Singers of Exsultemus: The Astonishing Eton Choirbook
April 12, 2012
Six sublime singers from the early music choir Exsultemus perform treasures from the Eton Choirbook. This devotional music from c. 1500 is virtually unknown today--it is what Henry VIII would have heard as a boy: English Gothic style in full flower. Shannon Canavin's pure soprano floats high above her five male companions for rapturous effects. Earthier, secular music from other manuscripts enriches the program. A convivial reception follows.
The singers are Shannon Canavin, soprano; Martin Near, countertenor; Jason McStoots,tenor; Owen McIntosh, tenor; Sumner Thompson, baritone; & Paul Guttry, bass.
Based in the Boston area, Exsultemus is "unquestionably in the top-tier of Renaissance vocal ensembles in the Northeast" (Boston Musical Intelligencer).