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listen  1. Allegri: Miserere (Allegri's Miserere)12:27Album Only
listen  2. Victoria: Ave Maria, for double choir 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Palestrina: Sicut lilium I 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Josquin: Praeter rerum seriem 7:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Crecquillon: Pater peccavi 8:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Clemens: Ego flos campi 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Isaac: Tota pulchra es 8:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rore: Descendi in hortum meum 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Lassus: Alma redemptoris mater 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Lassus: Salve regina 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Lassus: Ave regina caelorum 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Brumel: Missa Et ecce terrae motus: Gloria (Gloria from The Earthquake Mass) 9:36$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Sheppard: Media vita21:34Album Only
listen  2. Tallis: In manus tuas 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Tallis: O nata lux 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Tallis: Audivi vocem 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. White: Exaudiat te 9:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Cornysh: Ah, Robin 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Cornysh: Salve Regina13:51Album Only
listen  8. Byrd: Mass for five voices: Kyrie (Mass for 5 voices) 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Byrd: Mass for five voices: Gloria (Mass for 5 voices) 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Byrd: Mass for five voices: Credo (Mass for 5 voices) 8:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Byrd: Mass for five voices: Sanctus & Benedictus (Mass for 5 voices) 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Byrd: Mass for five voices: Agnus Dei (Mass for 5 voices) 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 9, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Gimell UK
  • ASIN: B00009NJ20
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The music takes you farther than you will ever be as a human, farther than ur wildest dream.
N. Piplica
Can any one believe the beauty of this music, the clarity of these voices, and the intonation resounding in every breath that they take.
Darken Mantius
Let me tell all lovers of Renaissance music and choral music in general that this album is one of the best in its kind.
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121 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Boileau0663 on December 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I can't even begin to understand why this wonderful album, a selection from recordings of the renowned Tallis scholars starting in 1980, has remained without reviews so far. Let me tell all lovers of Renaissance music and choral music in general that this album is one of the best in its kind. For me, it is even superior to the overblown "The Best of the Renaissance" (also by the Tallis scholars).

The enchantment begins wit the cds themselves, exquisitely decorated with a reproduction of the Vision of St Bernhard of Clairvaux by Renaissance painter Filippino Lippi. The plastic box is protected by a beautiful, glossy paper cover featuring cherubs absorbed in contemplation. Inside you will find a booklet containing the Latin texts of the chants translated in English, French and German (which is not the case with "The Best of the renaissance")together with a presentation-illustrated with photographs-of the Tallis scholars and the music of the album.

Although this is a compilation of different recordings extending over a dozen years or so, I would like to emphasize that there is not the slightest difference in sound quality between the various tracks.

One of the strong point of this album is the great variety of the sung pieces. Whereas "The Best of the Renaissance" features no less than 3 Masses (by Byrd, Desprez and Palestrina), which means hearing again and again Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus, this album offers a whole range of motets and hymns with a few major Mass pieces like the final Gloria by Brumel on the first cd, whose splendor almost puts it on a par with the gorgeous "Spem in Alium" by Thomas Tallis.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Billyjack D'Urberville on September 26, 2005
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For years, Tallis Scholars have been quietly revolutionizing our recovery of sacred music. This is their "greatest hits" collection and quite great indeed. The Miserere which begins the set is alone worth the price of the set. The only fault with it is that it is so startling, so obviously genuine, that you will still be hearing it as you play through the rest of the set. The Scholars' ongoing recovery project only proves how integral music is to the human psyche, how essential the sacred is to basic human sanity. And how the severence of the two in the public space and the popular imagination -- the sacred from music -- has severely damaged us all en masse.
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78 of 88 people found the following review helpful By N. Piplica on December 28, 2004
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i truely recommend this cd. i'm 19, grew up with metal, rock, n rap. But this is truelly the most delicate music, makes earth feel like heaven. it has changed my life, n hopefully changes yours. The music takes you farther than you will ever be as a human, farther than ur wildest dream. Listen and take the path of splendid creations.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By George Peabody VINE VOICE on January 7, 2007
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COMPILATION OF THE TALLIS SCHOLARS FROM 1980 TO 1998.
The pieces on these two discs are taken from over fifteen years of recording by the Tallis Scholars, startng with the now-famous recording of Allegri's 'Miserere' from 1980. Allegri lived well into the Baroque era, dying in 1562. Therefore, he did not write the 'Miserere' in renaissance polyphony, and his chordal structure leaned toward the Baroque.

Victoria's 8-part 'Ave Maria' and Palestrina's 'Sicut lilium' are both pieces ln a contemplative mood, the first making direct reference to the Virgin Mary, and the second indirect reference to her via the poetry of the 'Song of Songs'. The remaining selections on Disc one maintain the consistent, intense sonority of Flemish polyphony.

Disc two falls into two parts. The pieces by Sheppard, Tallis,White and Cornysh come from the first half of the sixteenth century and are part of the 'English School' of writing. Here the music is made up of long lines, more notes than syllables, with the emphasis on the part-writing and not the harmonic background.

The second part of Disc 2 is Byrd's five-part Mass, which was written in the 1590's for a recusant Catholic community. Byrd's music has drawn closer to the Flemish style; that is imitative voice parts, largely syllabic in setting with the occasional examples of word-paintings, and the voice parts closer together. But the mood has a different intensity than the writing on Disc one; darker and more questioning. Never was polyphony more passionate than in Byrd's masses,of which the five-part is the crowning achievement.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Darken Mantius on August 14, 2004
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Can any one believe the beauty of this music, the clarity of these voices, and the intonation resounding in every breath that they take. If this is not heaven on earth, and it already feels like it is, then we shall all be humbled to tears when we hear the angels choir. But i, for one, say that the Tallis Scholars are truly angels on earth, and their voices are proof of that. I am shocked that this cd has recieved 2 reviews, and am writing this to tell you, that you need to buy this cd, and listen to the clarity of voice that it bestows upon the mind.
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