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Cantiones Sacrae 1575 / Thomas Tallis & William Byrd

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  1. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Salvator mundi: Salvator mundi I $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Absterge Domine $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — In Manus Tuas $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Emendemus In Melius $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Libera me, Domine, et pone me juxta te $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Peccantem Me Quotidie $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Mihi Autem Nimis $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — O Nata Lux De Lumine $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — O Sacrum Convivium $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Aspice, Domine, quia facta est desolata civitas $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Attollite Portas $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — O lux, beata Trinitas $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Derelinquit Impius $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Dum transisset Sabbatum $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Honor Virtus Et Potestas $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Sermone Blando Angelus … $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Laudate, pueri, Dominum $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Memento, Homo $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Siderum Rector $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Te Lucis Ante Terminum (Festal) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Te Lucis Ante Terminum (Ferial) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Salvator mundi: Salvator mundi II $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Candidi facti sunt Nazarei $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Da Mihi Auxilium $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Domine, Secundum Actum Meum $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Diliges Dominum $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — In Jejunio Et Fletu $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Suscipe quaeso Domine - Si enim iniquitates $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Miserere mihi, Domine $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Tribue, Domine
  31. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Thomas Tallis & William Byrd — Miserere Nostri $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Tallis, Thomas : Absterge Domine
>Tallis, Thomas : In manus tuas
>Byrd, William : Emendemus in melius, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Byrd, William : Libera me, Domine, et pone me juxta te, motet for 5 voices (SAATB)
>Byrd, William : Peccantem me quotidie, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Tallis, Thomas : Mihi autem nimis (also set as "Blessed be thy name"), motet (Introit) for 5 voices, P. 204
>Tallis, Thomas : I call and cry to thee
>Byrd, William : Aspice Domine quia facta est, motet for 6 voices (SSAATB)
>Byrd, William : Attollite portas (also anthems
>Byrd, William : O lux beata Trinitas, motet for 6 voices (SSAATB)
>Tallis, Thomas : Derelinquit impius, motet for 5 voices, P. 189
>Tallis, Thomas : Dum transisset Sabbatum
>Tallis, Thomas : Honor, virtus et potestas, motet for 5 voices, P. 237
>Tallis, Thomas : Sermone blando angelus
>Byrd, William : Laudate Pueri Dominum, motet for 6 voices (SAATBB)
>Byrd, William : Memento homo (also anthem
>Byrd, William : Siderum Rector (also anthem "Lord God Almighty"), motet for 5 voices (SSATB)
>Tallis, Thomas : Te lucis ante terminum
>Tallis, Thomas : Te lucis ante terminum (Procul recedant somnia) (II), motet for 5 voices, P. 215
>Tallis, Thomas : Salvator mundi (II) (also set as "When Jesus went"), motet for 5 voices, P. 219
>Tallis, Thomas : Candidi facti sunt Nazarei, motet for 5 voices, P. 186
>Byrd, William : Da mihi auxilium, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
>Byrd, William : Domine secundum actum meum, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
>Byrd, William : Diliges Dominum, motet for 8 voices (SSAATTBB)
>Tallis, Thomas : In jejunio et fletu
>Tallis, Thomas : Suscipe quaeso, motet for 7 voices, P. 222
>Byrd, William : Miserere mihi, Domine, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
>Byrd, William : Tribue Domine
>Byrd, William : Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna, motet for 5 voices (SAATB)
>Tallis, Thomas : Miserere nostri, motet for 7 voices, P. 207
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Notes & Reviews:

In 1575 'Thomas 'Tallis Then An 'Aged Man', And His Pupil And Friend William Byrd, Who Was In His Mid To Late 30S, Paid Tribute To Elizabeth 1 By Selecting 17 Motets Each For Their Cantiones Sacrae ('Sacred Songs'), The First Major Printed Collection Of Music To Be Published In England. Many Of These Works Have Since Become Staple In The Repertoire Of Church And Chamber Choirs Throughout The World. This Is The First Recording To Present The Cantiones In Their Entirety, By The Same Group Of Singers, And In The Composers' Original Order Of Publication.

