Welcome to the website of Contrapunctus, an early-music vocal ensemble dedicated to passionate interpretations informed by authoritative insight and understanding.
Directed by Owen Rees, a specialist in music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the group presents imaginative programmes revealing previously undiscovered musical treasures and throwing new light on familiar works.
We are delighted to announce that our debut disc,' Libera nos: The Cry of the Oppressed', on Signum Classics, has been shortlisted for the Gramophone Early Music Award 2014.
This recording explores the musical 'cries of the oppressed' from opposite ends of Europe, which include some of the most powerful works composed in England and Portugal during this period by Byrd, Tallis, Monte and Cardoso. The highlight perhaps is the first recording of a newly reconstructed vocal work by Thomas Tallis, 'Libera nos'. This has long been thought to be an instrumental work, and has been recorded as such, but there's persuasive historical evidence for us to be confident that this is in fact a choral setting of the antiphon 'Libera nos', and it is performed here with the relevant text restored to the five vocal parts.
Tallis Salvator mundi from our debut disc, 'Libera nos: The Cry of the Oppressed'.