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Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly - Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium; Missa Salve intemerata (2005)

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Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly - Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium; Missa Salve intemerata (2005)

Thomas Tallis - Spem in Alium; Missa Salve intemerata (2005)
Oxford Camerata, conducted by Jeremy Summerly

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 300 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 183 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Naxos | # 8.557770 | Time: 01:17:17

To mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Tallis, here are his biggest and best church compositions, performed in its customary high style by the Oxford Camerata under Jeremy Summerly (whose Fauré Requiem remains one of Naxos's all-time bestsellers). Tallis's youthful motet Salve intemerata is among the longest single-movement works of the 16th century, but it is Spem in alium, a work of Tallis's maturity, that overshadows any other English piece of the period, including those of his great contemporary, William Byrd. Scored for 40 independent voices, it is symphonic in proportion and resplendent in this surround-sound version.

Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990) [Re-Up]

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Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990) [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990)
George Crumb, Thomas Tallis, István Mártha, Charles Ives, Dmitri Shostakovich

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Label: Nonesuch/Elektra | # 7559-79242-2 | Time: 01:01:39
Classical, Contemporary, Avant-Garde

This disc is supposed to hurt. Just look at the program: it starts with Crumb's Black Angels for electric string quartet, a work that is the aural equivalent of Coppola's Apocalypse Now, and ends with Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8, a work that is either the aural equivalent of a monument to the victims of war and fascism written in the ruins of Dresden or the musical equivalent of a suicide note written before the composer joined the Communist Party. With the spooky and evocative performances of Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium, Istvan Marta's Doom. A Sigh, and Charles Ives' There They Are!, this disc is so painful it could be the soundtrack for an unmade Kubrick movie. The question is, is this disc supposed to hurt so much? The Kronos Quartet is a harsh and aggressive ensemble with an angular approach to rhythm and structure and an overwhelming need to assert its individual and collective identity.

The Marian Consort, Rose Consort of Viols, Rory McCleery - Loquebantur: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks (2015)

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The Marian Consort, Rose Consort of Viols, Rory McCleery - Loquebantur: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks (2015)

The Marian Consort, Rose Consort of Viols, Rory McCleery - Loquebantur: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 297 Mb | Total time: 66:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Delphian | # DCD34160 | Recorded: 2015

John Baldwin was a lay clerk at St George’s Chapel, Windsor in 1575 and became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in 1598. The so-called ‘Baldwin Partbooks’, held at Christ Church, Oxford, were his creation – a very personal collection, representing his individual tastes and interests from a wealth of English and Continental polyphony and consort music.
As in their previous collaboration, an exploration of the similarly conceived partbooks of Robert Dow, the Marian Consort and Rose Consort of Viols have kept faith with Baldwin’s own intentions, bringing to light some of the rarer gems preserved by this great advocate and music-lover and providing the listener with ‘such sweete musicke: as dothe much delite yeelde’.

The Marian Consort, Rose Consort of Viols, Rory McCleery - An Emerald in a Work of Gold (2012)

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The Marian Consort, Rose Consort of Viols, Rory McCleery - An Emerald in a Work of Gold (2012)

The Marian Consort, Rose Consort of Viols, Rory McCleery - An Emerald in a Work of Gold (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 350 Mb | Total time: 72:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Delphian | # DCD34115 | Recorded: 2012

For its second Delphian recording, The Marian Consort have leafed through the beautifully calligraphed pages of the partbooks compiled in Oxford between 1581 and 1588 by the Elizabethan scholar Robert Dow, to present a deeply satisfying sequence of some of their brightest jewels. Sumptuous motets, melancholy consort songs and intricate, harmonically daring viol fantasies are seamlessly interwoven, all brought to life by seven voices and the robust plangency of the Rose Consort of Viols in the chapel of All Souls College, Oxford – where Dow himself was once a Fellow.

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet, Connor Burrowes - Consort Songs (1996)

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Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet, Connor Burrowes - Consort Songs (1996)

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet, Connor Burrowes - Consort Songs: Dowland, Byrd, Tallis, Nicholson, Cobbold, Simpson, Jenkins (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 224 Mb | Total time: 50:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Channel Classics | # CCS 9196 | Recorded: 1996

The sound of choirboys singing laments and death songs had enormous appeal to our Elizabethan and Jacobean ancestors – the childish expression of adult emotion apparently sharpening the music’s poignancy. How apt, then, to hear the young Connor Burrowes perform this repertoire, and with such affecting candour and musical maturity. He’s accompanied not by a viol consort – as would have been more common – but recorders, whose inherently vocal quality weaves a light tapestry of sound. They’re particularly effective in the group of pastoral pieces, played here with charming grace and agility.

