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Tallis: Ave, Dei patris filia

Tallis: Ave, Dei patris filia

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Parsons, W:

Out from the deep

Tallis:

Honor, Virtus et Potestas

Candidi Facti Sunt

Homo quidam fecit cenam magnam

Ave Dei patris filia

Christ Rising Again

Litany

The Lord be with you

Benedictus (Blessed be the Lord God of Israel)

Te Deum

Expend, O Lord

E'en like the hunted hind

Venite

O Lord, open thou our lips


The Cardinall’s Musick has returned to the studio—or, more accurately, to the perpendical gothic marvel that is the Fitzalan Chapel of Arundel Castle—to record more of the Tudor masterpieces of Thomas Tallis. The programme includes three beautiful Latin Responsories, the early Votive Antiphon Ave, Dei patris filia, and the Morning Canticles of the ‘Dorian’ Service.

“The sprawling majesty of Thomas Tallis’s Ave, Dei patris filia is brought to startling life here by both the fine voices of the Cardinall’s Musick and the scholarly detective work of David Allinson...Canticles, responses, Te Deum and the Litany are all sung with an almost string-like quality of tone and perfect unanimity.” The Guardian, 16th August 2015 ****

Presto Discs of 2015

Finalist

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Tallis: Ave, rosa sine spinis

Tallis: Ave, rosa sine spinis

& other sacred music


Tallis:

O salutaris hostia for five voices

Wipe Away my Sins

Why Fum'th in Fight?

Ave rosa sine spinis

Blessed be thy Name

Te lucis ante terminum I

In manus tuas

Te lucis ante terminum II

O come in one to praise the Lord

When Jesus went into Simon the Pharisee's house

Euge celi porta

Mass for four voices

Laudate Dominum

Miserere nostri, motet for 7 voices, P. 207

Salvator mundi, salva nos 2 - antiphon for five voices


The Cardinall’s Musick and their inspirational director Andrew Carwood present a further volume of their Gramophone-Award-winning series of Tallis’s sacred music.

This new album contains some of the most sublime music of the entire period, performed with The Cardinall’s Musick’s familiar committed, full-blooded and beautiful singing. In including both Tallis’s English and Latin settings, it demonstrates the composer’s mastery of the changing edicts imposed on him from above in this turbulent time.

Informative and scholarly booklet notes by Andrew Carwood place the music in its historical and liturgical context.

“[Ave, rosa spine spinis]...really brings out the best in the choir, which shows an intelligent sense of direction and a liveliness of execution. The duets in this work are managed very nicely, too, though the bass part at some points...lacks pliability. Elsewhere there is some quite spectacular singing...this present disc is no mean advocate for Tallis's musical imagination.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2015 ****

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Tallis - Gaude gloriosa

Tallis - Gaude gloriosa

and other choral music


Tallis:

Jesu salvator saeculi

Gaude gloriosa Dei mater

Sermone blando angelus

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for 5 voices

Mihi autem nimis

Absterge Domine

Derelinquat impius

Loquebantur variis linguis

Suscipe quaeso Domine

O nata lux de lumine 5vv


‘This superbly sung selection of some of his finest Latin church music will surely prove to be one of Tallis’s very best 500th birthday presents. It is hard to imagine a better performance of the magnificent six-part votive antiphon Gaude gloriosa’ (The Daily Telegraph)

GGramophone Awards 2006

Winner - Early Music

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Tallis: Lamentations

Tallis: Lamentations

& other sacred music


Tallis:

Lamentations of Jeremiah I & II

In pace in idipsum

Short Service (Dorian) for 4 voices

Not every one that saith unto me

Solemnis urgebat dies

Sancte Deus

Dum transisset sabbatum

Why brag'st in malice

Salvator mundi, salva nos 1 - antiphon for five voices

Te Deum

Veni creator: Come Holy Ghost


Superlative performances of the Tallis Lamentations make this penultimate volume in The Cardinall’s Musick cycle something rather special. Andrew Carwood’s typically inspiring commentaries further enhance an album to savour.

