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Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium

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Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium

...simply spectacular Gramophone 'Editor's Choice'
CKD 233 (Linn Records)
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Track Time Listen
1
Te lucis ante terminum

Te lucis ante terminum

Composer Thomas Tallis
2:39 Play $1.70
2
Salvator mundi

Salvator mundi

Composer Thomas Tallis
2:55 Play $1.70
3
Spem in alium

Spem in alium

Composer Thomas Tallis
9:56 Play $3.40
4
In iejunio et fletu

In iejunio et fletu

Composer Thomas Tallis
4:40 Play $1.70
5
O Salutaris hostia

O Salutaris hostia

Composer Thomas Tallis
3:16 Play $1.70
6
Lamentations I

Lamentations I

Composer Thomas Tallis
8:04 Play $3.40
7
Lamentations II

Lamentations II

Composer Thomas Tallis
12:14 Play $5.10
8
Miserere

Miserere

Composer Thomas Tallis
2:34 Play $1.70
9
Mass for 4 voices Gloria

Mass for 4 voices Gloria

Composer Thomas Tallis
5:22 Play $3.40
10
Credo

Credo

Composer Thomas Tallis
6:12 Play $3.40
11
Sanctus

Sanctus

Composer Thomas Tallis
2:50 Play $1.70
12
Benedictus

Benedictus

Composer Thomas Tallis
2:39 Play $1.70
13
Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei

Composer Thomas Tallis
3:54 Play $1.70
Total Running Time 67 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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A simply spectacular performance which earned the recording a Gramophone 'Editor's Choice' plaudit.

The SACD layer is both 4.1 channel and 2-channel. The Studio Master files are 96kHz/24-bit.

Download includes - cover art, inlay, booklet

Produced by Ben Turner

BBC Radio 3

Building A Library: First Choice
BBC Radio 3 - CD Review
October 2004

 

Editor's Choice'Editor's Choice'
Gramophone

 


Magnificat's tribute to Thomas Tallis, the Father of English Church Music, offers music from four to forty singers ranging from the transcendent simplicity of Te lucis ante terminum to the incomparable tour-de-force Spem in alium for forty voices. The latter is a simply spectacular performance which earned a Gramophone 'Editor's Choice' plaudit:‘This is quite the best performance of Tallis's 40-part Spem in alium that I have heard'. Magnificat's clear melodic lines, rich vocal textures and sense of spaciousness all contribute to create a well-nigh perfect performance of this mesmerising Renaissance polyphony.

Building A Library First Choice: ‘...the vocal texture is rich but clear and the singers bring out the expressive qualities of the music.' BBC Radio 3, CD Review

‘A thick and rich sound which creates a vivid performance.' Independent on Sunday

‘An outstanding performance of Thomas Tallis's Spem in alium provides a powerful cornerstone for a superbly conceived and executed programme.' Gramophone  

‘The sound these singers make is exquisite.' The Sunday Times  

‘The singers of Magnificat have a rich, creamy sound, well blended but with each voice part's individuality also fully audible.' International Record Review


Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium

"In Queene Elizabeths time there was a songe sent into England of 30 parts (whence the Italians obteyned the name to be called the Apices of the world) which beeinge songe mad[e] a heavenly Harmony. The Duke of ______ bearing a great love to Musicke asked whether none of our English men could sett as good a songe, & Tallice beinge very skillfull was felt to try whether he would undertake the Matter, which he did and mad[e] one of 40 p[ar]ts which was songe in the longe gallery at Arundell house which so farre surpassed the other th[a]t the Duke hearinge of the songe tooke his chayne of gold from of his necke & putt yt about Tallice his necke & gave yt him."
Anon.

So goes the story of the composition of Spem in alium, Tallis's great motet for 40 voices, recorded here, in the round, by Magnificat.

Although Thomas Tallis is often (rightly) described as the father of English church music - that is, music to English texts, written for the Reformed rite - his early career of course took place in Catholic establishments, and he never lost his taste for Latin music, as the contents of this disc demonstrate very clearly. Although there are good grounds for thinking that the four-part mass may date from the reign of Queen Mary Tudor (1553 - 1558), when the Catholic rite was revived, the Lamentations and the other motets are certainly later, and therefore for different performance circumstances. Indeed, it is quite likely that Tallis did not merely have a taste for Latin music, but that he also had recusant sympathies (recusants were Catholics who refused to attend church in Elizabethan England)......

Certainly his life and music show a very clear involvement with the Catholic party, which, incidentally, was remarkably ubiquitous during Elizabeth's reign, with very large numbers of the nobility retaining their old religious affiliation. We first see this in Tallis's links with the Ropers, a strongly recusant Kentish family, who were clearly his patrons. Tallis's role as a protector of his pupil William Byrd should not be underplayed, for it was through the good offices of the Roper family that Byrd found somehere to live in the 1580s. It seems to have been through Tallis's influence that Byrd gained access to this circle, thus allowing Byrd's much more open recusancy to find its expression.

Having explained Tallis's recusant links, we have less difficulty in explaining the Latin music he wrote after about 1560, when there could have been little if any opportunity for performance as part of the English liturgy. Wherever else her religious and political sympathies (or duties) lay, Elizabeth clearly enjoyed and supported the music of both Byrd and Tallis: in 1575, Elizabeth issued letters-patent, granting them an exclusive licence to print and publich music. Later that year they jointly issued what was the first collection fo Latin motets ever published in England, the Cantiones quae ab argumento Sacrae vocantur. Each composer included seventeen motets (no doubt a tribute to this the seventeenth year of Elizabeth's reign). The motets on this recording all come from this publication.

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BBC Music Magazine
'Magnificat's cast list is about as good as it gets...'
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Audiophile Audition
Five stars - my whole-hearted, highest recommendation
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Independent on Sunday
A thick and rich sound which creates a vivid performance
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Gramophone
An outstanding performance of Thomas Tallis's Spem in alium provides a powerful cornerstone for a superbly conceived and executed programme.
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New-Classics.co.uk
An inspired performance of this breathtaking piece of music
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Atlanta Audio Society
An intimate and remarkable recording of music by the Thomas Tallis, the "father of English church music"
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