Editors' Notes England’s choral golden age rose out of the religious upheavals of the 15th and 16th centuries. Composers such as William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, and Orlando Gibbons weaved polyphonic musical textures of indescribable beauty. The balanced, blended voices of The Gesualdo Six explore the breadth and depth of this magnificent Tudor heritage in a series of gems that includes Dunstaple’s Veni Sancte Spiritus / Veni creator Spiritus, still clinging to its medieval roots, Morley’s madrigalian Haec dies, and Elizabethan composer Tomkins’ When David Heard—a breathtakingly simple portrait of anguish and despair.

SONG
Suscipe quaeso Domine
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Vigilate
2
 
Loquebantur variis linguis
3
 
When David Heard
4
 
If Ye Love Me
5
 
Libera nos, salva nos (I)
6
 
Miserere mei, Deus
7
 
Christe, qui lux es et dies (I)
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Veni Sancte Spiritus / Veni creator Spiritus
9
 
Haec dies
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Quemadmodum
11
 
Ave Maria, mater Dei
12
 
O Lord, in Thy Wrath Rebuke Me Not
13
 
Deliver Me from Mine Enemies
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Ne irascaris, Domine
Ne irascaris, Domine: I. Ne irascaris, Domine
15
 
Ne irascaris, Domine: II. Civitas sancti tui
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Libera nos, salva nos (II)
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