“The singers reach the highest standards.” The Observer, 17th April 2016 *****

“This final volume of Tallis from The Cardinall’s Musicke continues the fine form of its predecessor. Their interpretation of the English-texted works shows how effective these contrapuntally unassuming settings can be when sung with conviction…the most comprehensive survey of Tallis since the Chapelle du Roi’s and consistently the more accomplished.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

“By approaching Tallis with authority, the singers of The Cardinall’s Musick illuminate his complex masterpieces” BBC Music Magazine, June 2016 ***

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Tallis: Missa Puer natus est nobis

Tallis: Missa Puer natus est nobis

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anon.:

Puer natus est nobis

Tallis:

Salvator mundi, Domine

Missa Puer natus est nobis

Quod chorus vatum

Benedictus (Blessed be the Lord God of Israel)

Magnificat for 4 voices

Audivi vocem de caelo

Videte miraculum


Gramophone Record of the Year-winning group The Cardinall’s Musick continues its exploration of Tallis’s sacred music. These recordings not only showcase the greatest repertoire of the English Renaissance in dazzling performances, but also illustrate the complex historical and political background of the works and their genesis.

This volume presents Tallis’s extraordinary seven-voice Mass, Missa Puer natus est nobis, which dates from the Catholic reign of Mary I. In his fascinating booklet notes Andrew Carwood writes that this Mass is ‘something of a marriage between the English and Spanish Chapels, not only in its scoring but also in its sound world … the piece is sonorous and rich, a gorgeous background tapestry for a solemn celebration of the Mass, and has wonderful dramatic effects including the use of antiphony or dialogue between voices. It is a shame that Tallis wrote no more in this vein but, perhaps like Mary’s short-lived Restoration, it was a piece of the moment not to be repeated’.

Other works recorded here include what is possibly Tallis’s earliest work, the four-part Latin Magnificat, and the gloriously splendid Videte miraculum, a masterpiece with a ‘rich palette of colours, enhanced by suave melodic writing with a slow-moving harmonic pulse tinged with heart-achingly gorgeous cadences’.

“As one would expect from Andrew Carwood's experienced group, these performances are professional and musical. The chants are superbly sung, the pace is well judged if a little brisk, and the expressive dissonances glide perfectly together. The recording itself is very skilled and there is no hint of muddiness in the passages in low pitch.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 ****

“[The Mass is] sung here with customary perfection by the Cardinall's Musick, who polish other Tallis gems alongside it, most notablyVidete miraculum, a work of such sensuous beauty it quite eclipses the Mass.” The Observer, 16th March 2014 ****

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Tallis: Missa Salve intemerata

Tallis: Missa Salve intemerata


Tallis:

Kyrie fons bonitatis

Gloria (Missa Salve intemerata)

Propter veritatem

Credo (Missa Salve intemerata)

Beata Dei genitrix

Ave rosa sine spinis

Nesciens mater

Salve intemerata

Ave regina coelorum

Salve intemerata

Ave regina coelorum

Sanctus (Missa Salve intemerata)

Benedictus (Missa Salve intemerata)

Beata viscera

Agnus Dei (Missa Salve intemerata)


Philip Scriven (organ)

Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (master of music)

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Tallis: Missa Salve intemerata

Tallis: Missa Salve intemerata

and Antiphons


Tallis:

Missa Salve intemerata

PLAINSONG Kyrie fons bonitatis

PLAINSONG GRADUAL Propter veritatem

PLAINSONG ANTIPHON Beata Dei genitrix

Ave rosa sine spinis VOTIVE ANTIPHON

PLAINSONG ANTIPHON Nesciens mater

Fantasy in A minor

PLAINSONG ANTIPHON Regina caeli

Salve intemerata VOTIVE ANTIPHON

PLAINSONG ANTIPHON Ave regina caelorum

PLAINSONG COMMUNION Beata viscera


Philip Scriven (organ)

Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill

Winchester Cathedral Choir released their first album of Tallis's choral music back in 1990 (CDA66400). The recording has remained one of our all-time best sellers and featured in our 20th and 30th Anniversary editions. This second album contains more beautiful, inspirational music by the most influential English composer of his generation, as well as one of the most popular Renaissance composers of today.

It is only in the past few decades that much of the early Tallis repertoire has become widely available. The Salve intemerata Mass is thought to be among the earliest of Tallis's surviving music and was probably written no later than 1530. The settings of the Ordinary of the Mass are here interspersed with votive antiphons by Tallis and Sarum chant. The sole source of the Salve intemerata Mass, and one of the sources of its votive antiphon model, is a set of four out of five original part-books thought to have been compiled for Canterbury Cathedral at its refoundation in 1540.

