White: Sacred Music

The early music ensemble Gallicantus was born within the ranks of the world-class choir Tenebrae, when five of the choir’s regulars, each with a wealth of experience in the world of consort singing, decided to form a separate group dedicated to renaissance music. Literally meaning Rooster Song or cock crow, Gallicantus is a word from monastic antiquity for the office held just before the dawn. It evokes the renewal of life offered by the coming day.

The group is bound by a shared love of communicating text, and is committed to creating 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.

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'The sensible admirer of White’s music will acquire all three recordings … sung entirely by male voices and never once is there a loss of clarity, a hint of muddiness' (Gramophone)
'What better respite from the secular pressures of Christmas shopping than these sublime sacred sounds from the late sixteenth century. White's Lamentations are not as famous as Tallis's, but their pl ...
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