Tallis: I call and cry to thee, O Lord

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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.

“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 ****

“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

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English Anthems from Oxford

English Anthems from Oxford

Byrd to Britten


Bairstow:

Let all mortal flesh keep silence

Boyce:

O where shall wisdom be found?

Britten:

Hymn to St. Peter, Op. 56a

Byrd:

Sing joyfully

Farrant, R:

Hide not thou thy face

Gibbons, O:

O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not

Greene, M:

Lord, Let Me Know Mine End

Harris, W:

Bring us, O Lord God

Howells:

Like as the Hart

Purcell:

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

I was glad when they said unto me, Z19

Stainer:

I saw the Lord

Stanford:

Glorious and Powerful God, Op. 135 No. 3

Tallis:

I call and cry to thee, O Lord

Weelkes:

Hosanna to the Son of David

Wesley, S S:

Blessed be the God and Father

Wood, C:

Hail, gladdening Light


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Tallis - Spem in Alium

Tallis - Spem in Alium


Tallis:

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

I call and cry to thee, O Lord

With all our hearts and mouths

Discomfort them, O Lord

Missa Salve intemerata

Salve intemerata


“one of the most remarkable recordings of 2005…. the performances here are beyond praise.”The Penguin Guide

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Tallis: The Lamentations and Contrafacta

Tallis: The Lamentations and Contrafacta


Tallis:

Lamentations of Jeremiah I & II

Wipe Away my Sins

Forgive me, Lord, my sin

Blessed are those that be undefiled

Arise, O Lord, and hear

With all our hearts and mouths

I call and cry to thee, O Lord

O sacred and holy banquet

When Jesus went into Simon the Pharisee's house

Blessed be thy Name

O Praise the Lord II

Sing and glorify heaven's high majesty


Thomas Tallis served four monarchs in his post at the Chapel Royal, and was held in great esteem by his masters and colleagues. ‘Tallis is dead, and music dies,’ said William Byrd, his most distinguished pupil. Tallis was a great survivor of the dangerous shifting sands of religious and court politics in England at the turn of the 16th century and his music displays remarkable craftsmanship. The intensity of expression, and the sheer unrivalled beauty and drama of his work enables it to reach out through the centuries and move the presentday listener. He is one the greatest English composers, and ranks among the 16th century’s most significant composers. This recording brings together his two fine settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, and English adaptations of several of his best known Latin motets, including ‘Sing and glorify heaven’s high majesty’ which is better known as Spem in alium – the huge 40-part motet that has become his most famous work. Adapting Latin texts to English became an important task during the 1550s, and the process became known as ‘contrafactum’. Contrafacta survive in the output of many of Tallis’s contemporaries, especially John Taverner.

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The Best of Thomas Tallis

The Best of Thomas Tallis


Tallis:

O sacrum convivium

Audivi vocem de caelo

Lamentations of Jeremiah I & II

Discomfort them, O Lord

Loquebantur variis linguis

Videte miraculum

Mass for four voices

Sanctus

I call and cry to thee, O Lord

Salvator mundi

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


Though he lived through some of the most tumultuous times in English history, from the reigns of Henry VII to Elizabeth I, Thomas Tallis (c. 1505–1585) composed music for both the Catholic and Anglican churches that resounds the world over to this day.

Whether singing the monumental splendour of his famous 40-part motet Spem in alium or the intimate prayer I call and cry to thee, O Lord, the internationally renowned Oxford Camerata conducted by Jeremy Summerly are perfectly attuned to Tallis’s timeless genius.

