Patrick Hawes (Born 1958): Love’s promise

This is the first of a cycle of five songs based upon the Song of Songs that collection of desert love poetry which prefigures Christianity and provides it with "a language of love that is both sensual and spiritual, of earth and of heaven". Hawes’ five songs take the original texts and using a little…

Orlande de Lassus (±1530-1594): Osculetur me

De Lassus used this motet which takes its text from the Song of Songs as the basis for his Mass of the same name. It’s an eight-part setting for double choir (SATB SATB) first published in 1582 in Fasciculi aliquot sacrarum it’s characterise by long phrasing offset by contrapuntal writing and contrasting sonority between the…

Thomas Weelkes (1576–1623): The Ape, The Monkey and The Baboon

Weelkes was best known to contemporaries as a madrigalist and published several volumes. The  Ape, the monkey and the baboon was one of his last compositions and was published in 1608 in Ayeres or Phantasticke Spirites for Three Voices. It’s surprisingly difficult to find good recordings of it but this performance by The Alley Barbers…