The latest recording by The Parsons Affayre is “Membra Jesu nostri”. We are joined by a wonderful ensemble of period instruments including The Emerald’s Viol Consort, to perform this stunning Cantata cycle of seven pieces, each representing the seven wounds Christ received whist on the Cross. Composed by Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707), JS Bach’s much admired mentor. Recorded live during our annual Lenten Project in 2013. Pre order now to receive delivery before the official release date.

Via Dolorosa CD cover 1. Membra Jesu Nostri – Cantata I: Ad Pedes (To the feet). – Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
2. Membra Jesu Nostri – Cantata II: Ad Genua (To the knees). – Dietrich Buxtehude
3. Membra Jesu Nostri – Cantata III: Ad Manus (To the hands). – Dietrich Buxtehude
4. Membra Jesu Nostri – Cantata VI: Ad Latus (To the side). - Dietrich Buxtehude
5. Membra Jesu Nostri – Cantata V: Ad Pectus (To the breast). – Dietrich Buxtehude
6. Membra Jesu Nostri – Cantata VI: Ad Cor (To the heart). – Dietrich Buxtehude
7. Membra Jesu Nostri – Cantata VII: Ad Faciem (To the face). – Dietrich Buxtehude

The fifth recording by The Parsons Affayre is “Via Dolorosa – Music from the Italian Baroque to uplift and inspire.” We are joined by a wonderful ensemble of period instruments to perform heartbreakingly beautiful works composed by D. Scarlatti, Lotti, and Caldara for the time of Lent. Recorded during our annual Lenten Project in 2011 and recorded live in 2012.

Via Dolorosa CD cover 1. Crucifixus a 8 - Antonio Lotti (1667-1740)

Stabat Mater for 10 voices and Basso continuo - Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
2. Stabat Mater dolorosa
3. Cujus animam gementem
4. Quis non posset
5. Eja mater, fons amoris
6. Sancta Mater, istud agas
7. Fac me vere tecum flere
8. Juxta crucem
9. Inflammatus et accensus
10. Fac ut animae donetur paradisi Gloria – Amen
11. Credo in D minor – Choir and soloists & 2 violino, 2 violas, violoncello & Continuo. – Antonio Lotti
12. Miserere mei, Deus No.2 in G minor– Choir & continuo.- Antonio Lotti

Stabat Mater – SATB Soli & Chorus, 2 Violino, Viola, 2 Sackbutts & Continuo – Antonio Caldara (1670 – 1736)
13. Stabat Mater dolorosa
14. Quis est homo, qui non fleret
15. Sancta mater, istud agas
16. Fac me tecum pie flere
17. Virgo virginum praeclara
18. Fac, ut portem Christi mortem
19. Flammis ne urar succensus
20. Christe, cum sit hinc exire
21. Fac ut animae donetur

The fourth recording by the Parsons Affayre is “Songs of Earth and Heaven – French choral music through the ages.” Recorded live in October 2012 at our first “French Project” under the direction of guest conductor Dan Walker. These concerts of beautiful French choral music included works by Dufay, Charpentier, Faure, Ravel, Poulenc & Caplet.

O Gladsome Light CD cover 1. Ave, maris stella Guillaume Dufay (c. 1397–1474)
2. Le Chant des Oyseaux Clément Janequin (c. 1485–1558)
3. Motet pour les trépassés ‘Miseremini mei’ Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643–1704)
4. Tunc respexit Jesus Petrum Marc-Antoine Charpentier
(from the ‘historiae’ La Reniement de St Pierre)
5. Psalmus 2us 6us supra centesimum [Psalm 126] a 4 voix ‘Nisi Dominus’ Marc-Antoine Charpentier
6. Cantique de Jean Racine Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
7. Quatre petites prières de Saint François d’Assise Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)
iv) O mes très chers frères
8 - 10 Messe à trois voix André Caplet (1878–1925)
Agnus Dei
O Salutaris
11 - 13 Trois Chansons Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
i) Nicolette
ii) Trois beaux oiseaux du Paradis
iii) Ronde

The third recording by The Parsons Affayre “O Gladsome Light – Russian sacred music through the ages.” Perfectly showcases the beautiful voices of this choir as they transport the listener on a journey from Medieval Chant to Rachmaninov. Recorded live in June 2010 and July 2011 at their annual “Russian” concerts.

O Gladsome Light CD cover 1. O Gladsome Light - Strochnoje Chant
2. Hymn to the Mother of God - Anon. from Suprasl Monastery (c.1630’s)
3. Bless the Lord, o my soul - Vasilii Titov (c.1751 - 1825)
4. By the waters of Babylon - Artemy Vedel (c.1767 - 1808)
5. It is good to give thanks - Dmitry Bortniansky (c.1751-1825)
6. Do not reject me in my old age - Maksim Berezovsky (c.1745-1777)
7. Bogotoditse Devo - Sergei Rachmaninov (c.1873 – 1943)
8. Exapostilarion of Pascha, three-lined "Strochnoye" polyphony. - Author unknown, Mid 17th-Century
9. Open to us the doors of mercy. Troparion to the Theotokos - Pavel Grigorievich Chesnokov (1877-1944) Op. 43, No. 3
10. Thee, the unassailable wall. Troparion to the Theotokos (from the Midnight Office). - Pavel Grigorievich Chesnokov Op. 45, No. 3
11. O fervent intercessor. Troparion of the Kazan Icon of the Theotokos. - Pavel Grigorievich Chesnokov Op. 43, No. 6
12. To the Theotokos, let us run. Troparion to the Theotokos - Pavel Grigorievich Chesnokov Op. 43, No. 7
13. Many Years - Vasily Titov (c. 1650-c. 1715).

The Parsons Affayre's second CD is Stabat Mater - a journey through the English Renaissance. It includes the world premiere recording of William Byrd's beautiful Domine exaudi orationem meam et clamor, and the newest recordings of William Cornysh's Stabat Mater and William Horwood's Gaude flore virginali. It was released in late 2010.

Stabat Mater - A journey through the English Renaissance 1. Domine exaudi orationem meam et clamor - William Byrd (c.1540-1623)
2. Miserere mihi, Domine - Byrd
3. Ave verum Corpus - Byrd
4. Infelix ego - Byrd
5. Lamentations of Jeremiah I - Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)
6. Sancte Deus - Tallis
7. Libera nos, salva nos I & II - John Sheppard (c.1515-1558)
8. Stabat mater - William Cornysh (d.1523)
9. Gaude flore virginali - William Horwood (c.1430-1484)
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The premiere recording by The Parsons Affayre is Magnificat: The Latin works by Robert Parsons. It was the first recorded CD of the complete Latin works of Robert Parsons. It was released late 2009.

Magnificat - The Latin works of Robert Parsons 1. Iam Christus astra ascenderat
2. Retribue servo tuo
3. Ave Maria
4. Credo quod redemtor meus vivit
5. Libera me, Domine
6. Peccantem me quotidie
7. O bone Jesu
8. Domine quis habitabit
9. Magnificat
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