The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood - Thomas Tallis: Lamentations and Other Sacred Music (2016)

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The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood - Thomas Tallis: Lamentations and Other Sacred Music (2016)

Thomas Tallis: Lamentations and Other Sacred Music (2016)
The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood, director

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 325 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68121 | Time: 01:13:09

Ten English composers set the Latin text of the Lamentations of Jeremiah in the mid-16th century, in the reigns both of the Catholic Queen Mary and the Protestant Elizabeth I. Precise details are hard to establish of when works were performed, as Andrew Carwood explains in an illuminating note to this disc, but there seems little doubt that Tallis, though a Catholic, wrote his masterpiece for Elizabeth. The repeated final lines, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, turn to the Lord your God”, unforgettable once heard, have a dark resonance here, thanks to the sonorous basses of the Cardinall’s Musick (Robert Macdonald, Simon Whiteley). The rest of this fine recording draws on music from across Tallis’s career, with English and Latin settings (Sancte Deus, Te Deum, Come, Holy Ghost and more). The singers reach the highest standards.

Alistair Dixon, Chapelle du Roi - Thomas Tallis: The Complete Works [10CDs] (2011)

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Alistair Dixon, Chapelle du Roi - Thomas Tallis: The Complete Works [10CDs] (2011)

Alistair Dixon, Chapelle du Roi - Thomas Tallis: The Complete Works [10CDs] (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,81 Gb | Total time: 657:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94268 | Recorded: 1996-2004

Tallis lived during a time of tremendous religious upheaval. The succession from Henry VIII to Edward VI, Edward to Mary Tudor and Mary to Elizabeth meant changes from Catholic to Protestant, and back again with Mary, before Elizabeth’s “third way” – a more accepting and moderate form of Protestantism.

The Tallis Scholars - Thomas Tallis: The Christmas Mass (1998)

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The Tallis Scholars - Thomas Tallis: The Christmas Mass (1998)

The Tallis Scholars - Thomas Tallis: The Christmas Mass (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans ~ 171 Mb
Classical, Choral, Christmas | Label: Gimell | # 454 934-2 | Time: 00:56:22

Few ensembles are as difficult to write about as the incomparable Tallis Scholars. Inevitably, you just string together an array of superlatives and hope that other reviewers haven't gushed about the same attributes using the same words in precisely the same order. The ensemble's recording of the Christmas Mass and the antiphon Ave Dei patris filia marks both its fourth recording of works by Renaissance master Thomas Tallis and one of Gimell's last albums to be made during an unhappy affiliation with Universal Classics. (The label has since reverted to independent status, distributed in the United States by Harmonia Mundi.) As has been the case with other Tallis Scholars projects, the singers have rediscovered missing manuscripts and have put together the first modern performance editions of both of these works. Their complete mastery of their chosen subject, combining keen scholarship and transcendent beauty, makes this a radiant recording. The clarity and luminescent tone that conductor Peter Phillips achieves with his singers are simply superb. The recording, made at their frequent locale of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Norfolk, is a faithful one–but don't miss any opportunity to hear them live.

Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Music from the Chirk Castle Part-Books (2009)

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Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Music from the Chirk Castle Part-Books (2009)

Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Music from the Chirk Castle Part-Books (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 295 Mb | Total time: 71'04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA67695 | Recorded: 2008

This disc presents a selection of works from the Chirk Castle part-books, a fascinating collection of devotional music from the Tudor period that remained hidden in the castle library for three hundred years.
The Chirk manuscripts contain works for unaccompanied voices as well as verse anthems and services, scored for solo voices, chorus and organ. This recording focuses on the unaccompanied items, presenting for the first time a selection of the ‘full’ services and anthems found in the manuscripts, including seven unique to the Chirk collection.

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players: An English Coronation, 1902-1953 (2019)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players: An English Coronation, 1902-1953 (2019)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players: An English Coronation, 1902-1953 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 662 Mb | Total time: 159:21 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Signum Classics | # SIGCD 569 | Recorded: 2018

The four coronations of the twentieth century were enormous and extravagant. Replete with festive pageantry, these ceremonies were joyful celebrations of British music, employing tremendous forces. Choirs from across London and beyond were marshalled to provide a chorus of over 400 voices; a full-size symphony orchestra was squeezed into Westminster Abbey, whilst bands of fanfare trumpeters led the pomp and celebration.