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Mark Keane: John Amner – Complete Consort Music (24/96 FLAC)

Mark Keane: John Amner - Complete Consort Music (24/96 FLAC)

Mark Keane: John Amner – Complete Consort Music (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: John Amner
Performer: Fretwork, Dublin Consort Singers
Conductor: Mark Keane
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Rubicon
Catalogue: RCD1032
Release: 2019
Size: 1.36 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Love we in one consenting
02. Let false surmises perish
03. Away with weak complainings
04. O come thou spirit divinest
05. O love beseeming well
06. Distressed soul
07. Sweet are the thoughts
08. Come let’s rejoice
09. Saint Mary now
10. At length to Christ
11. But he the God of love
12. Woe is me
13. Remember not, Lord, our offences
14. Thus sings that heavenly quire
15. The heavens stood all amazed
16. Now doth the city remain solitary
17. He that descended man to be
18. I will sing unto the Lord
19. O ye little flock
20. Fear not
21. And they cry
22. Lo, how from heaven
23. I bring you tiding
24. A stranger here
25. My Lord is hence removed and laid
26. An Elegy in Memory of Master Thomas Hynson
27. Pavan
28. Galliard
29. Consider, all ye passers by
30. I am for peace

John Amner was born and died in Ely, Cambridge shire and worked for the greater part of his life at Ely Cathedral, as a boy chorister and later as informator choristorum. He succeeded some of England’s finest composers such as George Barcroft, John Farrant and Christopher Tye. He received his Bachelor of Music from Oxford with the support of the Earl of Bath in 1613, and also from Cambridge in 1640. Although not a ‘celebrated ‘ composer of the Renaissance era, the music in Amner’s Sacred Hymnes shows that he was capable of writing in a number of styles from three-voice conzonets through to elaborate consort anthems of multiple voices in the verse sections. Also on this fascinating album is his five part Pavan and Galliard Amner’s only surviving works for viol consort which represents an indication of a broader compositional output of instrumental music by the composer. Amner has been seldom recorded, and this meticulously and lovingly curated album represents an important addition to the understanding of both the composer and the provincial religious music scene in England in the first half of the 17th century.

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