My Fayre Ladye - Tudor Songs and Chant
This disc dates from 1996 and was one of the first opportunities that British audiences had to appreciate the art of the American vocal ensemble, Lionheart. They constructed something of a concept album in this disc for Nimbus, one predicated on the idea of ‘Images of Women in Medieval England’.
Jonathan Woolf, Musicweb-international.com
"The singing is poised throughout the disc, with an attractive, slight huskiness to Lawrence Lipnik's countertenor, but in the Browne delicacy is foresworn in favour of a more outstanding mellifluousness. Recording is clear, if a touch dry." Stephen Pettitt, BBC Music Magazine
Interspersed throughout the disc one will find movements from the Sarum Chant, the prevailing Catholic plainsong in use in England until the time of the Reformation. It serves as the disc’s spinal cord in the exploration of the various types of image summoned up by Lionheart: The Beloved, The Unfathomable, The Maternal, The Desired and The Triumphant. Into each of these specific categories one will find music by composers such as William Cornysh, John Dunstable, Richard Pygott and John Browne, as well as the expected variety of anonymous texts and settings.