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Ludford: Missa Videte Miraculum

Magazine article Gramophone

Ludford: Missa Videte Miraculum

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Ludford

Missa Videte miraculum. Alleluia, ora pro nobis. Ave Maria, ancilla Trinitatis. Hac dara die turma. Ninefold Kyrie The Choir of Westminster Abbey / James O'Donnell org Hyperion (F) CDA68192 (63' * DDD * T/t)

The modern reputation of Nicholas Ludford (H490-1557) was really sealed by the first recordings of The Cardinally Musick in the early 1990s (ASV Gaudeamus, 7/93, 12/93, 7/94, 1/95). These pioneering discs transformed Ludford from being considered a bridge linking Robert Fayrfax with John Taverner--to one of the most prolific composers of Masses in Tudor England and a great pre-Reformation musician. Having been largely the preserve of specialist vocal consorts it's great to hear Ludford sung by the choir of Westminster Abbey, and this album joins another notable recent release by Trinity Boys Choir (Rondeau, 12/17) to perform his music in a choral setting.

The opening Ninefold Kyrie, with nimble organ versets from old and new sources, showcases the smooth sound of the Lay Vicars, who comprise some of our leading consort singers. They forge a richly sonorous sound in the generous acoustic of All Hallows, Gospel Oak, and the organ (recorded in St Mary Undercroft, Westminster) offers a sprightly contrast. …

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