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

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Tallis: Spem in alium

Tallis: Spem in alium

& other sacred music


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

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Utopia Triumphans

Utopia Triumphans

The Great Polyphony of the Renaissance


Despres:

Qui habitat

Gabrieli, G:

Exaudi me Domine

Manchicourt:

Laudate Dominum

Ockeghem:

Deo gratias

Porta, C:

Sanctus

Agnus Dei

Striggio:

Ecce beatam lucem

Tallis:

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


Huelgas Ensemble, Paul van Nevel

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Tallis: Spem in Alium

Tallis: Spem in Alium


Tallis:

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

Lamentations of Jeremiah I & II

Motets


La Chappelle du Roi, Alistair Dixon

La Chappelle du Roi give highly praised and beautifully sung performances of Tallis’ most famous works including Spem in Alium and the Lamentations of Jeremiah I&II. Super budget price.

Regis - RRC1394

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Great British Choral Works

Great British Choral Works


Britten:

Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27

Byrd:

Laudibus in sanctis

Carver:

Missa Dum sacrum mysterium: Ave Maria Mater Dei Carver: Benedictus

Cornysh the elder:

Ave Maria Mater Dei

Handel:

Coronation Anthem No. 4, HWV261 'My Heart is Inditing'

Esther: Tune your harps to cheerful strains

Messiah: Worthy is the Lamb

Messiah: Amen Chorus

MacMillan:

A Child's Prayer

A New Song

Purcell:

One charming night (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

Hush, no more, be silent all (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

Sheppard, J:

Media vita

excerpt

Tallis:

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

Tavener:

Today the Virgin

Tippett:

Nobody Knows


Since they were founded in 1979 Harry Christophers and The Sixteen have recorded over 100 discs of choral music spanning 600 years. On this new collection, CORO presents a selection of their most celebrated recordings of music by British composers.

From Tallis’s monumental Spem in Alium and Sheppard’s Media Vita in morte sumus to the delights of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and MacMillan’s powerfully emotive A Child’s Prayer written in memory of the Dunblane tragedy, this disc provides a superb collection of works from some of Britain’s most eminent composers.

Stellar soloists including Michael Chance, Michael George and Mark Padmore all feature and there are works from The Sixteen’s Award-winning Handel recordings—Messiah and Coronation Anthems.

Sixteen tracks, eleven composers, and a feast of British choral music that will delight fans of The Sixteen as well as those new to the ensemble.

“Let these glorious sounds fill your ears and lift your spirits.” GRAMOPHONE

“Outstanding...astonishing stylistic and expressive range.” BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

“One of the finest choirs of our day.” GRAMOPHONE

Coro - COR16092

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Striggio: Mass in 40 Parts (Missa Ecco si Beato Giorno)

Striggio: Mass in 40 Parts (Missa Ecco si Beato Giorno)

1CD+1DVD


Galilei, V:

Contrapunto Secondo di BM

Gregorian Chant:

Spem in alium

Sarum Plainchant

Striggio:

Ecce beatam lucem

Mass in 40 Parts (Missa Ecco si Beato Giorno)

Fuggi, spene mia

O giovenil ardire

Altr’io che queste spighe

D’ogni gratia et d’amor

O de la bella Etruria

Caro dolce ben mio

Misero ohime

Tallis:

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

DVD

1. Striggio – Ecce beatam lucem (5.1 Surround Sound)

2. Striggio – Missa ecco si beato giorni (5.1 Surround Sound)

3. Tallis – Spem in alium (5.1 Surround Sound)

4. The Making of Striggio – Documentary (English/ French/ German)


Celebrating the Rediscovery of a Long-lost Mass in 40 Parts.

A feast of Renaissance choral music from Italy and England, the album (and bonus DVD) reveals a work by the Italian, Alessandro Striggio – believed lost until the recent discovery of vocal parts, in Paris.

