Album: Gabriel Crouch, Dialogues of Sorrow / Gallicantus (Signum)

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Crouch's programme of madrigals, lute songs and motets explores the public outpouring of grief and bitterness at the death of Prince Henry in 1612.

Along with Tomkins and Weelkes's familiar settings of "When David Heard that Absolom was Slain", we hear Robert Ramsey's treatment of the same text, Thomas Vautor's anguished duet, "Melpomene, Bewail", excerpts from Coprario's Songs of Mourning and John Ward's startling "Weep Forth your Tears". The voices of Gallicantus milk every plangent suspension.