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Fri, 28 Jan 2005

Peerson, Latin Motets

Ex Cathedra Consort
Jeffrey Skidmore
LP, Hyperion

Martin Pearson lived between 1572 and 1651. Educated at Oxford, later a Sacrist at Westminster, and then Almoner and Master of the Choristers at St. Paul's Cathedral, this is the first time these pieces have been heard since the seventeenth century.

Unlike Byrd in the 1580's, there is no suggestion here that the pieces reflect an underground Catholicism. In fact they would have been appropriate, and legal, for performance at places like Westminster Abbey.

This is a very nice rendition of the pieces which were recorded in London at St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, at the end of January 2004. (Count K)

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