Contrapunctus

Owen Rees

Contrapunctus is an early-music vocal ensemble directed by Owen Rees and dedicated to passionate interpretations informed by authoritative insight and understanding.

Virgin & Child: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks II released

Contrapunctus releases a second album of motets from the Baldwin Tudor partbooks, following the success of the first volume, 'In the Midst of Life', which was shortlisted for a Gramophone award in 2015. The latest album includes Tallis's exquisite 'Gloria tibi trinitas' and other Tudor gems by Sheppard, Taverner, Fayrfax, and White, with Contrapunctus's own reconstructions of the missing tenor parts. Click here to purchase a copy from Amazon or iTunes.

Tour to Belgium & Holland, September 2016

In September 2016 Contrapunctus will be touring to Belgium and Holland to perform the programme 'Love's Greatest Sacrifice' in two music festivals - Musica Divina Festival (Mechelen) and Musica Sacra Festival (Maastricht). See the 'concerts' page for details. The programme takes as its theme God's sacrifice of love in giving his son to save mankind, and features works by Byrd, Davy, Browne and Dering.

 

'In the Midst of Life' is Gramophone Editor's Choice, May 2015

Our latest album 'In the Midst of Life' has been named Editor's Choice in the May 2015 issue of Gramophone. Alexandra Coghlan writes: 'Contrapunctus are special. Their first disc, ‘Libera nos: The Cry of the Oppressed’ (Signum, 11/13), was seriously, startlingly good: the intimacy of The Cardinall’s Musick, the rich, glowing tone of The Sixteen and the textual drama of Stile Antico. Their second disc proves that this was no one-off.' Click to read the full review on the Gramophone website.

In the Midst of Life - Sunday Times Album of the Week

Contrapunctus' new album, 'In the Midst of Life: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks I' has been chosen as Sunday Times Album of the Week. Hugh Canning, Chief Classical Music Critic of The Sunday Times, describes the disc as a 'superlative album', stating: 'Rees's choir brings an intensity of sound and dramatic dynamics, in music that contemplates the pain of death in ecstatic elation and sublime devotion.'

New CD Released – In the Midst of Life: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks

Following its nomination for a Gramophone Early Music Award in 2014, Contrapunctus releases an album of motets from the Baldwin Tudor partbooks, on the theme of mortality. The album includes Sheppard's epic 'Media vita' and other Tudor gems by Byrd, Parsons, Mundy, Taverner, Gerarde and Tallis, with Contrapunctus's own reconstructions of the missing tenor parts. Click here to purchase a copy from Amazon or iTunes.

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