Renaissance Giants

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
The title of the Tallis Scholars' two-disc set Renaissance Giants is a little intimidating; to some, it may conjure up visions of Godzilla-sized Galileos or Cosimo de Medicis trampling around, flattening the elegant fa?ades and cathedrals of Florence and Pisa under their stocking feet. Nevertheless, it is not that; rather, Renaissance Giants is a collection of major works by six composers -- Tallis, Taverner, Josquin, Palestrina, Byrd, and Victoria -- who were considered, among a few others, the guiding lights of the Renaissance period. Renaissance Giants is a little unusual in that collections of this kind usually consist of short pieces that illustrate the works of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
The title of the Tallis Scholars' two-disc set Renaissance Giants is a little intimidating; to some, it may conjure up visions of Godzilla-sized Galileos or Cosimo de Medicis trampling around, flattening the elegant façades and cathedrals of Florence and Pisa under their stocking feet. Nevertheless, it is not that; rather, Renaissance Giants is a collection of major works by six composers -- Tallis, Taverner, Josquin, Palestrina, Byrd, and Victoria -- who were considered, among a few others, the guiding lights of the Renaissance period. Renaissance Giants is a little unusual in that collections of this kind usually consist of short pieces that illustrate the works of many composers, as was The Best of the Renaissance, a 1999 Philips "Duo" that likewise drew upon the catalog created by the Tallis Scholars for their own Gimell label in the 1980s and 1990s. Gimell's Renaissance Giants departs from this model entirely, and in selecting long, expansive works that illustrate the glory and majesty of renaissance sacred music, this more accurately reflects the Scholars' own wishes in terms of compiling a commercially necessary greatest-hits package. These recordings were made between 1984 and 1993 and considered state of the art both as performances and recordings; despite the passage of some time since then, they do not seem dated in the least. If you are a listener well acquainted with the work of the Tallis Scholars, then chances are you will have most to all of these recordings already. However, if one is relatively new to the field of Renaissance sacred choral music and in need of a reliable and enjoyable CD collection to get started with it, one can hardly expect to find a better introduction than Renaissance Giants.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2006
  • Label: Gimell Uk
  • UPC: 755138120723
  • Catalog Number: 207
  • Sales rank: 161,085

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spem in Alium (also set as "Sing and glorify"), motet for 40 voices, P. 299 - Thomas Tallis & Peter Phillips (9:57)
  2. 2–5 Mass "The Western Wind", for 4 voices - John Taverner & Peter Phillips (32:16)
  3. 6–10 Missa "Pange Lingua", for 4 parts - Josquin Desprez & Peter Phillips (29:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1–5 Missa Brevis, for 4 voices - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina & Peter Phillips (21:37)
  2. 6–10 Mass for 4 Voices (SATB) - William Byrd & Peter Phillips (22:03)
  3. 11–18 Missa Pro defunctis II, for 6 voices - Tomás Luis de Victoria & Peter Phillips (35:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Tallis Scholars Primary Artist
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