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Robert Fayrfax (1464 - 1521): Music for Tudor Kings & Queens


In that golden age of British choral music half a millennium ago, when polyphonic voices soared in the vaulting of the great late-Gothic churches and chapels that seemed to have been built for them to fill, one composer was in especial favour with the royal family: Robert Fayrfax.

A newly reconstructed movement from a mass for the private wedding of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, later treasured in darker times by the recusant gentry for its Catholic associations, sits here alongside exuberant masterpieces from the Eton Choirbook and, in intimate contrast, Fayrfax’s seven surviving courtly songs, brought together on a single recording for the first time.

An exciting new signing for Delphian, Ensemble Pro Victoria’s young professionals bring both freshness and individuality to Fayrfax’s music in the five hundredth anniversary year of his death.

Track Listing will appear here on release date

Reviews will appear here after release date

Catalogue Number: DCD34265

Release Date: 22 October 2021

Recorded on 8-10 March 2021 in St Brandon’s Church, Brancepeth, County Durham

Producer/Engineer: Paul Baxter

24-bit digital editing: James Waterhouse

24-bit digital mastering: Paul Baxter

Design: Drew Padrutt

Booklet editor: Henry Howard

Cover: Michiel Sittow (c.1469–1525), Mary Rose Tudor or Catherine of Aragon, oil on wood, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Session photography:

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