Alfred Deller: The Complete Vanguard Recordings Volume 4 — Music of Handel, Bach, and the English Renaissance

Landmark recordings that helped launch the period interpretation revival

Musical Concepts is pleased to announce the fourth volume in one of the most ambitious early music reissue projects of all time — Alfred Deller: The Complete Vanguard Recordings. The series brings together every recording made by Alfred Deller – as solo countertenor, ensemble member of the Deller Consort, and conductor – for the legendary, enterprising Vanguard record label. These recordings created a sensation with their initial release, and have influenced and inspired three generations of music lovers, from casual listeners to the top tiers of performing artists and scholars.

Many of the recordings included in this collection are definitive interpretations of vocal music of the English Renaissance, and most of these recordings are historic. Alfred Deller and Vanguard Records were at the forefront of historically informed performances of early music, and the results of that collaboration bore full fruit when focused on the music of the composers included here. This extensive collection includes the first recording of a Bach cantata using original instruments, numerous premiere recordings of the works of Byrd, Tallis and the composers of the English Renaissance, and the first complete recording of Handel’s Alexander’s Feast.

This set also includes five Tallis hymns never before released on CD, performed by the Deller Consort.

  • The Connoisseur’s Handel
  • Handel: Coronation Anthems
  • Handel: Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne
  • Handel: Alexander’s Feast
  • Bach: Cantatas 54 & 170
  • Elizabethan and Jacobean Music
  • Thomas Tallis: The Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet, Part I
  • William Byrd and His Age
  • Deller’s Choice (selections)
  • Duets for Countertenors (selections)