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Thomas Tallis - Complete Works Volume 8

Thomas Tallis - Complete Works Volume 8

Lamentations and Contrafacta


Tallis:

Lamentations of Jeremiah I & II

Wipe Away my Sins

Forgive me, Lord, my sin

Blessed are those that be undefiled

Arise, O Lord, and hear

With all our hearts and mouths

I call and cry to thee, O Lord

O sacred and holy banquet

When Jesus went into Simon the Pharisee's house

Blessed be thy Name

O Praise the Lord II

Sing and glorify heaven's high majesty


“Two of the Biblical lessons for Maundy Thursday show Tallis at his most creative and imaginative.
'Incipit lamentatio…' the rising fourth, followed by a descending minor scale, imitated in turn by each of the other voices, sets the tone of sorrowful lamenting. Chapelle du Roi capture this mood with calm perfection. The flowing melodies of the introductory Hebrew letters, the clear articulation of the homophonic sections, each element is performed with understanding, due restraint, and never overdone.
The Latin motets that lie behind the English contrafacta have been recorded on Volume 7 of this series. It's remarkable how well the English texts, not necessarily translations or paraphrases, are made to fit the originals. Much interesting research lies behind the notes to Volumes 7 and 8: the identification of the original sources throws additional light on the religious and political struggles of Tallis's working life, and offers glimpses of domesticity. Dixon's choice between two possible groupings of five voices, the lower male-voice group and a higher one to include the ladies of the house, makes perfect sense.
Sing and glorify is a contrafactum of Tallis's monumental Spem in alium, intended for a joyful royal investiture a quarter of a century after his death.
The motet was recast in an entirely different mould: to wish long life to the young Prince of Wales was a far cry from a desperate appeal to God for mercy: even Dixon's faster tempo can't alter that, but what a fine performance his singers give of it.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Anthology of English Anthems

Anthology of English Anthems

450 years Byrd to Tavener


Attwood, T:

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire

Bairstow:

Blessed City, heavenly Salem

Let all mortal flesh keep silence

Battishill:

O Lord, look down from heaven

Bennett, R R:

Verses

Berkeley, L:

Thou Hast Made Me

Blow:

My God, My God, Look Upon Me

Boyce:

O where shall wisdom be found?

Britten:

Hymn to St. Peter, Op. 56a

Byrd:

O Lord Turn Thy Wrath

Teach me, O Lord

Exalt Thyself, O God

Sing joyfully

Croft:

God Is Gone Up With A Merry Noise

Fanner:

The Lord's Prayer

Farrant, R:

Hide not thou thy face

Finzi:

Welcome Sweet and Sacred Feast, Op. 27 No. 3

Gibbons, O:

O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not

O Lord, I Lift My Heart To Thee

Greene, M:

Lord, Let Me Know Mine End

Harper, J:

Salve Regina

Ubi Caritas

Harris, W:

Bring us, O Lord God

Harvey, J:

Come, Holy Ghost

The Tree

Holst:

The Evening-watch, H159

Howells:

Like as the Hart

Thee will I love

Come, my soul

Ireland:

Greater Love Hath No Man

Joubert:

O Lorde, the maker of al thing

Leighton:

Drop, Drop Slow Tears

Give me the wings of faith

Morley:

Out of the Deep

Nolo mortem peccatoris

Ouseley:

Is it Nothing to You?

O Saviour of the world

Parry:

My soul, there is a country (No. 1 from Songs of Farewell)

Purcell:

I was glad when they said unto me, Z19

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

O God, thou hast cast us out, Z36

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Rose, B:

Praise Ye the Lord

Sheppard, J:

The Lord's Prayer

Stainer:

I saw the Lord

Stanford:

The Lord is my shepherd

Glorious and Powerful God, Op. 135 No. 3

Stewart, H C:

King of Glory, King of Peace

Tallis:

I call and cry to thee, O Lord

Purge me, O Lord

O Lord, give thy holy spirit

Tavener:

Hymn to the Mother of God

Tomkins:

Then David mourned

O Praise the Lord, All Ye Heathen

Tye:

I Will Exalt Thee

Vaughan Williams:

Whitsunday Hymn

Walton:

Set me as a seal upon thine heart

Weelkes:

Hosanna to the Son of David

O Lord Arise

Wesley, S S:

Blessed be the God and Father

The Wilderness

Wilder, P:

Blessed Art Thou

Wood, C:

O thou the central orb

Hail, gladdening Light

Expectans Expectavi


Magdalen College Oxford, John Harper

“this set contains some very fine performances – particularly of the early twentieth century works. It makes fascinating listening especially for anyone interested in the development of music.” MusicWeb International, October 2012

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