Artist Hyperion Records
Potter, John (tenor)
© Penelope Walbourn

John Potter (tenor)

John Potter’s musical collaborators include the composer Ambrose Field, video artist Michael Lynch and the lutenist Ariel Abramovich, as well as The Dowland Project, Red Byrd and the Gavin Bryars Ensemble. He is a member of the German ensemble The Sound & The Fury. A writer and scholar as well as a singer, he has published four books on singing and is a former British Library Edison Fellow. He is Reader Emeritus in Music at the University of York.

John’s eclectic performing experience has ranged from first performances of works by Berio, Stockhausen, James Dillon and Michael Finnissy to backing vocals for Manfred Mann, Mike Oldfield and The Who (among others). Red Byrd, the group he founded with bass Richard Wistreich, has recorded music as diverse as Monteverdi (both ‘straight’ and with electric guitars), Léonin (two recordings for Hyperion) and the Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. He was a major contributor to The Hilliard Ensemble’s ‘Officium’ project (for which he has five gold discs), and subsequently developed many of the ideas in The Dowland Project’s four albums for ECM; he also produced the first three ECM albums by the Scandinavian Trio Mediaeval. Current projects include multimedia presentations of music by Ambrose Field (Being Dufay and its successor, both with films by Michael Lynch) and the Conductus project (three albums for Hyperion, with associated live performances and films by Michael Lynch). His lute song repertoire ranges from Thomas Ford to Benedetto Ferrari, and includes programmes of Dowland and Campion. He also works with vihuela on the 15th- and 16th-century ‘intabulation’ repertory, and with chitarrone on later music by Blow, Purcell and others.

Albums

Blow: Awake my lyre
CDA66658Archive Service
Conductus, Vol. 1
Studio Master: CDA67949Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Conductus, Vol. 2
Studio Master: CDA67998Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Léonin 'Magister Leoninus': Magister Leoninus, Vol. 2 – Sacred Music from 12th-century Paris
CDH55338Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Machaut: Messe de Notre Dame
CDA66358
Monteverdi: Il ballo delle ingrate & other works
CDH55165Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Moody: Passion & Resurrection
CDA66999Archive Service
Purcell: Hark how the wild musicians sing
CDA66750
Sacred & Secular Music
CDH55148Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Stravinsky: Les Noces & other choral works
CDH55467Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Complete works available for download

