Nicholas Ludford: Missa Regnum mundi (Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, vol. 2)

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    The second installment in Blue Heron’s 5-CD series of Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks comes in a 4-panel digipak format, and features Nicholas Ludford’s radiant Missa Regnum mundi. The Mass is presented in a musical context like that of its probable original occasion, a festal mass for St Margaret, with plainchant items from the Proper according to the Use of Salisbury. The disc concludes with Richard Pygott’s extraordinary Salve regina, one of the longest votive antiphons extant and a marvel of rhetorical expression.

    This is the world premiere recording of all the music on the disc.

    The package includes a booklet with extensive notes by Music Director Scott Metcalfe.

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Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, Volume 2

Nicholas Ludford (c1490-1557): Missa Regnum mundi
Sarum plainchant · Proper for the Feast of Saint Margaret
Richard Pygott (c1485-1549): Salve regina

Restored by Nick Sandon

The second installment in Blue Heron’s 5-CD series of Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks features Nicholas Ludford’s radiant Missa Regnum mundi, sung in a musical context like that of its probable original occasion, a festal mass for St Margaret, with plainchant items from the Proper according to the Use of Salisbury. The disc concludes with Richard Pygott’s extraordinary Salve regina, one of the longest votive antiphons extant and a marvel of rhetorical expression.

This is the world premiere recording of all the music on the disc.

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"But what polyphony this is! Even as a hardened reviewer and performer/director of polyphony (including several mass settings by Ludford), I was transported by the exquisite beauty of this Mass, and found myself sitting in semi-darkness luxuriating in the genius of Ludford’s intertwining vocal lines. Pygott’s enormous Salve regina, running in this recording to almost 23 minutes of intricate polyphony, is in the more conservative idiom of the Eton Choirbook and is given an equally intelligent and exquisitely unhurried performance. I cannot recommend this superb CD highly enough – it is the sort of recording to listen to in awe at the sustained and unerring skill of the performers and the burgeoning brilliance of the composers (and their unobtrusive editor), and to shed a quiet tear for the untold treasures that have been lost."
--- D. James Ross, Early Music Review (UK), October 2012

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released 30 March 2012

Engineering and mastering: Joel Gordon (assistant: Livia Lin)
Producer: Eric Milnes
Editing: Eric Milnes & Joel Gordon
Graphic design: Pete Goldlust & Melanie Germond
Cover photo: Green Iguana (iguana iguana), Barro Colorado Island, Panama (Getty Images)

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Track Name: Agnus Dei / Missa Regnum mundi
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem
Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.