Hear selections from new releases with our weekly Choral Featured Album Fridays at 11 a.m. central on the Choral Stream.
This week on the Choral Featured Album, we present The Lost Music of Canterbury: Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, the new release from Boston vocal ensemble Blue Heron. Comprising five discs and 38 tracks, the set contains a number of world premiere recordings of works from the Peterhouse Partbooks. Read more about the project and recordings below (from the Blue Heron website):
The 5-CD boxed set The Lost Music of Canterbury: Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks is the capstone of a landmark project of international musical significance which presents extraordinary music from the last generation of medieval Catholicism in England.
The set includes mostly world-premiere recordings and features masses by Nicholas Ludford, antiphons by Hugh Aston and Richard Pygott, the complete surviving works of Robert Jones (an early 16th-century musician, not the lute-song composer of the Elizabethan era) and the gifted though previously completely unknown composers Hugh Sturmy and Robert Hunt, and all but one of the surviving works of John Mason. The missing tenor parts (and, where needed, the treble parts) have been supplied by Nick Sandon, who has dedicated much of his professional life to the Peterhouse partbooks, which were copied for Canterbury Cathedral in 1540 and are now named for the college currently housing them, Peterhouse Cambridge.
ResourcesBlue Heron (official site)
The Lost Music of Canterbury (Amazon)