“Vivid acoustics and mellifluous phrasing in the plainsong pieces evoke a calming contemplative atmosphere. The exemplary tonal finesse and beautifully judged dynamic response in the votive antiphon Ave rosa sine spinis is striking” BBC Music Magazine

“The bright-toned singing combines the clarity and precision essential in this repertoire with notably sensitive shaping of individual lines and excellently judged speeds. The results are exhilarating” Daily Telegraph

“Skilled, thoughtful performances of three great works by a marvellously trained choir'” Gramophone Magazine

“A quite magnificent recording” International Record Review

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Tallis: Salve intemerata & other sacred music

Tallis: Salve intemerata & other sacred music


Tallis:

O Lord, give thy holy spirit

Missa Salve intemerata

Man blest no doubt

Robert Evans (bass)

I call and cry to thee, O Lord

If ye love me

Domine, quis habitabit

A new commandment

Alleluia: Ora pro nobis

Robert Evans (bass) & Robert Rice (baritone)

Let God arise

Robert Rice (baritone)

Salve intemerata virgo


The Cardinall’s Musick and Andrew Carwood continue their exploration of the sacred music of the acknowledged master of the Tudor era, Thomas Tallis. This project follows the completion of their multi-award-winning series of Byrd’s Latin music.

Tallis’s career spans the reigns of four radically different and difficult monarchs, all of whom forced their own religious beliefs on an increasingly divided country. Their various attitudes to the religious questions of the day meant that each required different liturgies and different music to adorn them. Tallis excelled in every style, and this album contains examples of each of them, from the monumental Marian votive antiphon Salve intemerata virgo to the modest English-texted settings of I call and cry to thee and of Psalm translations by Elizabeth I’s Archbishop, Matthew Parker.

“These are commendably committed, full-blooded performances verging at times on over-ripeness...Generally, though, confidence inspires confidence, as in much of the Mass and in Domine, quis habitavit; as for Salve, intemerata, they make as good a case for it as I can recall. More, please.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2013

“In the anthems, particularly, the Cardinall's Musick pulls the listener into Tallis's splendid architecture, with perfect paragraphing and line shape. For the most part, though, it retains a poised distance, with the result that the stylistic contrasts between pre- and post-Reformation never clearly emerge.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2013 ****

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Tallis: Spem in alium

Tallis: Spem in alium

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Tallis:

In ieiunio et fletu

Blessed are those that be undefiled

Spem in alium for eight five-part choirs '40-part Motet'

God Grant we grace (Tallis Canon)

Robert Rice (baritone)

O Lord, open thou our lips

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?

Robert Rice (baritone)

O do well unto thy servant

My soul cleaveth to the dust

Short Service (Dorian) for 4 voices

The Lord be with you

Robert Evans (bass)

O sacrum convivium

Remember not, O Lord God

Hear the voice and prayer

Verily, verily I say unto you

O Lord, in thee is all my trust

Hodie nobis caelorum

Sing and glorify heaven's high majesty


The Cardinall's Musick's thrilling exploration of Tallis' sacred music comes to a glorious close with both versions of the great forty-part motet: 'Spem in alium' itself and 'Sing and glorify', the less familiar English-texted contrafactum.

“Carwood moulds the structures to great effect, with wide ranging dynamics from hushed groupings of eight voices to the full force.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2016 *****

“The placing of the lovely miniature God grant with grace just after the monumental Spem is very moving, and this In ieiunio is as fine an account of it as I can recall…Carwood’s ensemble give the sense of an unfolding tapestry, and the sound recording holds detail and monumentality in fine balance” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

“The end of a highly distinguished contribution to the discography of Thomas Tallis.” MusicWeb International, 9th January 2017

“There’s a sonorous warmth to the lower voices, ameliorating the occasionally searing soprano, in a recording of great clarity which serves the 40 parts well” Choir & Organ, January 2017

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Tallis: Spem in alium

Tallis: Spem in alium

and other choral works


Tallis:

O salutaris hostia for five voices

In ieiunio et fletu

Salvator mundi, salva nos 1 & 2

In manus tuas

Lamentations of Jeremiah I & II

O sacrum convivium

O nata lux de lumine 5vv

Te lucis ante terminum

Spem in alium for eight five-part choirs '40-part Motet'


Winchester Cathedral Choir, Winchester College Quiristers & Vocal Arts Chorus, David Hill

“A thrilling large scale performance” CD Review

“Never before has Spem in alium, Tallis's great 40-part motet, so closely resembled The Last Judgement as it does in this vast and awesome performance” Gramophone Magazine

“Tallis's most famous work is, of course, the showpiece 40-part motet 'Spem in alium'. David Hill's Winchester choristers excel on this excellent 2-CD set, which also contains a number of Tallis's most popular anthems and motets” David Smith, Presto Classical, October 2014

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