Renaissance Radio

Renaissance Radio

by The Tallis Scholars
     
 

This is a compilation of 47 short tracks, a few of them excerpts from longer pieces, by Britain's Tallis Scholars, the ensemble of about a dozen mixed-gender, adult singers (generally two per part, the black belt of ensemble singing) that has risen to the top of the heap in Renaissance a cappella choral music. The collection dates back to the mid-1980s and runs up to…  See more details below

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This is a compilation of 47 short tracks, a few of them excerpts from longer pieces, by Britain's Tallis Scholars, the ensemble of about a dozen mixed-gender, adult singers (generally two per part, the black belt of ensemble singing) that has risen to the top of the heap in Renaissance a cappella choral music. The collection dates back to the mid-1980s and runs up to the present day, and it marks the Scholars' 40th anniversary, although it doesn't cover that entire span of time. The stated reason for the curious title Renaissance Radio is that when leader Peter Phillips founded the Tallis Scholars in 1973, "sacred vocal music from the Renaissance Era was seldom heard on radio. Now it is firmly established as one of the great repertoires of Western classical music." The collection seems to be intended as a crossover-friendly collection of Tallis Scholars recordings, offering lots of small snippets that you might indeed hear on the radio more often than you would, say, a complete Josquin mass. As such, it's very nice. The opening truncation of Allegri's "Miserere," which loses its last 12 verses, gets things off to an uneasy start; it would have been better to simply leave the piece off. But after that the double album is a kaleidoscopic sequence of great moments in Renaissance music, and it's very easy on the ears. The first part of the program is devoted to Continental music, after which the generally simpler English works by Thomas Tallis and others are experienced as pure, as a kind of resolution. You can easily listen to the entire two CDs (or online equivalent) without feeling that anything has been repeated. The recordings aren't presented chronologically, and they come from several different venues, but they thus attest all the more to the remarkable consistency of sound and flawlessness of ensemble this group has achieved over the years. For anyone seeking a Tallis Scholars sampler, you couldn't do better.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/2013
Label:
Gimell Uk
UPC:
0755138121225
catalogNumber:
212
Rank:
144537

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus  - Gregorio Allegri  - Andrew Carwood  - Peter Phillips  - Deborah Roberts  -  Tallis Scholars  (05:50)
  2. Ave Maria... virgo serena, motet for 4 parts  - Josquin Des Prez  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (05:26)
  3. Descendi in Hortum Meum  - Cipriano de Rore  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (05:27)
  4. Ego Flos Campi for 7 voices  -  Jacobus Clemens Non Papa  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (04:10)
  5. Benedicta es caelorum regina (octavi toni), magnificat for 6 voices (on Josquin's motet), H. xv/228  - Roland de Lassus  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (03:52)
  6. Salve Regina, motet for 6 voices, M. xix  - Roland de Lassus  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (03:57)
  7. Joseph, lieber Joseph mein  - Hieronymus Praetorius  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (02:32)
  8. Missa "L'homme armé" sexti toni, for 4 parts: Agnus Dei 3

    • Josquin Des Prez
    • Peter Phillips
    • Tallis Scholars
    1. Agnus Dei 3  (04:15)
  9. Missa "Et Ecce Terrae Motus," for 12 voices: Agnus Dei 2

    • Antoine Brumel
    • Peter Phillips
    • Tallis Scholars
    1. Agnus Dei 2  (03:29)
  10. Missa Brevis, for 4 voices: Agnus Dei 2

    • Giovanni Pierliugi Palestrina
    • Peter Phillips
    • Tallis Scholars
    1. Agnus Dei 2  (03:06)
  11. Sicut lilium inter spinas, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book I)  - Giovanni Pierliugi Palestrina  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (04:44)
  12. Precibus et meritis beatae Mariae, motet for 5 voices, W. 8/45  - Carlo Gesualdo  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (03:02)
  13. Maria, Mater gratiae, motet for 5 voices, W. 8/63  - Carlo Gesualdo  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (03:42)
  14. Ave Virgo Sanctissima, motet for 5 voices  - Francisco Guerrero  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (03:59)
  15. Ave Maria, motet for 4 voices  - Tomás Luis de Victoria  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (02:16)
  16. O vos omnes, responsory for 4 voices  - Tomás Luis de Victoria  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (02:53)
  17. Missa Pro defunctis II, for 6 voices: Kyrie

