Christmas in Medieval England

 

Video: Permanent vierge

Attributed to Johannes Ockeghem. Recorded live in concert.

 

Editor's Choice in Gramophone

Breaking News: Our latest release, Volume 5 of Music From the Peterhouse Partbooks, has been selected as an Editor's Choice for November by Gramophone Magazine. Fabrice Fitch calls it "one of the discoveries of the year". On newsstands now.

 

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OUT NOW: Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, Volume 5

"One of the discoveries of the year" - Fabrice Fitch (Gramophone)(Editor's Choice); "One of the most important early choral projects of our time" - D. James Ross (Early Music Review (UK))

 

"The singing is both precise and fluid, immaculate and alive" -- Alex Ross, The New Yorker | Aug. 24, 2015

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Ma maistresse (Ockeghem@600, Concert 6)
October 14 Cambridge

Songs of Love & Death
November 11 Brunswick, ME (2 PM)
November 13 Williamstown, MA
November 14 Bayside, NY (1:30 PM)

Christmas in Medieval England
December 22 Cambridge
December 23 Cambridge (2:30 Matinee)
December 23 Cambridge (8 PM)

Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks
February 3 Cambridge
February 4 Providence, RI (4 PM)

Missa Fors seulement (Ockeghem@600, Concert 7)
February 28 Morgantown, WV
March 1 Boston
March 2 Wellesley
March 3 Cambridge

The Iberian Songbook: Spanish songs & Dances, 1450-1600
April 14 Cambridge (3 PM Family Concert)
April 14 Cambridge
April 15 Dorchester (4 PM)

Songs of Love & Death
May 3 Cambridge
May 5 Concord, MA

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I feel privileged to be able to revel in such a subtle shaped set of performances... This is the kind of recording that makes you sit up and pay attention.. There is plenty that is memorable here, and always the anticipation of something juicy to relish just around the corner. You can't ask much more than that from a CD.

Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International

a revelation - fresh, dynamic and vibrant...urgent and wondrous music-making of the highest order

Damian Fowler, Gramophone (UK)

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. ... The singing is both precise and fluid, immaculate and alive...

Alex Ross, The New Yorker

A listener then would have been lucky to hear these works brought off with such panache. The program is by turns pensive and lively, and the scholarship required to evoke stylistic accuracy is put totally at the service of performance.

David Allen, The New York Times

The earthy sensuousness of Blue Heron's singing coupled with the curatorial care behind its programming have clearly earned the trust of audiences

Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe

This highly important [Peterhouse recording] project, one of the most important early choral projects of our time, has unearthed a series of masterly composers hitherto virtually unknown...Such is the authority of Scott Metcalfe and his singers with this repertoire that they negotiate even the most daringly challenging and unexpected passages with utter confidence, and, as previously, with a delicious blend of expressiveness and seemingly inexorable forward momentum.

D. James Ross, Early Music Review (UK)