- 1Benedite Il Signor Emilio De' Cavalieri
- 2Dixit MariaHans Leo Hassler
- 3Ave MariaRobert Parsons
- 4Musica Est DeiOrlande De Lassus
- 5O Sapientia Robert Ramsey
- 6Now Is the Month of Maying (recorder consort)Thomas Morley
- 7Tibi Laus Peter Philips
- 8O Nata Lux Thomas Tallis
- 9Audite, Silete Michael Praetorius
- 10The Silver Swan (recorder consort)Orlando Gibbons
- 11Deo GratiasWilliam Byrd
- 12Ne Timeas MariaTomás Luis De Victoria
- 13Jubilate DeoPeter Philips
- 14Ave Virgo GloriosaRichard Dering
- 15O Magnum MysteriumWilliam Byrd
- 16Alta Trinita BeataAnon.
- 17Alamaine (Recorder Consort)Richard Dering
- 18Jubilate DeoRichard Dering
- 19Lighten Our DarknessDavid Goymour
In the Artists' Hall
- DirectorBruce Ramell
- RecordedThe Artists' Hall, Waterperry House, Oxfordshire
- EngineerAdrian Green
- MasteringAdaq Khan
- ProducerAdrian Green
- Creative DirJohn Bevan
- Exec ProducerAdrian Green
In The Artists' Hall
The pieces on this recording are a sample of DISCANTVS’ repertoire, which is largely sacred and from the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries.
As a group, we enjoy performing music which has a certain gravitas, that rather elusive factor where the music seems to enable the singer and listener to hear something beyond the notes so that the beauty of the music acts as a sort of portal.
If this depth is indeed there in the music, then the composer is the one who has in fact opened the door and so one of the endeavours of the choir is to allow the music to speak and not overlay it with “our” performance. Who are these composers?
Two Englishmen feature strongly in our work, Peter Philips (1560 – 1628) and Richard Dering (c1580 – 1630), both practising Catholics in an era of Protestant revolution and religious upheaval across England. Both show an awareness of the developing Italianate style of the early C16.
Alongside, we place Robert Ramsey (fl. 1616 – 44) William Byrd (1543 -1623), Tallis (c1505 – 1585) and Robert Parsons (? – 1570) and two continental composers, Hans Leo Hassler (1564 – 1612) and Thomás Luis de Victoria (1548 – 1611).
This selection is interspersed with vocal and instrumental interludes (Nos 1, 4. 6, 9, 16, 17). Vocal interludes are rounds or extracts from larger works which we have enjoyed singing in an odd moment, such as at a mealtime, in a square in Madrid or on a coach journey. Two of the recorder pieces are in fact madrigals.
The final piece is a setting of a collect from Evensong by one of our singers, David Goymour. We have delighted in singing this in a number of English cathedrals.
DISCANTVS is a voluntarily group of mainly longstanding philosophy students united by a love of music and singing. Formed in 1988, it has over the years performed in many places in the UK and Europe.
Its repertory is predominantly drawn from sacred English music written between the 15th to 18th centuries, although they are also fond of singing music by two living composers, Tavener and Pärt.
While much of the singing is unaccompanied, pieces are also sometimes performed with continuo or orchestra.
Some DISCANTVS members are competent soloists, and solos and duets are a normal part of its performance repertoire. Some also form a recorder ensemble.
Director of Music, Bruce Ramell