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Scott Metcalfe, music director

MUSIC FROM THE PETERHOUSE PARTBOOKS

World premiere recordings of neglected pre-Reformation English polyphony. Blue Heron is nearing the completion of a recording project of international musical significance: a five-CD series of Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks—a glorious collection of music from the golden age of English church music, longunheard due to the loss of one of the partbooks but now singable once again in brilliant reconstructions by Nick Sandon.

“An exciting series, more than hinting at the wealth of great sacred music written by English composers between roughly 1500 and 1540. . . . Top marks in all respects: engineering, liner notes—by the group’s director, Scott Metcalfe—and, of course, the performances themselves.” BARRY BRENESAL, FANFARE

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“Blue Heron’s sound is a revelation — fresh, dynamic and vibrant. . . . This is pristine, urgent and wondrous music-making of the highest order.” DAMIAN FOWLER, GRAMOPHONE

Available through Amazon and other fine online retailers www.blueheronchoir.org

VOLUME I Hugh Aston Three Marian Antiphons “Expressive intensity, even a hint of Baroque flair…fine gradations of dynamics; pungent diction; telling contrasts of ethereal and earthly timbres; tempos that are more lusty than languid; a way of propelling a phrase toward a goal…”

ALEX ROSS, THE NEW YORKER

VOLUME II Nicholas Ludford Missa Regnum mundi “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

VOLUME III Nicholas Ludford Missa Inclina cor meum “Exemplary… suffused with elegance and polish… Intense, expressively heightened dramas that unfold in a kind of purified, meditative slow motion.” MATTHEW GUERRIERI, THE BOSTON GLOBE

“Sublime music sung sublimely.”

IVAN MOODY

VOLUME IV

Robert Jones Missa Spes nostra

COMING APRIL „…†‡

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