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Star of Heaven: The Eton Choirbook Legacy

Star of Heaven: The Eton Choirbook Legacy




The Eton Choirbook is famous – and important – because it uniquely preserves some of the most spectacular music composed in Britain before the age of Purcell and Handel. Had this book not survived, literally dozens of superb pieces would have been irretrievably lost; among them would have been the ones by Walter
Lambe, William Cornysh and Robert Wylkynson on this album. Whilst the book itself is of huge historic significance, its legacy is immeasurable, informing and influencing scores of composers and performers for more than 500 years. This unique recording
emphasises that legacy with the premiere of four new works by contemporary composers all commissioned by the Genesis Foundation and all inspired by the works from the Eton Choirbook alongside which they sit. This album also features Stephen Hough’s stunning exploration of faith worldwide—Hallowed—which was
commissioned for The British Museum’s ‘Living with Gods’ exhibition.

The Sixteen
Harry Christophers

Track List:

1. Nesciens mater

Walter Lambe (1450-1504)
2. Nesciens mater

Josph Phibbs (b.1974)
3. Nesciens mater+

William Cornysh (1465-1523)
4. Ave Maria, mater Dei

Philip Cooke (b.1980)
5. Ave Maria, mater Dei+

Sir James MacMillan (b.1959)
6. O Virgo prudentissima+

7. Stella caeli

Marco Galvani (b.1994)
8. Stella caeli+

Robert Wylkynson (c.1450-1515)
9. Salve Regina

Stephen Hough (b.1961)
10. In blessing (Genesis 22: 17-18)
11. Staying the night in a mountain temple
12. Song of the Earth
13. Pater Noster (Matthew 6: 9-13)

Total running time:   66.57

+ Commissioned by the Genesis Foundation

*CD available to pre-order only. CDs ordered by Tuesday 30 October will be dispatched on this date, ahead of the UK release date of 2 November. Please note that we cannot guarantee international orders will be received by the release date.

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