Striggio travelled extensively to the courts of Europe and it was probably a performance during his visit to Elizabethan England in 1567 that inspired Tallis to write Spem in alium, which is performed here with rarely heard instrumental accompaniment and the benefit of a major piece of textual change reinforcing the message of forgiveness.

The DVD includes a short documentary about the rediscovery of the mass, as well as excerpts from the recording in 5.1 Surround Sound.

I Fagiolini is an acclaimed British solo-voice ensemble specialising in Renaissance and Contemporary music. An inspired programmer, Robert Hollingworth founded the group in 1986.

“There is nothing ordinary about a performance by I Fagiolini. These singers have made their reputation by turning their backs on convention” (The Guardian).

“Beautifully performed by I Fagiolini with soloists and countless continuo parts, the polychoral effects are striking but harmonically not very interesting. Striggio's secular madrigals are more alluring, and at the end comes Tallis's more famous 40-part Spem in alium, done here with instruments, incomparably more subtle and moving, a masterpiece.” The Observer, 27th February 2011

“[I Fagiolini] do not perform Spem in Alium exactly as we are used to hearing it, for conductor Robert Hollingworth adds continuo to the voices there too, giving extra definition to the work's passing dissonances, which take it far beyond the sumptuous but bland harmonic world of Striggio's models.” The Guardian, 3rd March 2011 ****

“Decca’s engineers... did an excellent job balancing individual details against the total sound picture. Striggio’s music isn’t as richly textured as Tallis’s: no dissonant crunches, fewer soaring blasts. Yet you can still get hypnotised by the dappled flow of mellifluous chords, decorated with florid phrases winding round like honeysuckle.” The Times, 4th March 2011 ****

“Though Striggio's more formal Italian harmonic decorum precludes the kind of harmonic complexities that make Tallis's masterwork such a superb experience, it nonetheless inhabits a powerfully affecting landscape, and is arranged here for period orchestration featuring viols, cornetts, lutes and the like.” The Independent, 4th March 2011 ****

“[The Striggio's] impact in this premiere recording by the voices and period instruments of I Fagiolini under Robert Hollingworth is terrific...Far from splurging his ample resources at once, Striggio juxtaposes passages of differing density, guided by the implications of the Mass text, to create a dramatic expanse in which the full effect of the 40 (or 60) voices is all the more powerful for having been kept in reserve.” The Telegraph, 6th March 2011 *****

“The instruments transfigure much of this music. They do the heavy lifting for some of the choir parts in the Mass and Ecce beatum lucem, contribute to the spacious sonorities, and add delicate moments of colour...Without instruments, the I Fagiolini voices can be tender and nuanced.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 ****

“The ear is constantly taken by details in the elephantine crowd, a distant tenor laughing up a scale, an abrasive shawm doubling a choir's 'hosanna'...Tallis's Spem in Alium is performed with instruments, a legitimate and rare event.” Classic FM Magazine, May 2011 ****

“I Fagiliolini seem to revel in the showy splendour of it all...Hollingworth has chosen his combination of voices and instruments with care...Worth hearing? Definitely.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2011

“So, what's all the fuss about? It all comes down to the three 'S's -size, sonority and seductive spirituality (maybe that's four)...one of the most ambitious and worthwhile Early Music projects for years. That it's a hit too can only be a good thing for all concerned. An important and outstanding release.” International Record Review, May 2011

“Musically the Striggio is much simpler than the Tallis...But there are other things to enjoy with Striggio’s Italian style, which is often much more intricate and ornate...The disc is superbly recorded, capturing the huge scale of the music, whilst retaining plenty of detail.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 7th March 2011

Presto Disc of the Week

7th March 2011

GGramophone Awards 2011

Best of Category - Early Music

Building a Library

Recommended version with mixed voices and instruments - October 2016

Decca - 4782734

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Tallis: Spem in Alium

Tallis: Spem in Alium


Tallis:

God Grant we grace (Tallis Canon)

