Contrapunctus and Rees Release New Baldwin Partbooks Disc

The latest disc from Contrapunctus, directed by Professor Owen Rees, is released this Friday 3 February.

This is the second release in the ensemble’s series centred on music of the Baldwin Partbooks. John Baldwin was a member of the choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and his transcriptions during the 1570s and 1580s create one of the greatest surviving collections of Marian polyphony, composed during the reigns of Henry VIII and Mary Tudor. This volume explores texts celebrating Mary as mother of God, and on the Virgin and her Child.

These recordings are one of the outputs from the AHRC-funded project on the Partbooks.

The first disc in this Baldwin series, In the Midst of Life, released two years ago, was Gramophone Editor’s Choice, and BBC Music Magazine Choral and Song Choice, and was also shortlisted for a Gramophone Award.

The repertoire includes music by John Taverner, Robert White, Thomas Tallis, Robert Fairfax and John Sheppard.

The disc will be on sale at Blackwells Music Shop, Oxford, and can also be from iTunes.

On Saturday 11 February Contrapunctus will hold a launch concert for the CD in the Chapel of The Queen’s College. Tickets can be purchased from Tickets Oxford and the Oxford Playhouse, telephone 01865 305305.