Byrd Composer
(19) In Nomines Christopher Tye Composer
Fretwork
In Nomine a 5 Robert I Johnson Composer
Fretwork
Libera nos, salva nos Fretwork
Thomas Tallis Composer
In Nomine Christopher Wilson
John Taverner Composer
In Nomine a 5 Fretwork
John Bull Composer
Christopher Wilson
Fantasia No. 5 Alfonso II Ferrabosco Composer
Christopher Wilson
(19) In Nomines Christopher Tye Composer
Fretwork
In Nomine a 4 John Baldwin Composer
Fretwork
In Nomine a 4 John Taverner Composer
Fretwork
Ut re me fa sol Robert I Parsons Composer
Fretwork
Fantasia a 5 Fretwork
Thomas Tallis Composer
O lux beata trinitas Thomas Preston Composer
Christopher Wilson
Fretwork
Fantasia a 4 Alfonso II Ferrabosco Composer
Christopher Wilson
Fretwork
In Nomine a 4 No. 2 Fretwork
Thomas Tallis Composer
In Nomine a 5 Alfonso II Ferrabosco Composer
Fretwork
Fantasia a 3, C No. 3 William Byrd Composer
Fretwork

Composer or Director: John Taverner, Alfonso II Ferrabosco, William Byrd, Christopher Tye, William Cornysh, Thomas Preston, John Bull, Thomas Tallis, Robert I Parsons, John Baldwin, Robert I Johnson

Label: Amon Ra

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: CD-SAR29

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
In Nomine John Taverner Composer
Christopher Wilson
Fantasia a 4 Alfonso II Ferrabosco Composer
Christopher Wilson
Fretwork
In Nomine a 5 Fretwork
Alfonso II Ferrabosco Composer
Fantasia a 3, C No. 3 Fretwork
William Byrd Composer
(19) In Nomines Fretwork
Christopher Tye Composer
In Nomine a 4 John Taverner Composer
Fretwork
Fa la sol a 3 Fretwork
William Cornysh Composer
O lux beata trinitas Thomas Preston Composer
Fretwork
Christopher Wilson
(19) In Nomines Christopher Tye Composer
Fretwork
In Nomine a 5 John Bull Composer
Fretwork
Christopher Wilson
Solfaing Song a 5 Christopher Wilson
Thomas Tallis Composer
Fretwork
Fantasia a 5 Thomas Tallis Composer
Fretwork
In Nomine a 4 No. 1 Thomas Tallis Composer
Fretwork
Libera nos, salva nos Thomas Tallis Composer
Fretwork
In Nomine a 4 No. 2 Fretwork
Thomas Tallis Composer
Ut re me fa sol Robert I Parsons Composer
Fretwork
In Nomine a 5 Fretwork
Robert I Parsons Composer
In Nomine a 4 John Baldwin Composer
Fretwork
Fantasia No. 5 Alfonso II Ferrabosco Composer
Christopher Wilson
In Nomine a 5 Robert I Johnson Composer
Fretwork
In Nomine a 4 No. 2 Christopher Wilson
Fretwork
William Byrd Composer
Many thanks to Fretwork—the English consort to watch—for having dignified the native In Nomine with a CD. For the uninitiated, In Nomines are instrumental compositions popular in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, in which counterpoints are woven around a cantus firmus derived from the Sarum antiphon Gloria tibi Trinitas. The earliest and one of the best known of In Nomines, by Taverner concludes the disc. Although there is no dearth of examples (over 150 survive), nearly half the works on the CD are based on other themes. These include, for the first time on record, the three works which comprise the complete consort music of Tallis (one of them recently discovered in fragmentary form and convincingly reconstructed by our own John Milsom). So it represents a selective compendium of English cantus firmus compositions for instruments. Another disc, presenting other In Nomines by such worthy composers as Gibbons, Lawes, the younger Ferrabosco and Purcell, must surely be planned.
The viol players of Fretwork play together beautifully in the contrasting homophonic and imitative textures that characterize this music, the treble playing in particular is sweet and amenable to subtle nuances. Christopher Wilson's lute adds definition to the consort timbre (which in fact changes in terms of personnel and instrumentation from one work to the next) and variety with three solo movements including one by Byrd with a single treble viol. Warwick Edwards provides a note both interesting and informative.
A number of the In Nomines stand out, among them those given the titles Crye and Trust by Tye (the most prolific composer in this genre) and those of Byrd and the elder Ferrabosco—both masterful in their expressiveness and vitality. Fretwork never hesitate in the face of the arcane chromaticisms arising from the counterpoint, so characteristic of English music of this era, and here prominent in the works based on other cantus firmi by Parsons and Preston. The Franco-Flemish-inspired Solfaing Song a 5 of Tallis is more tuneful than most of these works, an aspect which the ensemble nicely exploits. Cornyshe's Fa la sol a 3, lasting almost six minutes, affords the group the opportunity to demonstrate their skill in sustaining larger structures. Fretwork show themselves to be well in control of the elements and aesthetics of this repertory.'

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