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Live in Oxford / Phillips, The Tallis Scholars

Album Summary

>Obrecht, Jacob : Salve regina, motet for 3 voices
>Desprez, Josquin : Gaude virgo, mater Christi, motet for 4 parts
>Desprez, Josquin : Absalon, Fili Mi, motet for 4 parts (poss. spurious)
>Taverner, John [Composer] : Gaude plurimum, antiphon for 5 voices
>Byrd, William : Tribue Domine
>Tallis, Thomas : I call and cry to thee
>Mundy, William : Adolescentulus Sum Ego, for 6 voices
>Mundy, William : Vox patris caelestis
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This Gimell reissue celebrates the Silver Anniversary of the Tallis Scholars. The group's extraordinary success is a result of the flawless balance and musical flexibility of its singers.

"This disc celebrates 25 years since Peter Phillips directed his first concert ever, in 1973. He generously acknowledges the influences upon him, in particular The Clerkes of Oxenford. The Tallis Scholars have, in turn, developed a tonal purity which is unsurpassed.

Their superb tuning, all the harder to achieve with two voices only to a part, generates a magnificent sonority. For this commemorative disc, they have returned to the clear, warm acoustics of Merton College Chapel, Oxford, venue for nine of their early recordings. The result is enthralling, from the impeccably pure plainchant opening of Obrecht's Salve regina to the seamless six-part richness of Byrd's Tribue, Domine.

A high point is Tallis's brief meditation on the mystery of the Mass, O sacrum convivium, deliciously coloured by characteristically English harmonic clashes. Mundy's Vox patris is on a monumental scale, nine verses of quasi-erotic adoration of the Virgin. The most remarkable colour is Josquin's dark lament, Absalon fili mi, lower voices only descending 'weeping into hell' in starkly angular lines. The recorded sound is superb, at a distance but cleanly etched. This is a glorious testimony to a golden age of music, and to a silver jubilee of unsurpassed musicians." -BBC Music *****



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Works Details

>Obrecht, Jacob : Salve regina, motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: The Tallis Scholars
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College (12/17/1996-12/19/1996)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Desprez, Josquin : Gaude virgo, mater Christi, motet for 4 parts
  • Ensemble: The Tallis Scholars
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College (12/17/1996-12/19/1996)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Desprez, Josquin : Absalon, Fili Mi, motet for 4 parts (poss. spurious)
  • Ensemble: The Tallis Scholars
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College (12/17/1996-12/19/1996)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1497
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Taverner, John [Composer] : Gaude plurimum, antiphon for 5 voices
  • Ensemble: The Tallis Scholars
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College (12/17/1996-12/19/1996)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Byrd, William : Tribue Domine :: Te depricor; Part III
  • Ensemble: The Tallis Scholars
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College (12/17/1996-12/19/1996)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tallis, Thomas : I call and cry to thee
  • Ensemble: The Tallis Scholars
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College (12/17/1996-12/19/1996)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mundy, William : Adolescentulus Sum Ego, for 6 voices
  • Ensemble: The Tallis Scholars
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College (12/17/1996-12/19/1996)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mundy, William : Vox patris caelestis
  • Ensemble: The Tallis Scholars
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College (12/17/1996-12/19/1996)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live