In 1612, Prince Henry Frederick, son of James I and heir to the thrones of England and Scotland, died from a suspected bout of typhoid fever. His untimely death inspired a massive outpouring of artistic tributes in both verse and music, reflecting the mood of a nation mourning the loss of this popular future king at just 18 years of age.
‘Dialogues of Sorrow’ is the second disc from early music consort group Gallicantus, here joined by lutenist Elizabeth Kenny to perform familiar masterpieces and undiscovered treasures of the late English Renaissance, composed at the time of the young prince’s death. The release follows the group’s critically acclaimed debut recording, ‘Hymns, Psalms and Lamentations’ – music by Robert White.
Editor’s Choice: This is a perfect selection … lovingly and movingly performed – Early Music Today
This is a well-sung, intelligently produced and exhaustively researched project, which deserves great success – International Record Review
One of the the year’s best choral releases – TheArtsDesk.com