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Tallis: The Tallis Scholars Sing Thomas Tallis Import

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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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''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)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Spem In Alium
  2. Sancte Deus
  3. Salvator Mundi, Salva Nos I
  4. Salvator Mundi, Salva Nos II
  5. Gaude Gloriosa
  6. Miserere Nostri
  7. Loquebantur Variis Linguis
  8. If Ye Love Me
  9. Hear The Voice And Prayer
  10. A New Commandment
  11. O Lord, Give Thy Holy Spirit
  12. Purge Me, O Lord
  13. Verily, Verily I Say Unto You
  14. Remember Not, O Lord God
  15. Tunes For Archbishop Parker's Psalter
  16. O Lord, In Thee Is All My Trust
  17. Christ Rising Again
  18. Blessed Are Those That Be Undefiled

Disc: 2

  1. Lamentations Of Jeremiah I
  2. Lamentations Of Jeremiah II
  3. Absterge Domine
  4. O Sacrum Convivium
  5. In Manus Tuas
  6. Salve Intemerata
  7. Magnificat For 4 Voices
  8. Ave, Dei Patris Filia


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 (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,237 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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