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Amavi - music for viols and voices by Michael East

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2503 SACD
Release date2021-01-08
Orig. sample rate192000Hz
Total time71:14

Running through this album is a path from despair and sin through revelation, repentance and belief, to life, triumph and finally love. The stations on the way are eight five-part fantasias for viols by Michael East (1580–1648), unusual in that each of them has a Latin title – from Desperavi to Amavi. In his time, East was one of England’s most published composers with seven books of his compositions in print, all of them containing music for viols and voices. The fantasias are here performed by the five members of Chelys Consort of Viols, who together with the singers in Fieri Consort have selected vocal items by East to complement each of the instrumental pieces.

Both sacred and secular, these include so-called verse anthems with music alternating between solo sections (the ‘verse’) and the full choir, with an accompaniment provided either by organ or a consort of viols. But the viols also join in in the madrigals, following the description of the contents on the title page of East’s Fourth Set of Bookes: ‘apt for viols and voyces’. Regretting the lack of modern repertoire for this combination the performers have also commissioned a new piece by the composer Jill Jarman. Setting a verse by Sir Henry Wotton, a contemporary of East, Now are my thoughts at peace sums up the journey of the fantasias from Desperavi to Amavi, 400 years after they were written.

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Extra material for download
01 Desperavi 04:16 $ 0.51 USD
02 When David heard 04:58 $ 0.60 USD
03 Peccavi 04:06 $ 0.49 USD
04 Turn thy face 03:27 $ 0.41 USD
05 O give me the comfort of thy help again 03:18 $ 0.40 USD
06 Vidi 03:35 $ 0.43 USD
07 Hence stars too dim of light 02:21 $ 0.28 USD
08 Penitet 03:50 $ 0.46 USD
09 Farewell sweet woods 03:20 $ 0.40 USD
10 Credidi 03:46 $ 0.45 USD
11 O Lord of whom I do depend 02:05 $ 0.25 USD
12 Vixi 03:40 $ 0.44 USD
13 Life tell me 02:55 $ 0.35 USD
14 Triumphavi 04:08 $ 0.50 USD
15 O clap your hands 03:24 $ 0.41 USD
16 God is gone up 03:25 $ 0.41 USD
17 Amavi 06:10 $ 0.74 USD
18 When I lament 02:52 $ 0.34 USD
19 Now are my thoughts at peace 05:29 $ 0.66 USD
  Album total 71:14
ComposerEast, Michael
Jarman, Jill
Vocal ensembleFieri Consort

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