"Contrasts abound: Byrd's florid three-section Tribue Domine is almost Marian in its vastness, while Tallis's hymn setting O nata lux de lumine is brevity itself...The dozen singers perform expressively and blend beautifully throughout, while Skinner, who adopts a commonsense approach to pitch standards, injects passion into every note." -Sunday Times****

"They use solo voices throughout, mixed voices with a fairly open sound that brings with it more vibrato than we are used to hearing in such music nowadays...That results in performances that are refreshingly free of self-indulgence. Some of the big Byrd pieces in particular are very good indeed." -Gramophone Magazine

"The prevailing mood is penitential, but the pieces are never dull; there's much delight to be had in listening to the way the individual voice parts weave in and out...Skinner gets his singers to bring [the false relations] out so that they send shivers down your spine...[He] shapes the music extremely well." -Classic FM Magazine****

"Homophonic passages impress with their splendour, enriched here by the chestnut hues of basses William Gaunt and Robert Macdonald. The clarity of line lays bare the ingenuity of counterpoint, no matter how thick the texture becomes - a formidable achievement in Byrd's 'double imitation' motets." -BBC Music Magazine***

"This is the first time the Cantiones Sacrae has been recorded complete and 'in the original order intended by the composers themselves'...An auspicious beginning to a mighty undertaking." -International Record Review

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle.



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>Tallis, Thomas : Absterge Domine
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Tallis, Thomas : Absterge Domine
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Tallis, Thomas : In manus tuas
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Byrd, William : Emendemus in melius, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Libera me, Domine, et pone me juxta te, motet for 5 voices (SAATB)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Peccantem me quotidie, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575

>Tallis, Thomas : Mihi autem nimis (also set as "Blessed be thy name"), motet (Introit) for 5 voices, P. 204
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tallis, Thomas : In manus tuas
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575

>Tallis, Thomas : I call and cry to thee
  • Notes: Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (02/2009); Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle (03/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Byrd, William : Aspice Domine quia facta est, motet for 6 voices (SSAATB)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575

>Byrd, William : Attollite portas (also anthems :: "Let us arise" & "Lift up your heads"), motet for 6 voices (SSAATB)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : O lux beata Trinitas, motet for 6 voices (SSAATB)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575

>Tallis, Thomas : Derelinquit impius, motet for 5 voices, P. 189
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Tallis, Thomas : Dum transisset Sabbatum
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Tallis, Thomas : Honor, virtus et potestas, motet for 5 voices, P. 237
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Tallis, Thomas : Sermone blando angelus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Laudate Pueri Dominum, motet for 6 voices (SAATBB)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Memento homo (also anthem :: "O Lord, give ear"), motet for 6 voices (SSATTB)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575

>Byrd, William : Siderum Rector (also anthem "Lord God Almighty"), motet for 5 voices (SSATB)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tallis, Thomas : Te lucis ante terminum
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Tallis, Thomas : Te lucis ante terminum (Procul recedant somnia) (II), motet for 5 voices, P. 215
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Tallis, Thomas : Salvator mundi (II) (also set as "When Jesus went"), motet for 5 voices, P. 219
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Tallis, Thomas : Candidi facti sunt Nazarei, motet for 5 voices, P. 186
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Byrd, William : Da mihi auxilium, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Domine secundum actum meum, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Diliges Dominum, motet for 8 voices (SSAATTBB)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575

>Tallis, Thomas : In jejunio et fletu
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Tallis, Thomas : Suscipe quaeso, motet for 7 voices, P. 222
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Byrd, William : Miserere mihi, Domine, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Tribue Domine :: Te depricor; Part III
  • Running Time: 10 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575

>Byrd, William : Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna, motet for 5 voices (SAATB)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tallis, Thomas : Miserere nostri, motet for 7 voices, P. 207
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575