Choirs of Angels

Choirs of Angels


The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Stephen Darlington, director

Release Date:

11th March 2013

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Following a critically acclaimed recording of music from the Eton Choirbook, More Divine Than Human (AV 2167), The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford returns with a second volume from the vast collection of 15th-century English sacred music, Choirs of Angels. The works range from John Browne’s richly scored eight-part O Maria salvatoris mater, the first piece in the Eton Choirbook, to William Cornysh’s exquisite miniature Ave Maria mater Dei, the choirbook’s shortest work. The compositional range in the Eton Choirbook demands extraordinary virtuosity from its performers, and Stephen Darlington and his choir of men and boys do this glorious music tremendous justice.


John BROWNE (fl c 1480–1505)
1. O Maria salvatoris mater a 8 (15:50)

William CORNYSH (d 1502)
2. Ave Maria mater Dei a 4 (4:07)

Richard DAVY (c 1465 – c 1507)
3 Salve Jesu mater vera a 5 (16:49)

Walter LAMBE (b ?1450–51, d after Michaelmas 1504)
4. O Maria plena gracia a 6 (20:52)

Robert WYLKYNSON (b c 1475–80, d 1515 or later)
5. Salve regina a 9 (16:22)
Total timing: 74:05

Recorded 11 – 14 September 2012, Chapel of Merton College, Oxford
Producer: David Trendell / Balance engineer and editing: Simon Fox-Gál

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