Music for the King of Scots

Music for the King of Scots: Inside the Pleasure Palace of James IV
The Binchois Consort, Andrew Kirkman (conductor)
Hyperion CDA68333

This latest release from The Binchois Consort represents early ‘musicking’ at its finest: the programme is built around music from the Carver Choirbook through to be associated with the seat of the Royal Chapel in Stirling and an important source of pre-Reformation music in Scotland. There is, however, another layer: this is a historically informed performance within an historic performance space – Linlithgow Palace - itself recreated in virtual reality. Musicology and music production triangulate James IV’s visits to Linlithgow palace with veneration of Saint Katherine and the Carver Choirbook in this very clever project. There’s even an accompanying app which enables you to listen with and without the VR chapel acoustic. What feels at first to be an intense claustrophobia quickly reveals itself to be the intimate, tapestried space of a private chapel where every detail of the singing is clear and close.


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