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The Tallis Scholars Sing Thomas Tallis - including Spem in Alium [Import]

Thomas Tallis , Peter Phillips , The Tallis Scholars Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Tallis: Spem in alium (40-part motet) (Forty-part motet) 9:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Tallis: Sancte Deus 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Tallis: Salvator mundi, salva nos I 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Tallis: Salvator mundi, salva nos II 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Tallis: Gaude gloriosa16:45Album Only
listen  6. Tallis: Miserere nostri 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Tallis: Loquebantur variis linguis 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Tallis: If ye love me 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Tallis: Hear the voice and prayer 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Tallis: A new commandment 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Tallis: O Lord, give thy holy spirit 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Tallis: Purge me, O Lord 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Tallis: Verily, verily I say unto you 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Tallis: Remember not, O Lord God 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Tallis: Tunes for Archbishop Parker's Psalter 7:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Tallis: O Lord, in thee is all my trust 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Tallis: Christ rising again 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Tallis: Blessed are those that be undefiled 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Tallis: Lamentations of Jeremiah I 8:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Tallis: Lamentations of Jeremiah II13:13Album Only
listen  3. Tallis: Absterge Domine 6:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Tallis: O sacrum convivium 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Tallis: In manus tuas 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Tallis: Salve intemerata17:09Album Only
listen  7. Tallis: Magnificat for four voices (Magnificat for 4 voices)11:56Album Only
listen  8. Tallis: Ave, Dei patris filia16:20Album Only

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Product Details

  • Performer: The Tallis Scholars
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Composer: Thomas Tallis
  • Audio CD (September 14, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: GIMELL
  • ASIN: B00026W65E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,509 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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''I am delighted to have introduced so many of my readers to this amazing 16th century piece of music, it is absolutely wonderful and the recording from the Tallis Scholars is particularly special.'' --E.L James - (Fifty Shades of Grey)

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''To go from the medieval world of Ave, Dei patris to the stark directness of If ye love me, to the soaring phrases of Gaude gloriosa, to the compact intensity of the Lamentations and O sacrum convivium, to the incredible sonorities of Spem in alium is to travel as far as one man can ever have taken his listeners.'' - Peter Phillips

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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tallis Scholars do their namesake proud July 26, 2006
By Tryavna
Format:Audio CD
In the last couple of years, the Tallis Scholars have been compiling their sizeable recording output into attractive two-disc editions. Here, they've collected a large number of their interpretations of their namesake, Thomas Tallis. Tallis (c. 1505-1585) is, of course, one of the giants of Renaissance music, and he was certainly the greatest English composer of liturgical music between John Dunstable and William Byrd. I personally consider him the second-greatest Renaissance composer after Palestrina, but I'm not dogmatic about it. I love the music of Josquin, Victoria, and Byrd almost as much. Let's just say that, if you're interested in immersing yourself in the work of a single Renaissance composer, you can't do much better than Tallis.

These recordings were made 1985-1998, and they all sound great. Included in this collection are most of Tallis best and best-known works: the two Lamentations of Jeremiah, O Sacrum Convivium, Gaude Gloriosa, Tunes for Archbishop Parker's Psalter (which contains the theme that inspired Ralph Vaughan Williams' famous Fantasia), and the incredible 40-part motet Spem In Alium (which is one of the supreme masterpieces of the 16th century). Unfortunately, there are some notable absences, such as the Tallis Scholars' own recording of O Nata Lux. The Mass for 4 Voices, certainly one of Tallis' major works, is also nowhere to be found. Of course, there's only so much music that will fit onto two CDs, but it's still a shame that they couldn't fit at least one of Tallis' masses. Nevertheless, the music that's here is beautiful and powerful.

The Tallis Scholars themselves need no introduction. They're one of the most famous groups specializing in Renaissance music.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In unsettled times, here is peace and beauty November 16, 2011
Format:Audio CD
When things are broken, art tends to respond in kind.

It doesn't have to be that way.

There is no law that says we cannot look beyond the temporal to the eternal.

It is nowhere writ that we cannot come together, in exquisite harmony, to celebrate what we perceive as an orderly and beautiful universe.

Thomas Tallis (1505 - 1585) wrote glorious music under the watchful eye of four English monarchs, some Catholic, some not.

His hand never wavered. He composed choral music in English, Latin, French and Italian --- whatever served the preference of his royal master.

And what he wrote!

Let's just consider his 10-minute masterpiece, Spem in alium. Legend has it that he wrote it in response to a challenge from Thomas Howard, fourth Duke of Norfolk. The challenge: Could an Englishman write a better piece than Striggio's 40-part Ecce beatum lautam? Tallis was then 65, not an age when composers are thought to be at the height of their powers. But he produced a work for eight choirs of five voices each.

