Hear selections from new releases with our weekly Choral Featured Album Fridays at 11 a.m. central on the Choral Stream.
This week's Choral Featured Album is Missa Videte miraculum, the new release from the Choir of Westminster Abbey. Comprising 39 tracks, the record showcases the work of 16th century composer Nicholas Ludford.
About the album (from the Choir of Westminster Abbey's website)
Lesser-known Tudor composer Nicholas Ludford spent his career at the epicentre of English musical life yet is barely known to today's audiences. Born at the start of Henry VII's reign, his life spanned one of the most turbulent periods in the country's history, encompassing Henry VIII's break with Rome, the rise of Protestantism under Edward VI and the Catholic Revival under Mary Tudor. Ludford had strong links with Westminster, working at St. Stephen's Chapel in the Palace of Westminster, and later at St. Margaret's Church.
While his name may not be as familiar to modern audiences as his Tudor near-contemporaries Taverner and Tallis, this disc demonstrates that Ludford's music is equally worthy of attention for its intricacy, opulence and sheer inventiveness.
ResourcesMissa Videte miraculum (Hyperion Records)
The Choir of Westminster Abbey (official site)