Missa Euge bone & Western Wynde Mass
Christopher Tye

Missa Euge bone & Western Wynde Mass

Westminster Abbey Choir

CDA 67928 - 0034571179285

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Christopher Tye flourished as a church musician in England during the mid-sixteenth century. A direct contemporary of Thomas Tallis, he held the prestigious post of Master of Choristers at Ely cathedral and successfully managed to compose music for both Protestant and Catholic services during a politically unstable time. Henry VIII was a fan, asserting: ‘England one god, one truth, one doctor hath for music’s art—and that is Dr Tye’ (Tye himself had Protestant leanings).
The composer was also described as ‘peevish and humoursome’, and these qualities are reflected in his remarkably individual music, characterized by unpredictable cadences and phrases of often unexpectedly startling beauty. The two major works on this recording are his masterful Missa Euge bone for six voices, and his Western Wynde Mass, probably an early work, and likely written as a complement to John Taverner’s own Mass based on this secular English song.
The peerless Westminster Abbey Choir directed by James O’Donnell performs these sparsely beautiful a cappella works with customary freshness and sense of grandeur.

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Quaesumus omnipotens et misericors Deus
    06:25
  • 2
    Missa Euge bone
    I. Gloria
    05:55
  • 3
    Missa Euge bone
    II. Credo
    04:53
  • 4
    Missa Euge bone
    III. Sanctus
    03:47
  • 5
    Missa Euge bone
    IV. Benedictus
    02:22
  • 6
    Missa Euge bone
    Va. Agnus Dei I
    01:03
  • 7
    Missa Euge bone
    Vb. Agnus Dei II
    01:32
  • 8
    Missa Euge bone
    Vc. Agnus Dei III
    01:18
  • 9
    Missa Euge bone
    Vd. Agnus Dei IV
    01:13
  • 10
    Give Almes of Thy Goods
    01:47
  • 11
    Christ Rising
    03:40
  • 12
    Peccavimus Cum Patribus Nostris
    11:39
  • 13
    Western Wynde Mass
    I. Gloria
    06:33
  • 14
    Western Wynde Mass
    II. Credo
    06:53
  • 15
    Western Wynde Mass
    III. Sanctus
    04:02
  • 16
    Western Wynde Mass
    IV. Benedictus
    02:39
  • 17
    Western Wynde Mass
    Va. Agnus Dei I
    01:06
  • 18
    Western Wynde Mass
    Vb. Agnus Dei II
    01:39
  • 19
    Western Wynde Mass
    Vc. Agnus Dei III
    01:48
  • 20
    Nunc Dimittis
    03:33