Tye: Three Masses

Tye: Three Masses

Christopher Tye (1505?-1572) was one of the most important composers of the generation of Tallis and Sheppard, yet little of his music has survived. Here, for the first time on CD, all three of his masses are presented together. Tye was for many years Magister Choristarum at Ely, so it is especially appropriate that the works are performed by the famous Choir of Ely Cathedral, and recorded in the spacious acoustic of Ely´s great Lady Chapel - the very place where Tye himself would have directed them. The large-scale 6-part Euge bone Mass is Tye´s most splendid creation, closely rivalled by his mass based on the English secular song The Western Wind. The major discovery is the world premiere recording of the Peterhouse Mass (so-called because its source is the Peterhouse part-books). Its resurrection adds another masterpiece to the glories of English polyphony.Because the total timing of all three masses is too long for a single CD, the Peterhouse Mass appears on the second disc.

"..no Tudor collection should be without it" (Fanfare) Penguin Guide ***

"..confident, full-bodied and refreshingly unmannered." (Choir & Organ).

Double Compact Disc
Ref CD GAU190 Commercial Recording

TRACK LISTING

  • MASS 'Western Wind'
  • Gloria
  • Credo
  • Sanctus
  • Benedictus
  • Agnus Dei
  • MASS 'Euge Bone'
  • Gloria
  • Credo
  • Sanctus
  • Benedictus
  • Agnus Dei
  • PETERHOUSE MASS
  • Gloria
  • Credo
  • Sanctus
  • Benedictus
  • Agnus Dei