‘The Sweetest Songs’ named as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine

The Sweetest Songs

The new album by Contrapunctus, a professional vocal consort directed by Professor Owen Rees, has been named as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine.

Fabrice Fitch describes the release as ‘an exquisite album of early music form Contrapunctus, concluding a superb survey of works from the Baldwin Partbooks’.

‘The Sweetest Songs’ is the third and final release in Contrapunctus’s series (begun in 2015) presenting music from the Baldwin Partbooks, the richest manuscript collection of Tudor polyphony, preserved in Christ Church library. Each of the discs has explored a contrasting aspect of this remarkable collection, and this final CD opens a window on a striking aspect of the history of the motet in England: the psalm motet. This project was generously supported by the University’s John Fell Fund.

Read the full review on the Gramophone website.