ANONYMOUS - MEDIEVAL
Artium dignitaswith Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)
Ave Maria Salus hominumwith Christopher O'Gorman (tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)
Ave, tuos benedic (three-part)with Christopher O'Gorman (tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)
Ave, tuos benedic (two-part)with Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)
Ave, virga decoris inclitiwith Christopher O'Gorman (tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)
Beate virginiswith Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)
Bulla fulminante (measured)
Bulla fulminante (unmeasured)
Celorum portawith Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)
Dic, Christi veritas (three-part)with Christopher O'Gorman (tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)
Excutere de pulvere
Gaude, virgo virginumwith Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)
Genitus divinituswith Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)
Heu quo progrediturwith Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)
Ista dies celebrariwith Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)
Librum clausum et signatumwith Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)
Naturas Deus reguliswith Christopher O'Gorman (tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)
Porta salutiswith Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)
Qui servare puberem (three-part)with Christopher O'Gorman (tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)
Qui servare puberem (two-part, measured)with Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)
Qui servare puberem (two-part, unmeasured)with Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)
Quo vadis, quo progrederis?
Quod promisit ab eternowith Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)
Relegentur ab areawith Christopher O'Gorman (tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)
Stella serenawith Christopher O'Gorman (tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)
Stephani sollempniawith Christopher O'Gorman (tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)
Ut non ponamwith Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)
ANONYMOUS - TRADITIONAL
Dezí, flor rresplandeçientewith The Hilliard Ensemble
Nuevas, nuevas – ¡Por tu fe!with The Hilliard Ensemble
JOHN BLOW (1649-1708)
Awake, awake, my Lyre! 'A Supplication'with Red Byrd, The Parley of Instruments, Suzie Le Blanc (soprano), Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)
Chloe found Amyntas lying all in tears 'Rondelay'with Red Byrd, The Parley of Instruments, Charles Daniels (tenor), Richard Wistreich (bass)
Gloria Patri, qui creavit noswith Red Byrd, The Parley of Instruments, Suzie Le Blanc (soprano), Geraldine McGreevy (soprano), Charles Daniels (tenor), Richard Wistreich (bass)
Help, Father Abraham! 'A Dialogue betwixt Dives and Abraham'with Red Byrd, The Parley of Instruments, Richard Wistreich (bass)
Salvator mundi, salva noswith Red Byrd, The Parley of Instruments, Suzie Le Blanc (soprano), Geraldine McGreevy (soprano), Charles Daniels (tenor), Richard Wistreich (bass)
Sing, ye muses 'Epilogue'with Red Byrd, The Parley of Instruments, Suzie Le Blanc (soprano), Geraldine McGreevy (soprano), Charles Daniels (tenor), Richard Wistreich (bass)
Stay, gentle Echo, dear nymph, stay 'A Dialogue between Philander and the Echo'with Red Byrd, The Parley of Instruments, Charles Daniels (tenor)
WILLIAM BYRD (1539/40-1623)
Ne irascaris, Dominewith The Hilliard Ensemble
GUILLAUME DUFAY (1397-1474)
Gloria ad modem tubaewith The Hilliard Ensemble
Vergene bellawith The Hilliard Ensemble
ROBERT FAYRFAX (1464-1521)
Most clear of colourwith The Hilliard Ensemble
MATTEO FLECHA (1481-1553)
El jubilatewith The Hilliard Ensemble
GODEFROY DE ST VICTOIRE (fl1170-1190)
Planctus ante nesciawith The Hilliard Ensemble
CLAUDE GOUDIMEL (c1514-1572)
Bon jour mon cœurwith The Hilliard Ensemble
HEINRICH ISAAC (c1450-1517)
Tota pulchra eswith The Hilliard Ensemble
CLÉMENT JANEQUIN (c1485-1558)
Le chant des oiseaulxwith The Hilliard Ensemble
LÉONIN 'MAGISTER LEONINUS' (fl1150s-c1201)
Advenit igniswith Red Byrd, YORVOX
Benedicamus Dominowith Red Byrd, YORVOX
Christus resurgenswith Red Byrd, YORVOX
Descendit de celiswith Red Byrd, YORVOX
Dum conplerenturwith Red Byrd, YORVOX
Et valde manewith Red Byrd, YORVOX
Iudea et Iherusalemwith Red Byrd, YORVOX
Repleti sunt omneswith Red Byrd, YORVOX
Sedit angeluswith Red Byrd, YORVOX
GUILLAUME DE MACHAUT (c1300-1377)
Le Lai de la Fonteinnewith The Hilliard Ensemble
Ma fin est mon commencementwith The Hilliard Ensemble
Messe de Notre Damewith The Hilliard Ensemble
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI (1567-1643)
Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, SV153with Red Byrd, The Parley of Instruments
Volgendo il ciel – Movete al mio bel suon, SV154with Red Byrd, The Parley of Instruments
IVAN MOODY (b1964)
Passion and Resurrectionwith Red Byrd, Cappella Amsterdam, Daniel Reuss (conductor)
FRANCISCO DE PEÑALOSA (c1470-1528)
Sancta materwith The Hilliard Ensemble
HENRY PURCELL (1659-1695)
Hark how all the wild musicians sing, Z542with Red Byrd, The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
How pleasant is this flowery plain and grove!, Z543with Red Byrd, The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
If ever I more riches did desire, Z544with Red Byrd, The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
We reap all the pleasures, Z547with Red Byrd, The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
IGOR STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)
Les Noces 'Svadebka'with New London Chamber Choir, The Voronezh Chamber Choir, New London Chamber Ensemble, James Wood (conductor), Oleg Shepel (director)
THOMAS TALLIS (c1505-1585)
O nata lux de luminewith The Hilliard Ensemble

