English composer Michael East (1580-1648) wrote a set of eight 5-part fantasias for viols, acclaimed by musicologist Thurston Dart as being 'among the best five-part consorts of the time'. They are unusual in that each has a Latin title, beginning with Desperavi, moving through Peccavi, Vidi, Penitet, Credidi, Vixi and Triumphavi, and ending with Amavi. They are even more unusual because no one has ever made a complete recording of them! This project aims to put that right, and to complement the fantasias with pieces for voices and viols from East's 1618 and 1610 publications.
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