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Denton Musical Window On CD

Regular readers will remember the fascinating article by Geoffrey Lane and Gordon Plumb on the musical score by the French-Flemish renaissance composer, Orlande de Lassus (c.1530–1594), depicted in the east window of St Helen, Denton in Wharfedale, (Yorkshire) [see Vidimus, June 2010 (no. 41)].

Sacred Music by Orlande de Lassus

Fig. 4. Sacred Music by Orlande de Lassus.

Recently Chandos Records contacted Gordon Plumb to ask if they could reproduce a detail from one of photographs of Denton for the cover of a new CD, recorded by the choir of St John’s College Cambridge under the English choral conductor Andrew Nethsingha (b. 1968). The choir is accompanied by His Majesty’s Sagbutts & Cornetts, a group of virtuoso wind players specialising in authentic styles on original instruments. The recording has now appeared (CHAN 0778) and features a performance of the Lassus motet whose score is depicted in the Denton window. Gordon says the music is superb!

Note : To see Gordon Plumb’s excellent stained glass Flickr site click here.