BLUE HERON's 15th SEASON (2013-14)

October 19
Music for Canterbury Cathedral
Featuring Robert Jones's Missa Spes nostra
For its annual exploration of music from the Peterhouse partbooks, copied in 1541 for Canterbury Cathedral, Blue Heron returns to one of its favorite masses, which will be recorded subsequently for world premiere release on CD.

December 20 & 21
(Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2:30 & 8 PM)
Christmas in Medieval England
A festive program of music for Advent and Christmas from 15th-century England, including motets by Leonel Power and John Dunstaple, English carols, and Sarum plainchant.

February 15
Un Petrarchino cantato
A musical valentine: 16th-century madrigals setting the poetry of Petrarch, by Arcadelt, Willaert, Rore, Wert, Marenzio & others.

April 26
Spanish masters
Music of 16th-century Spain, featuring Alonso Lobo's Missa Simile est regnum caelorum, based on a motet by Francisco Guerrero.

Blue Heron
Scott Metcalfe, director

Jennifer Ashe, Michael Barrett, Cameron Beauchamp, Pamela Dellal, Jolle Greenleaf, Paul Guttry, Steven Hrycelak, David McFerrin, Owen McIntosh, Jason McStoots, Martin Near, Gerrod Pagenkopf, Aaron Sheehan, Mark Sprinkle, Julia Steinbok, Sonja Tengblad, Daniela Tošić, Shari Wilson

Becky Baxter, Spanish double harp
Marilyn Boenau, dulcian
Hank Heijink, lute
Scott Metcalfe, medieval fiddle & harp

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Nicholas Ludford CD: Missa Regnum mundi

Nicholas Ludford: Missa Regnum mundi

Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, Volume 2

Nicholas Ludford (c1490-1557): Missa Regnum mundi
Sarum plainchant · Proper for the Feast of Saint Margaret
Richard Pygott (c1485-1549): Salve regina

Restored by Nick Sandon

The second installment in Blue Heron's 5-CD series of Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks features Nicholas Ludford's radiant Missa Regnum mundi, sung in a musical context like that of its probable original occasion, a festal mass for St Margaret, with plainchant items from the Proper according to the Use of Salisbury. The disc concludes with Richard Pygott's extraordinary Salve regina, one of the longest votive antiphons extant and a marvel of rhetorical expression. This is the world premiere recording of all the music on the disc.

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Blue Heron announces a 5-recording series of international significance: Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, the premiere recordings of a vital but neglected repertoire from the golden age of English cathedral music.

Blue Heron in The New Yorker!
The New Yorker (January 10, 2011) included an article by Alex Ross on recent trends in the performance of Renaissance polyphony, featuring Blue Heron's CD of music by Hugh Aston.

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