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.
Cantores Chamber Choir, choir David Allinson, director
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Catalogue No: TOCC0198EAN/UPC: 5060113441980Release Date: 30.09.2013Composer: Philip van Wilder Artists: Cantores Chamber Choir, David Allinson
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Brian Wilson :
“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
Stephen Pritchard :
“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
Gary Higginson :
“…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.” MusicWeb International
Richard Turbet :
“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.”
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