Tudor Church Music, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Gimell's two-disc set The Tallis Scholars Sing Tudor Church Music, Vol. 2, is part of a program in which the Tallis Scholars appear to be consolidating their earlier albums into more efficiently arranged packages at a slightly lower price point than has been their wont. This is a good thing; as by virtue of the survival rate of the renaissance composers in which they specialize, certain discs tended to be short, and these regrouped issues deliver more bang for one's buck. This set, issued as a companion to The Tallis Scholars Sing Tudor Church Music, Vol. 1, includes on its first disc the whole of a 1989 release devoted to John Sheppard, Media vita, along with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Gimell's two-disc set The Tallis Scholars Sing Tudor Church Music, Vol. 2, is part of a program in which the Tallis Scholars appear to be consolidating their earlier albums into more efficiently arranged packages at a slightly lower price point than has been their wont. This is a good thing; as by virtue of the survival rate of the renaissance composers in which they specialize, certain discs tended to be short, and these regrouped issues deliver more bang for one's buck. This set, issued as a companion to The Tallis Scholars Sing Tudor Church Music, Vol. 1, includes on its first disc the whole of a 1989 release devoted to John Sheppard, Media vita, along with Sheppard's entry from the 1993 disc Western Wind Masses. The second combines three Tallis motets from the album Thomas Tallis: Lamentations of Jeremiah with the whole of a disc devoted to music of Robert White, one of the best discs the Tallis Scholars ever made, devoted to a composer then completely unknown. That has always been one of the group's strong points: a comprehensive grasp of English polyphony led not only to exploring the works of Tallis in more depth than anyone before, but also into significant areas of undervalued repertoire. Curiously, this volume and its companion are issued as "marking the 500th anniversary of the coronation of King Henry VIII on June 24th, 1509," no doubt a dominant figure in the Tudor world, though one personally responsible for the destruction of the majority of Tudor church music of the Latin variety. However, the Tallis Scholars are among the most characteristic and skilled interpreters of what is left of this repertoire: pristine soprano voices sail skyward with absolutely correct pitches, lower voices provide ballast and negotiate the difficult ensemble passages below, providing this music with the almost orchestral-sounding body it needs. Gimell's recordings, made in English churches, are carefully and artfully balanced, and even though some recordings stretch back into the late '80s, and therefore the early digital era, there remains nothing substandard about them. If one likes the English renaissance, or even just wants to give it a try, one can hardly go wrong with a disc like The Tallis Scholars Sing Tudor Church Music, Vol. 2.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • Label: Gimell Uk
  • UPC: 755138121027
  • Catalog Number: 210
  • Sales rank: 271,759

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Media Vita for 6 voices - John Sheppard & Hans - the Younger Holbein (21:44)
  2. 2 Christe Redemptor Omnium for 5 voices - John Sheppard & Hans - the Younger Holbein (4:46)
  3. 3 Reges Tharsis et Insulae for 6 voices - John Sheppard & Hans - the Younger Holbein (5:04)
  4. 4 Sacris Solemniis for 8 voices - John Sheppard & Hans - the Younger Holbein (7:31)
  5. 5 In Manus Tuas Domine I for 3 voices - John Sheppard & Hans - the Younger Holbein (3:28)
  6. 6 In Manus Tuas Domine II for 4 voices - John Sheppard & Hans - the Younger Holbein (2:55)
  7. 7 In Manus Tuas Domine III for 4 voices - John Sheppard & Hans - the Younger Holbein (2:54)
  8. 8 Verbum Caro Factum Est for 6 voices - John Sheppard & Hans - the Younger Holbein (6:56)
  9. 9–12 Mass a 4 ("The Western Wynde") for 4 voices - John Sheppard & Hans - the Younger Holbein (20:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 In jejunio et fletu, motet for 5 voices, P. 198 - Thomas Tallis & Hans - the Younger Holbein (4:43)
  2. 2 O salutaris hostia (also set as "O praise the Lord"), motet (antiphon) for 5 voices - Thomas Tallis & Hans - the Younger Holbein (3:02)
  3. 3 O nata lux de lumine, motet (hymn) for 5 voices, P. 209 - Thomas Tallis & Hans - the Younger Holbein (2:05)
  4. 4 Magnificat - Robert White & Hans - the Younger Holbein (14:48)
  5. 5 Portio mea, domine - Robert White & Hans - the Younger Holbein (7:15)
  6. 6 Regina Coeli for chorus - Robert White & Hans - the Younger Holbein (3:57)
  7. 7 Christe qui lux es, third setting - Robert White & Hans - the Younger Holbein (4:55)
  8. 8 Christe qui lux es, fourth setting - Robert White & Hans - the Younger Holbein (5:07)
  9. 9 Exaudiat te Dominus - Robert White & Hans - the Younger Holbein (9:46)
  10. 10 Lamentations of Jeremiah for 5 voices - Robert White & Hans - the Younger Holbein (22:04)
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The Tallis Scholars Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Tallis Scholars brilliant as usual

    This is glorious music. I think I've listened to this CD five times already. The Tallis Scholars present this music like no other group.
    I am a tremendous fan of this time of music and have an extensive collection. No other group or artist approaches this music with the same dedication to detail and proper performance, This was my first experience with John Sheppard's music. It was wonderful and wonderfully done as was the snippit of Thomas Tallis and Robert White. Dazzling music with dazzling work by the Scholars. I have volume one and the Scholars Thomas Tallis album as well as their Requiem album and they will all be listened again and again and enjoyed thoroughly each time.

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