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

PCA augmented

Hear the voice and prayer

If ye love me

O Lord, give thy holy spirit

Lamentations of Jeremiah I & II

In ieiunio et fletu

Mihi autem nimis

O sacrum convivium

Salvator mundi

O nata lux de lumine 5vv

Te lucis ante terminum


Pro Cantione Antiqua, Mark Brown (director)

Alto - ALC1082

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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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A Year at King's

A Year at King's


Allegri:

Miserere mei, Deus

Barber:

Agnus Dei

Eccard:

When to the temple Mary went

Guerrero, Francisco:

Canite tuba in Sion

Holst:

Nunc dimittis, H127

Lasso:

Videntes stellam

Palestrina:

Hodie Christus natus est

Pärt:

O Weisheit

O Immanuel: Magnificat - Antiphons

Philips, P:

Surgens Jesus

Poulenc:

Videntes stellam (No. 3 from Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël, Op.152)

Stanford:

Coelos Ascendit Hodie, Op. 38 No. 2

Tallis:

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

Tavener:

Away in a Manger

Victoria:

Ascendens Christus in altum

Wood, C:

Tis the day of Resurrection


The paired ancient and modern settings represented on the album showcase the vast range of music that the choir performs each season reflecting Christ’s birth, death and resurrection through the festivals of Advent, Christmas, Candlemas, Lent, Easter and Ascension. The rest of the year, known as Ordinary time, is focused more on Christ’s ministry on earth.

A Year at King’s includes such favourites as Allegri’s Miserere and Barber’s Agnus Dei, an arrangement of his famous Adagio for Strings, as well as the first recording of Tavener’s Away in a Manger, written for King’s College Choir’s 2004 ‘Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols’. The rest of the programme comprises works composed between the 15th and 20th centuries by Palestrina, Pärt and Poulenc, Lassus, Holst, Guerrero, Eccard, Peter Philips and Stanford. The disc is rounded off with a spectacular performance of Tallis’s Spem in alium. On this, as on many previous King’s College Choir recordings, the conductor is Stephen Cleobury, organist and Director of Music at King’s since 1982.

King Henry VI founded King’s College in 1441. Six centuries later, these daily services in the magnificent chapel that is one of the jewels of Britain’s cultural and architectural heritage are the raison d’être for, and a central part in, the lives of the Choir’s 16 choristers, 14 choral scholars and two organ scholars.

The international reputation of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge was established by the radio broadcast worldwide of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols each Christmas Eve, heard currently by an audience estimated in the tens of millions, and has been consolidated by regular international tours and by the critical and commercial success of its EMI Classics releases.

In recent seasons the Choir has travelled throughout Europe as well as to the US, South America, Australia and Asia-Pacific for performances at churches, festivals and cultural centres. Of course, the Choir also performs extensively in the United Kingdom, appearing regularly at all the major halls in London and in the regions, both a cappella and with orchestras. In 2009 they joined other Cambridge artists, ensembles and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis in a BBC Prom to mark the 800th anniversary of Cambridge University. This summer, they appear at the Cambridge and Chester Music Festivals, at the latter of which they perform two extracts from A Year at King’s.

Palm Sunday 2009 saw The Choir of King's College, Cambridge undertake a unique project in collaboration with Opus Arte and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Under the direction of Stephen Cleobury and partnered by the Academy of Ancient Music, the Choir's performance of Handel's Messiah in King's College Chapel was screened live by satellite to cinemas throughout the UK, mainland Europe and Northern America. This first ever live broadcast of a choral concert anywhere in the world was undertaken as part of the King's Easter Festival as well as to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the death of Handel and the 800th anniversary of Cambridge University. The CD of this performance was released by EMI Classics shortly following the event and the DVD in November 2009.

King's Choir played a key part in the BBC’s new Easter schedule in 2010: BBC TV broadcast Easter at King's, an Easter service sung by the Choir and filmed in the Chapel; BBC Radio 3 broadcast two concerts from King's over the Easter period, James MacMillan's St John and a concert of sacred music with the Britten Sinfonia.

