Queen Mary's Big Belly: Hope for an Heir in Catholic England ()

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The small vocal group Gallicantus has a knack for recordings of very specialized repertory that nevertheless appeal to general audiences with attractive performances and intelligent programming. Queen Mary's Big Belly does not quite deliver on its amusing title referring to the phantom pregnancy suffered by the Catholic queen in 1555, although some of the pieces would have been heard at the time as relevant to the situation. What you get instead is music, mostly sacred, that the queen would have heard or been served with in ...

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  1. Pater noster, for chorus
  2. Exurge Christe, motet for 4 voices
  3. Peccavimus cum patribus nostris, motet for 7 voices
  4. Te spectant Reginalde Poli, motet for 5 voices, M. i (S. iii/127)
  5. Like as the doleful dove, partsong for 4 voices
  6. New Ballad of the Marigold, song
  7. A Fansye
  8. Litany (O God, the Father of Heaven), for 5 voices
  9. O sacrum convivium (also set as "I call and cry to thee" and "O sacred and holy banquet"), motet for 5 voices, P. 210
  10. Quod chorus vatum (Haec Deum coeli), motet for 5 voices, P. 261
  11. Christe Virgo Dilectissima for 6 voices
  12. Deus misereatur, motet for 5 voices
  13. When shall my sorrowful sighing slake, partsong for 4 voices
  14. Vain, all our life (I), for 4 voices
  15. Martyr Dei qui unicum, motet for 6 voices (incomplete)
  16. Loquebantur variis linguis, motet for 7 voices, P. 272
  17. Libera nos, 2 antiphons for chorus
  18. Vain, all our life (II), for 4 voices
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Queen Mary's Big Belly: Hope for an Heir in Catholic England
2017, Signum Classics

UPC: 635212046425

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