Jacquet de Mantua (1483 -1559): Aspice Domine

I wrote about this five-part (SATTB) motet by Jacquet de Mantua featuring the performance by Delititiæ Musicæ under Marco Longhini back  in May. 1  I recently stumbled across this performance by the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford under Bill Ives, really it’s superb, don’t miss it. mfi

Feature: Sheppard: Missa Cantate

It turns out that the two things I’d been taught about the English renaissance composer John Sheppard (c1515–1558) are not in fact true.  There’s no evidence that he was ever a chorister at St. Pauls and my mental image of him as the Informator Choristarum (director of music) at Magdalen College, Oxford, so dedicated to…

Byrd: Nunc Dimittis: Choir of Magdalen College Oxford

The Magnificat and Nunc dimittis have been sung at Evensong in the Church of England (Anglican) from the time of its foundation during the reformation. Evensong took the place of the Catholic Vespers (Magnificat), and Compline (Nunc dimittis). In this posting I discuss a recording of Byrd’s Nunc Dimittis, Great Service, 2, sung by the…