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Advenit ignis (Léonin)
Artium dignitas (Anon)
Ave Maria Salus hominum (Anon)
Ave, tuos benedic (three-part) (Anon)
Ave, tuos benedic (two-part) (Anon)
Ave, virga decoris incliti (Anon)
Awake, awake, my Lyre! 'A Supplication' (Blow)
Beate virginis (Anon)
Benedicamus Domino (Léonin)
Bon jour mon cœur (Goudimel)
Bulla fulminante (measured) (Anon)
Bulla fulminante (unmeasured) (Anon)
Celorum porta (Anon)
Ces trois un a po de pienne, assez prouver puis  
C'est celle qui par ordonnance  
Chloe found Amyntas lying all in tears 'Rondelay' (Blow)
Christus resurgens (Léonin)
Civitas sancti tui  
Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, SV153 (Monteverdi)
De la duis le Pere nomme  
Descendit de celis (Léonin)
Dezí, flor rresplandeçiente (Anon)
Dic, Christi veritas (three-part) (Anon)
Dum conplerentur (Léonin)
Ei l'armi cinse, e su destrier alato  
El jubilate (Flecha)
Et ou pourroit on querir  
Et pour ce di que cil troy de no foy  
Et qui de ceste eaue prendroit  
Et valde mane (Léonin)
Excutere de pulvere (Anon)
Gaude, virgo virginum (Anon)
Genitus divinitus (Anon)
Gloria ad modem tubae (Dufay)
Gloria Patri, qui creavit nos (Blow)
Hark how all the wild musicians sing, Z542 (Purcell)
He! fonteinne de concorde  
Help, Father Abraham! 'A Dialogue betwixt Dives and Abraham' (Blow)
Heu quo progreditur (Anon)
How pleasant is this flowery plain and grove!, Z543 (Purcell)
If ever I more riches did desire, Z544 (Purcell)
Incarnation  
Ista dies celebrari (Anon)
Iudea et Iherusalem (Léonin)
Je ne cesse de prier a ma dame chiere  
Le chant des oiseaulx (Janequin)
Le Lai de la Fonteinne (Machaut)
Les Noces 'Svadebka' (Stravinsky)
Librum clausum et signatum (Anon)
Ma fin est mon commencement (Machaut)
Mais ceste trinité est en eternité  
Mais de tel confort com de plourer fort  
Messe de Notre Dame (Machaut)
Most clear of colour (Fayrfax)
Movete al mio bel suon le piante snelle  
Naturas Deus regulis (Anon)
Ne irascaris, Domine (Byrd)
Nuevas, nuevas – ¡Por tu fe! (Anon)
O nata lux de lumine (Tallis)
Passion and Resurrection (Moody)
Planctus ante nescia (Godefroy de St Victoire)
Porta salutis (Anon)
Pour ce te pri  
Pour laver et nettoier  
Qui servare puberem (three-part) (Anon)
Qui servare puberem (two-part, measured) (Anon)
Qui servare puberem (two-part, unmeasured) (Anon)
Quo vadis, quo progrederis? (Anon)
Quod promisit ab eterno (Anon)
Relegentur ab area (Anon)
Repleti sunt omnes (Léonin)
Salvator mundi, salva nos (Blow)
Sancta mater (Peñalosa)
Sedit angelus (Léonin)
Sing, ye muses 'Epilogue' (Blow)
Stay, gentle Echo, dear nymph, stay 'A Dialogue between Philander and the Echo' (Blow)
Stella serena (Anon)
Stephani sollempnia (Anon)
The agony in the garden  
The crucifixion  
The deposition from the Cross  
The last supper  
The resurrection  
The sealing of the tomb  
The trial  
Tota pulchra es (Isaac)
Ut non ponam (Anon)
Vergene bella (Dufay)
Volgendo il ciel – Movete al mio bel suon, SV154 (Monteverdi)
We reap all the pleasures, Z547 (Purcell)