    • Tomás Luis de Victoria
    • Peter Phillips
    • Tallis Scholars
    1. Kyrie  (02:36)
  18. Missa Pro defunctis II, for 6 voices: Graduale

    • Tomás Luis de Victoria
    • Peter Phillips
    • Tallis Scholars
    1. Graduale  (03:10)
  19. Versa est in luctum, motet for 6 voices (Missa Pro defunctis II)  - Tomás Luis de Victoria  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (03:50)

Disc 2

  1. Lamentations (of Jeremiah), 1st lesson for 5 voices, P. 102

    • Thomas Tallis
    • Peter Phillips
    • Tallis Scholars
    1. Incipit  (01:21)
    2. Aleph  (02:39)
    3. Beth  (04:48)
  2. Mihi autem nimis (also set as "Blessed be thy name"), motet (Introit) for 5 voices, P. 204  - Thomas Tallis  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (02:37)
  3. O sacrum convivium (also set as "I call and cry to thee" and "O sacred and holy banquet"), motet for 5 voices, P. 210  - Thomas Tallis  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (03:39)
  4. O nata lux de lumine, motet (hymn) for 5 voices, P. 209  - Thomas Tallis  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (02:03)
  5. Miserere nostri, motet for 7 voices, P. 207  - Thomas Tallis  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (02:32)
  6. Kyrie "Leroy", for 4 voices  - John Taverner  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (03:33)
  7. Missa "Gloria Tibi Trinitas" for six voices: [Excerpt]

    • John Taverner
    • Peter Phillips
    • Tallis Scholars
    1. [Excerpt]  (02:58)
  8. Ave Maria Mater Dei for 4 voices  - William Cornysh  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (03:10)
  9. In manus tuas Domine [No. 1], for 3 voices  - John Sheppard  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (03:28)
  10. In manus tuas Domine [No. 2], motet for 4 voices  - John Sheppard  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (02:55)
  11. In manus tuas Domine [No. 3], motet for 4 voices  - John Sheppard  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (02:55)
  12. Mass for 4 voices (SATB): Agnus Dei

    • William Byrd
    • Peter Phillips
    • Tallis Scholars
    1. Agnus Dei  (03:18)
  13. If ye love me, anthem for 4 voices  - Thomas Tallis  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (02:04)
  14. Hear the voice and prayer, anthem for 4 voices  - Thomas Tallis  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (03:05)
  15. A new commandment, anthem for 4 voices  - Thomas Tallis  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (02:42)
  16. Psalm Tunes (9) for Archbishop Parker's Psalter, for 4 voices: Why fum'th in fight

    • Thomas Tallis
    • Peter Phillips
    • Tallis Scholars
    1. Why fum'th in fight  (00:57)
  17. Psalm Tunes (9) for Archbishop Parker's Psalter, for 4 voices: Even like the hunted hind

    • Thomas Tallis
    • Peter Phillips
    • Tallis Scholars
    1. Even like the hunted hind  (00:52)
  18. Psalm Tunes (9) for Archbishop Parker's Psalter, for 4 voices: God grant we grace

    • Thomas Tallis
    • Peter Phillips
    • Tallis Scholars
    1. God grant we grace  (01:03)
  19. Psalm Tunes (9) for Archbishop Parker's Psalter, for 4 voices: Come Holy Ghost

    • Thomas Tallis
    • Peter Phillips
    • Tallis Scholars
    1. Come Holy Ghost  (00:41)
  20. When David Heard That Absalom Was Slain, for 5 voices  - Thomas Tomkins  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (04:26)
  21. Sing Joyfully, anthem for 6 voices (SSAATB)  - William Byrd  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (02:48)
  22. O God, the proud are risen, anthem for 6 voices (SSAATB)  - William Byrd  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (03:03)
  23. O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth, anthem for 6 voices (SAATTB)  - William Byrd  - Peter Phillips  -  Tallis Scholars  (02:51)

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