Michael Wise (c.1648–1687): Sacred Choral Music

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Chastised for ‘excesses in his life and conversation’, Michael Wise lived a notoriously dissolute life which ended when he was hit about the head and ‘kill’d downright’ by the night-watchman of Salisbury Cathedral.

Thus was St Paul’s robbed of its forthcoming Master of the Choristers, and history of one of the period’s most prolific and accomplished composers. Geoffrey Webber and his choir pay testament to the more respectable music-making that is Wise’s legacy.

Also features organ music by Matthew Locke and Christopher Gibbons.

"Invigorating and highly persuasive"

"This disc demonstrates that Wise's music is unjustly neglected, and one can only hope that more ensembles and choirs will include some of his compositions in their repertoire."

"Wise was not the greatest composer of the Restoration period but he is too good to be forgotten and Geoffrey Webber and his team have done us a service in bringing him to the attention of CD buyers."


Producer: Paul Baxter
Venue: Chapel of Pembroke College, Cambridge
Recording dates: 30 June - 2 July 2007
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 19
Release date: 26 May 2008
Catalogue No: DCD34041
Total playing time: 1:10:15

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