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The Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal

The Gents

Parsons, Weelkes, Byrd, Cornysh, Whyte, Holborne, Bennet, Ferrabosco I, Ferrabosco II, Tomkins, Johnson, Tallis

SKU: 18902

Year of release: 2002

1. Ave Maria Parsons 05:09
2. Lord, to Thee I make my moan Weelkes 03:06
3. Ave Verum Corpus Byrd 04:26
4. Deliver us, O Lord Weelkes 03:37
5. Ave Maria, Mater Dei Cornysh 02:29
6. Christe, qui lux es et dies Whyte 01:35
7. Paradizo Whyte 04:36
8. The Sighes Holborne 03:18
9. The Honi-suckle Holborne 01:32
10. Eliza, her name gives honour Holborne 01:13
11. Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae I Bennet 02:01
12. Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae I Ferrabosco I 08:49
13. In depth no man remembreth Thee Ferrabosco II 01:49
14. Remember me, O Lord Tomkins 03:07
15. Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae II Ferrabosco I 10:58
16. Eliza is the fairest Johnson 02:23
17. A Fancie in C Major from Mye Ladye Nevells Booke Byrd 06:11
18. Salvator mundi Tallis 02:42
19. Credo quod Redemptor Parsons 03:11
20. Miserere nostri Tallis 02:23
Total time: 74:42

About this album

The first half of the sixteenth century followed a very turbulent course in all of Europe, and England, as well, went through troubled times. Henry VIII succeeded to the throne in 1509, and reigned for 38 years. In 1533 he founded the Anglican church, he married six times, waged wars, and even found a little time to do some composing. After his death in 1547, he was succeeded by Edward VI, who was followed in 1555, after the death of Mary, by Elizabeth I, Henry VIII’s younger daughter. Elizabeth had the task of bringing peace and stability to the country, and during her long reign, English music flourished as never before.

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BBC Music Magazine

palpable feeling for wide harmonic spaces and those lovely intertwining melodic arches. (…) (…) Excellent countertenors (…)


opmerkelijk knap is het hoe het koor ook in de meest capricieuze melodische lijnen (Ave Maria van William Cornysh) vasthoudt aan een kraakhelder muzikale eenheid (…)

Apeldoornse Courant

Aanstormend Talent (…) Loepzuivere intonatie en het ontbreken van ook maar een zweem van vibrato (…) Luister (…) beeldschoon album, dit koor en zijn dirigent tonen een prachtig stijlbesef en een haast griezelige accuratesse, gepaard aan een sterk doorontwikkeld ensemblegeluid (…)


Characteristic of the Dutch sound is a depht, richness and a full-throated sonority (…) (…) A choir to watch (…)


The Gents

Peter Dijkstra

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording LocationOude katholieke Kerk - the Hague, The Netherlands May 2002
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersDCS A/D DSD / DCS DA
Cablesvan den Hul T3 series