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Tallis: Spem in alium

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Tallis: Spem in alium

...simply spectacular Gramophone 'Editor's Choice'
BKD 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 'Choice' plaudit.

Originally released in 2000, Tallis: Spem in alium has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.

Download includes - cover art, inlay, booklet

BBC Radio 3

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

 

Editor's Choice'Editor's Choice'
Gramophone

 

Gramophone 'Top 10' Tallis Recording (November 2015) 

The Telegraph's '168 Best Classical Recordings' (January 2017) 

 


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.

View the booklet in full here

Gramophone's list of Top 10 British choral works
11 November 2014
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Introducing Linn's ECHO Series
01 September 2014
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Gramophone
Gramophone 'Top Ten' Tallis Recording: 'The hymn Te lucis with its alternating chant strophes sounding so very English (I don’t want to say precious, but almost too perfect for what was, after all, just run-of-the-mill everyday chant!) has the tempo relationship of the chant to the polyphony just right, which is a tremendous plus, rarely achieved.'


Fanfare
'...these are renditions of astonishing beauty.'
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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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Atlanta Audio Society
An intimate and remarkable recording of music by the Thomas Tallis, the "father of English church music"
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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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