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Program: #11-43   Air Date: Oct 17, 2011

We begin with two from Christ Church Cathedral Choir: Music from the Eton Choirbook, and Treasures from Christ Church; then, we hear the latest from Andrew Parrott, Bach's funeral music for Prince Leopold.

NOTE: All of the recordings on this program come from the Avie label. For more information,. you may explore:

I. More Divine than Human: Music from the Eton Choirbook (Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/Stephen Darlington, dir.) Avie CD 2167

John FAWKYNER (fl late 15th century)
1. Gaude rosa sine spina 
William CORNYSH (d. c. 1502)
2. Salve regina 
Walter LAMBE (b. 1450–51, d. after Michaelmas 1504)
3. Magnificat 
Richard DAVY (c. 1465 - 1535)
4. In honore summe matris 
John BROWNE (fl c. 1480–1505)
5. Stabat mater 

II. Treasures of Christ Church (Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/Stephen Darlington, dir.) Avie CD 2215

1. George Frideric HANDEL Zadok the priest  
2. William WALTON Set me as a seal 
3. Thomas TALLIS Salvator mundi 
4. Henry PURCELL O God, thou art my God 
5. Robert PARSONS Ave Maria 
6. Benjamin BRITTEN Shepherd’s Carol 
7. Herbert HOWELLS Like as the hart 
8. John TAVENER The Lord’s Prayer 
9. John TAVERNER Christe Jesu 
10. Francis GRIER My breath lies quiet 
11. Peter WARLOCK Bethlehem Down 
12. John RUTTER Canticle of the Heavenly City 
13. William BYRD O Lord make thy servant Elizabeth 
14. Stephen DARLINGTON Jacob’s Ladder 
15. Orlando GIBBONS Great Lord of Lords 
16. Howard GOODALL Veni, Sancte Spiritus 
17. Thomas WEELKES Hosanna to the Son of David 

III. J.S. BACH: Trauer-Music for Prince Leopold (soloists/Taverner consort & Players/Andrew Parrott, dir.) Avie CD 2241

Andrew Parrott is a master of musicological detective work known for his adventurous and uncompromising scholarship. He is also internationally known for his pioneering historically informed performances and recordings of pre-classical repertory. This new release combines the best of both, resulting in the first full reconstruction and recording of the funeral music for J. S. Bach’s patron, Prince Leopold of Cöthen. Bach’s years in Cöthen were musically fertile and Prince Leopold was a knowledgeable and committed supporter of music and the arts, so it’s ironic that much of Bach’s output during those years has been lost or even destroyed. The score for Trauer-Music, written in 1728 on the occasion of the Prince’s sudden death at the age of 34, has almost completely disappeared, yet through the discovery of numerous clues in other works and writings, Parrott has been able to reconstruct what was clearly a heart-felt homage.

Parrott conducts the renowned Taverner Consort and Players, the organisation he founded in 1973, and a superb roster of baroque vocal soloists. A unique document and superb performance make this a recording for classical music aficionados and lovers of Bach’s music alike.


J. S. BACH (1685 – 1750)
Trauer-Music for Prince Leopold
Burial Service

Memorial Service



Composer Info

John FAWKYNER (fl late 15th century), William CORNYSH (d. c. 1502), Walter LAMBE (b. 1450–51, d. after Michaelmas 1504), Richard DAVY (c. 1465 - 1535), John BROWNE (fl c. 1480–1505), J. S. BACH (1685 – 1750),

CD Info

Avie CD 2215, Avie CD 2241, Avie CD 2167