Thomas Tallis & William Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 1575

Thomas Tallis & William Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 1575

by Alamire

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Overview

Thomas Tallis & William Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 1575

The 1575 publication Cantiones Sacrae was something of a landmark of English music: a major printed-music collection of the sort that had been appearing on the Continent for much of the 16th century. Thomas Tallis and William Byrd were granted a printing monopoly by Queen Elizabeth I and each contributed 17 works to the collection, perhaps because, as ensemble leader David Skinner argues in his booklet notes (in English only), the 17th anniversary of the queen's accession occurred in 1575. That's typical of the level of detail with which the music is presented here. The transposition scheme is laid out in a table, and much is made of the fact that this is the first recording of the whole group of pieces, by the same group of singers and in the order the composers "intended." That's of only minor relevance; the music was never meant for complete performance of this kind. However, when the rubber meets the road these are strong performances by the small mixed-gender group Alamire, which deploys two voices per part. These are Latin motets, several of them quite complex and imposing (try the three-section "Tribue Domine" of Byrd on disc 2); those by the aged Tallis are intense explorations of an older style with plenty of dissonances that Skinner retains here (some performances edit them out). Some of these works will be familiar to devoted choristers, and these may wish to make the leap to the entire set as a reference; the sound, from the Fitzalan Chapel at Arundel Castle in Sussex, is a major plus.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2011
Label: Obsidian
UPC: 0658592070620
catalogNumber: 706
Rank: 230199

Tracks

  1. Miserere nostri, motet for 7 voices, P. 207
  2. Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna, motet for 5 voices (SAATB)
  3. Tribue Domine (Part II: Te depricor; Part III: Gloria Patri), motet for 6 voices (SSATTB)
  4. Miserere mihi, Domine, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
  5. Suscipe quaeso, motet for 7 voices, P. 222
  6. In jejunio et fletu, motet for 5 voices, P. 198
  7. Diliges Dominum, motet for 8 voices (SSAATTBB)
  8. Domine secundum actum meum, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
  9. Da mihi auxilium, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB)
  10. Candidi facti sunt Nazarei, motet for 5 voices, P. 186
  11. Salvator mundi (II) (also set as "When Jesus went"), motet for 5 voices, P. 219
  12. Te lucis ante terminum (Procul recedant somnia) (II), motet for 5 voices, P. 215
  13. Te lucis ante terminum (Procul recedant somnia) (I), motet for 5 voices, P. 214
  14. Siderum Rector (also anthem "Lord God Almighty"), motet for 5 voices (SSATB)
  15. Memento homo (also anthem: "O Lord, give ear"), motet for 6 voices (SSATTB)
  16. Laudate Pueri Dominum, motet for 6 voices (SAATBB)
  17. Semone blando angelus (Illae dum pergunt concitae), motet for 5 voices, P. 193
  18. Honor, virtus et potestas, motet for 5 voices, P. 237
  19. Dum transisset Sabbatum, motet for 5 voices, P. 257
  20. Derelinquit impius, motet for 5 voices, P. 189
  21. O lux beata Trinitas, motet for 6 voices (SSAATB)
  22. Attollite portas (also anthems: "Let us arise" & "Lift up your heads"), motet for 6 voices (SSAATB)
  23. Aspice Domine quia facta est, motet for 6 voices (SSAATB)
  24. O sacrum convivium (also set as "I call and cry to thee" and "O sacred and holy banquet"), motet for 5 voices, P. 210
  25. O nata lux de lumine, motet (hymn) for 5 voices, P. 209
  26. Mihi autem nimis (also set as "Blessed be thy name"), motet (Introit) for 5 voices, P. 204
  27. Peccantem me quotidie, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  28. Libera me, Domine, et pone me juxta te, motet for 5 voices (SAATB)
  29. Emendemus in melius, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  30. In manus tuas, motet for 5 voices, P. 202
  31. Absterge Domine, motet for 5 voices, P. 180
  32. Salvator mundi (I) (also set as "Arise O Lord" and "With all our hearts"), motet for 5 voices, P. 216

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