Van Wilder: Sacred Music Chansons
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Philip van Wilder: Complete Sacred Music Chansons

Catalogue Number: TOCC0198
EAN: 5060113441980
Release Date: 30 September 2013
Duration: 76:49

with works by Byrd, Causton, Gombert, Josquin, Tallis

Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director

Philip van Wilder (c.1500–54) was a Dutch lutenist and composer who became Henry VIII’s favourite musician, and yet he has passed almost unnoticed from musical history. This recording presents his complete surviving sacred music and some of his chansons and sets him in historical context: downstream from Josquin and Gombert, collaborating with Tallis and a formative influence on Byrd.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 76:49
1 Ite missa est/Deo gratias (Thanks be to God) (early 16th c.)

Philip van Wilder, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director

(first recording)
1:03 play
2 Homo quidam (A certain man) (c. late 15th c.)

Josquin des Prez, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director
2:48 play
3 Homo quidam (A certain man) (early 16th c.)

Philip van Wilder, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director

(first recording)
3:30 play
4 Pater noster (Our Father) (early 16th c.)

Philip van Wilder, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director

(first recording)
3:29 play
5 Sancte Deus (Holy God) (early 16th c.)

Thomas Tallis, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director
4:19 play
6 Sancte Deus (Holy God) (early 16th c.)

Philip van Wilder, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director

(first recording)
6:14 play
7 Amy, souffrez (Friend, allow) (early 16th c.)

Nicolas Gombert, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director
2:32 play
8 Amy, souffrez (Friend, allow) (early 16th c.)

Philip van Wilder, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director

(first recording)
2:57 play
9 O doux regard (O sweet glance) (early 16th c.)

Philip van Wilder, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director

(first recording)
2:48 play
10 Je file quand Dieu me donne de quoy (I spin when God gives me the wherewithal) (early 16th c.)

Philip van Wilder, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director

(first recording)
1:18 play
11 Pour vous aymer j’ay mis toute ma cure (I have given all my care to loving you) (early 16th c.)

Philip van Wilder, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director

(first recording)
2:06 play
12 Amour me poingt, et si je me veulx plaindre (Love stings me) (early 16th c.)

Philip van Wilder, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director

(first recording)
2:42 play
13 Turn thou us, O good Lord (mid 16th c.)

Thomas Causton, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director

(first recording)
3:10 play
14 Shall I despair thus suddenly? (early 16th c.)
[reconstructed by Ian Payne]

Philip van Wilder, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director

(first recording)
2:01 play
15 O sacrum convivium (O sacred banquet) (mid 16th c.)

Thomas Tallis, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director
2:48 play
16 Blessed are those that be undefiled (mid 16th c.)

Thomas Tallis, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director
3:24 play
17 Blessed art thou that fearest God (early 16th c.)

Philip van Wilder, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director
2:22 play
18 If in thine heart (late 16th c.)

William Byrd, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director

(first recording)
2:35 play
19 Vidi civitatem sanctam (I saw the holy city) (early 16th c.)

Philip van Wilder, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director

(first recording)
6:21 play
20 Non est qui consoletur/Non nobis, Domine (There is none to console/Not unto us, O Lord) (early 16th c.)

Philip van Wilder, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director

(first recording)
1:35 play
21 Aspice Domine (Behold, Lord) (early 16th c.)

Philip van Wilder, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director

(first recording)
6:00 play
22 Aspice Domine (Behold, Lord) (late 16th c.)

William Byrd, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director
4:19 play
23 Ne irascaris, Domine/Civitas sancti tui (Be not angry any more, Lord/Thy holy city) (late 16th c.)

William Byrd, composer
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir
David Allinson, director
6:28 play

Artists

Hans Holbein, ‘Man with a Lute’ – once considered to be van Wilder

Philip van Wilder, composer
[credit: © Bildagentur für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte, Berlin]

Engraving of William Byrd by Vandergucht (Michael van der Gucht?)

William Byrd, composer

Thomas Causton, composer

Nicolas Gombert, composer

1611 woodcut of Josquin des Prez, copied from a lost painting done during his lifetime

Josquin des Prez, composer

Engraving of Thomas Tallis by Niccolò Haym after a portrait by Gerard van der Gucht

Thomas Tallis, composer

Cantores Chamber Choir

Cantores Chamber Choir, choir

David Allinson

David Allinson, director

Reviews

...The implication is that Van Wilder was a very significant figure at the time, so it’s all the more curious that he has and remains, until now, entirely unknown...It seems that he was practically Henry VIII’s favourite composer and was lutenist at Court.

...All power to the elbow of Toccata Classics. It deserves some sort of prize in its investigation of off the shelf and forgotten repertoire.

This generously filled CD is beautifully recorded.

Gary Higginson MusicWeb International January 2014

This recording is worth acquiring for the liner notes alone, never mind the sumptuous singing. David Allinson applies the same scholarly attention to detail to his writing as he does to the direction of his excellent choir, introducing us to the fascinating world of Philip van Wilder. ...It's a revelation.

Stephen Pritchard The Guardian 13th October 2013

Discovery of the Month

Toccata Classics continue to do us proud at both ends of the musical time scale... This recording sets him [Wilder] in historical context: downstream from Josquin and Gombert, collaborating with Tallis and a formative influence on Byrd. I’m delighted to be introduced to his music and the decision to place it in context was particularly apt...

Brian Wilson MusicWeb International October 2013

Comments

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Superb music in fine performances. Wilder's music deserves wide attention, being not only influential but excellent of itself. Since his surviving sacred music would not fill a disc, his chansons and the music by other composers which complete the disc could not have been better chosen further to illustrate his ability and influence. Byrd's "If in thine heart" is a recorded premiere - an unusual event in Byrd discography these days - and if one piece can represent all that is good about this disc, it is Wilder's motet "Vidi civitatem" which is a sensational discovery. I own a vast collection of recordings, and this disc has been the best addition to it this year. Congratulations to Toccata Classics for releasing it.

Richard Turbet 5 October 2013