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Spem in Alium

Thomas Tallis , Jeremy Summerly , Oxford Camerata Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Spem in aliumOxford Camerata12:19Album Only
listen  2. Mass, "Salve intemerata": Salve intemerataOxford Camerata23:09Album Only
listen  3. Mass, "Salve intemerata": GloriaOxford Camerata 6:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mass, "Salve intemerata": CredoOxford Camerata 7:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mass, "Salve intemerata": SanctusOxford Camerata 7:47$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mass, "Salve intemerata": Agnus DeiOxford Camerata 5:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. With all our hearts: With all our heartOxford Camerata 3:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Discomfort them, O LordOxford Camerata 6:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I call and cry to thee: I call and cry to thee, O LordOxford Camerata 4:08$0.89  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Oxford Camerata
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Composer: Thomas Tallis
  • Audio CD (June 21, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0009JMEL0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,392 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
From beginning to end, Summerly and the Oxford Camerata are entirely convincing. They make a strong case for the music of Thomas Tallis. And although some of it contains theologically inaccurate doctrine, the music is still delightful. Spem in alium is rapturous in a overwhelmingly beautiful way; the performance, if a bit stately, is still totally consuming.

If you have the right equipment, it would benefit you to purchase the SACD surround-sound disc, available for only a few extra dollars. Spem in alium was recorded in a special way. Two choirs were positioned at each point of a cross shape, surrounding the listener with glorious sound indeed. Two speakers provide the normal rapture of this piece very well, but with SACD...

At bargain price, this is nigh unbeatable, but I also recommend the two-CD collection of the Tallis Scholars' contribution to this neglected repertoire on Gimell (The Tallis Scholars Sing Thomas Tallis). Only Spem in alium occurs in both. All the pieces in the present collection are quite lovely. The last three are even in English! They all sound so beautiful. If these do not inspire reflection on God's Word, I don't know what music will.

Naxos scores again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atheist perspective October 5, 2012
By Hitch22
Format:Audio CD
I'm a devout atheist but have to say this is an absolutely stunning piece of music that evokes floods of tears every time I listen to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They don't write music like this anymore December 19, 2013
By lanague
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's profoundly calming, musical, spiritual - I'm a sucker for this era's music. With all their privations, they knew the value of beauty, more strongly than we do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional performance. January 16, 2014
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This is a superior reading of a great piece, Spem, as we
as the other lovely works. Really worth hearing
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