The renowned viol consort Fretwork’s very first release in 1987 was In Nomine and now, an incredible 33 years later, we have a follow-up. Their line-up might have changed several times over the years, but, like the earlier album, this is absolutely a release of the highest order. In Nomines are a peculiarly specific form. The idea is that they all use the alto part of John Taverner’s Gloria Tibi Trinitas as a cantus firmus . Like the best set of variations, though, from restrictions come inspiration. This disc showcases the wildly varying styles that composers applied to this form, from odd time signatures (John Bull’s work in 11/4) to fun compositional effects (Christopher Tye’s echoing Reporte ).

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