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Posted October 1, 2010
This record has lived with our family for decades and remains our favorite of all, from any period. The extraordinary quality of the individual voices, especially the young sopranos, and direction never lose their impact. The showpiece here is the remarkable 40-voice, 8-choir motet Spem in Alium, which here becomes a full-throated cry for recognition and support. The riches of this piece are truly inexhaustible, and it is given an interpretation that is both analytic and deeply moving. Listen how the repeated calls of "Respice", after the only two silences in the piece, are treated is such different ways, letting the full choral sound dissolve into strands of individual voices. However, if you want a shorter sample of the riches of this recording, try track 6, a deeply introspective "Miserere" for two choirs. I once silenced a whole hi-fi store by trying this out on a pair of speakers I wanted to buy. The Tallis Scholars never got better than this.....
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