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Gallicantus
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Gallicantus

Literally meaning ‘rooster song’ or ‘cock crow’, Gallicantus takes its name from monastic antiquity for the office held just before dawn: a ceremony that evokes the renewal of life offered by the coming day. Dedicated to Renaissance music and directed by Gabriel Crouch, the membership of this early music group boasts a wealth of experience in consort singing, drawn from groups such as The Tallis Scholars, Tenebrae, and The King’s Singers. Both their concerts and CD recordings are praised for their programming and shaping.

The group is bound by a shared love of communicating text, and creates performances which draw out unifying themes within apparently diverse repertoire. To this end they are as meticulous about providing context and insight for audiences as they are about crafting interpretations of the music they love.

Gallicantus released their first CD with Signum Classics in 2009, Hymns, Psalms and Lamentations, dedicated to the music of Robert White. Critics acclaimed an ‘impressive debut’ (Observer) of ‘impassioned, exciting music’ (The Times), whilst Gramophone magazine declared: ‘What an outstanding disc … The opening of the Lamentations could stand as a kind of illuminated initial at the beginning of a gorgeous manuscript, so transparent and luminous is it.’ Their second recording Dialogues of Sorrow – Passions on the Death of Prince Henry (1612) was described as possessing ‘singing of clarity, suppleness and poignancy’ (Daily Telegraph), ‘milking every plangent suspension’ (Independent on Sunday), and as ‘one of the year’s best choral releases.’ (TheArtsDesk.com). The 2012 release The Word Unspoken, featuring music by William Byrd and Philippe de Monte was equally well received, with The Sunday Times saying ‘The intensity of the music is reflected in Gallicantus’s beautifully shaped performances’.

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