I repeat: eight choirs of five voices each.

After the first performance, Thomas Howard took a gold chain from around his neck and gave it to Tallis.

Here's Peter Phillips, creator and conductor of the Tallis Scholars, on this remarkable piece: "So outstanding is 'Spem in alium' that it still seems impossible that one mind without a computer could have managed it. To write for forty voices which do not repeat themselves in consecutive motion and not to lose control of the whole colossal edifice is to set a challenge which even the Art of Fugue scarcely rivals... Spem remains the ultimate technical challenge: supremely difficult to bring off, supremely rewarding when one comes near.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impeccable English Style July 13, 2007
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If you favor blend, balance, pitch, and all the other parameters of the English traditional choral style, you'll be very impressed with the Tallis Scholars' refined presentation. the music speaks for itself.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from the Tallis Scholars March 19, 2009
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I have found "You can't go wrong with The Tallis Scholars" to be a pretty reliable guide over the last 30 years. This double CD is a re-issue of the best of their 3 discs of Tallis's music from the 1980s, and bears that out fully.

This is my favourite version of the great 40-part motet Spem in alium - and that's against some pretty stiff competition, too. Similarly, Gaude gloriosa is magnificently sung, and the smaller-scale works are exquisite. I intend, quite seriously, to have this version of Miserere nostri played at my funeral - it is indescribably beautiful and moving. There are also lovely versions of many of Tallis's English Anthems, including the tune from Archbishop Parker's Psalter upon which Vaughan Williams based his famous Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, plus a beautifully sung Lamentations.

This is a gem of a double CD and is very warmly recommended as a marvellous collection of some of the finest recordings of Tallis available, and at a bargain price. You really can't go wrong.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Auditory Bliss January 23, 2009
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You've heard the phrase, "Music to my ears." This must be the music that was referenced the first time the phrase was spoken. It is really incredible. For example, the first track on Disc 1 is a 40 part motet...yes, 40! This item is a 2 disc boxed set, and will keep your ears occupied for hours. It would make a great gift for a classical/church music lover in your life. I showed the new set to a coworker, who snatched it from my hands, promising that he'd return it....someday. LOL Sure enough, he returned the next day (a Friday, of course) without them. He "forgot" them at home, and said he'd bring them back on Monday. He was quite taken aback by the breathtaking beauty of this music.

For anyone not familiar with The Tallis Scholars, they are a highly respected group of singers of Thomas Tallis and perhaps other period music. I'm no expert on them, and bought this on the recommendation of a very educated friend. Many of these pieces are sung by an all male choir, including boys for the upper parts. Other pieces seem to be sung by a mixed gender choir; however, even then there may be boys singing the upper parts. What clarity in their voices!! Another possible surprise for the uninitiated is that these works are sung completely a cappella (without accompaniment).

The music is simply awesome! It's hard for me to imagine any serious music lover not being thrilled to hear (or receive!) this music. I highly recommend the set and would give 20 stars if I could!
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5.0 out of 5 stars pure music experiece
it was more than I expected. The voices are beautifully mixed, in such way that one can realize them almost one by one, very very nice job. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Murilo Bortolozzi
5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent!
If you aren't familiar with this beautiful choral music, go on you tube listen to it and I will be very surprised if you don't want this CD in your library. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Margaret Kilbride
5.0 out of 5 stars CD
Love it, relaxing while you read or just calm your mind. Great in the car, stuck in traffic, instead of texting!
Published 8 months ago by SEVIEJET
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Jebus
Astoundingly intricate, resonant, and beautiful. When Pratchett goes, I'll raise my glass to him with track one spilling from my speakers.
Published 8 months ago by D. Eckard
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Are in, or Near Manhattan.....Until December 8
Please read and enjoy the other reviews. This is an incredibly beautiful - choose your own interpretation of that adjective - collection of Tallis's music. Read more
Published 10 months ago by John Lonergan
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll never flunk out when the Tallis Scholars tutor you.
This ethereal group may have equals, but will never have rivals. The best of the best of some of the best music ever written for the human ear.
Published 16 months ago by HR Hibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Soothing
I confess I did go looking for this after reading the Fifty Shades trilogy and am glad I did. The music is transcendental and gorgeous. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tallulah
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice.
Really enjoy this CD when I want to relax or just listen to something different. It is enjoyable and well done.
Published 16 months ago by NB's Bluelapis
5.0 out of 5 stars heaven to your ears
this is one of the reasons I read 50 shades over and over listen to this in the content with the story .gave me cold chills this music is so passionate and moving... Read more
Published 18 months ago by twilightgma1954
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks to 50 Shades!
E. L. James introduced me to Thomas Tallis thru her writing of 50 Shades of Grey. I love the melodies and harmonies!
Published 18 months ago by Lynn
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