The most recent releases by the Choir, under exclusive contract with EMI Classics, include the 80th anniversary broadcast of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols; the above-mentioned Handel’s Messiah on CD and DVD; England, My England, a patriotic collection of English choral favourites that topped the UK classical artist charts and became EMI Classics’ UK best-selling title of 2009; and a stunning selection of Tudor anthems entitled I Heard a Voice.

"A crowning glory of our civilisation" Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

"I would happily sit in King’s College Chapel listening to this choir sing for the rest of my days." Richard Morrison, The Times

“Allegri's Miserere brings an outstandingly involving interpretation to light, the stratospheric top Cs for solo treble not unduly spotlighted, and marvellously natural unison phrasing in the plainchant sections...[a] firmly recommendable introduction to how the King's choir sounds at present.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 ****

“...highly proficient, taking easily in their stride the most elaborate polyphony and answering all the demands...The great motet by Tallis is heard in a new way, moving ahead with resolution and assurance.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2010

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40 Voices

40 Voices


Ceuleers:

Nomen mortis infame

Comes, J B:

Gloria

Despres:

Qui habitat

Gabrieli, G:

Exaudi me Domine

Maessins:

En venant de Lyon

Rebelo:

Lauda Jerusalem

Striggio:

Ecce beatam lucem

Tallis:

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

Wylkynson:

Jesus autem transiens/Credo in Deum


While the latter half of the sixteenth century saw the first stirrings of the Baroque, this period also witnessed the creation of the finest cathedrals in sound, with their foundations in the distant Gothic era of music ... Composers vied with each other in daring and ingenuity, presenting works with twelve, sixteen, twenty-four and even, in the case of Tallis’s famous Spem in alium, forty different voices! The Huelgas Ensemble celebrates its thirty-fifth anniversary with a spectacular selection of these works, recorded live without a ‘safety net’.

“...as the many polyphonic strands surround you – and here they do surround you, thanks to this hybrid SACD – you’d have to have a cold heart not to be caught up in the performances. The ingenuity of the composers is extraordinary” Andrew McGregor, bbc.co.uk, 14th February 2007

“this live recording testifies to their astonishing dynamism, energy and coherence.” Gramophone Magazine

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Music for Queen Elizabeth

Music for Queen Elizabeth


Tallis:

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

Salvator mundi

O sacrum convivium

In manus tuas

O nata lux de lumine 5vv

Absterge Domine

Discomfort them, O Lord

Domine, quis habitabit

Laudate Dominum

Miserere nostri, motet for 7 voices, P. 207

Salvator mundi, salva nos 2 - antiphonn for five voices

Mihi autem nimis

O salutaris hostia for five voices

In ieiunio et fletu

Derelinquat impius


Thomas Tallis served four English monarchs during his long life. A Catholic, he survived the tumultuous religious and political upheavals and persecutions of Edward VI and Mary I. He adapted to the demands of the new reformed church, the Church of England under Henry VIII, self appointed ‘Defender of the Faith’. Under Elizabeth I a more tolerant approach to religion emerged – even the ever-present threat of invasion by Catholic Spain did not deter the Queen from allowing her subjects freedom of worship and expression. Elizabeth’s tolerance may have been dueto the fact that she herself was raised as a Catholic, and it is possible that she missed the pomp and ceremony of the Mass compared to the plain and simple Protestant services of her father’s new Church. Tallis had seen most of the old choirs of the monasteries disbanded, and the music destroyed in the dissolution.

He had learned his trade in this world, and to younger colleagues such as William Byrd he must have appeared as if from a bygone age. However, the great survivor was also very open to new compositional techniques from the continent. He adapted many of his Latin settings for the new Church – this practice called ‘contrafactum’ saw many older works given new life. This extended to his masterwork, the huge 40-part motet Spem in alium (which opens this CD) from 1573. Possibly written to celebrate Elizabeth’s 40th anniversary on the throne, it reappeared as Sing and glorify heaven’s high majesty, in which form it was used in 1616 at the investiture of the future Charles I as Prince of Wales.

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