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Cantiones Sacrae 1575 [Double CD]

Alamire Audio CD
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One of the leading vocal consorts in the UK, Alamire has an enviable line-up of some of the finest consort singers under the charismatic directorship of David Skinner. Inspired by the great choral works of the medieval and early modern periods, the ensemble expands or contracts according to its chosen repertoire and often combines with instrumentalists, creating colourful programmes to ... Read more in Amazon's Alamire Store

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  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Composer: Thomas Tallis, William Byrd
  • Audio CD (20 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Obsidian
  • ASIN: B0046YHEQO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Salvator mundi: Salvator mundi I 2:340.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Absterge Domine 5:260.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. In manus tuas 1:460.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Emendemus in melius 2:580.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Libera me, Domine, et pone me juxta te 7:100.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Peccantem me quotidie 6:100.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mihi autem nimis 1:470.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. O nata lux de lumine 1:350.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. O sacrum convivium 3:030.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Aspice, Domine, quia facta est desolata civitas 4:480.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Attollite portas 4:340.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. O lux, beata Trinitas 4:030.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Derelinquit impius 3:130.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Dum transisset Sabbatum 3:530.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Honor virtus et potestas 3:470.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Sermone blando angelus ? 4:490.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Laudate, pueri, Dominum 3:570.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Memento, homo 2:370.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Siderum rector 2:330.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Te lucis ante terminum (festal) 1:590.59  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Te lucis ante terminum (ferial) 1:340.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Salvator mundi: Salvator mundi II 2:210.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Candidi facti sunt Nazarei 1:560.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Da mihi auxilium 6:590.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Domine, secundum actum meum 7:200.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Diliges Dominum 3:020.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. In jejunio et fletu 4:100.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Suscipe quaeso Domine - Si enim iniquitates 7:110.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Miserere mihi, Domine 2:200.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Tribue, Domine10:51Album Only
Listen11. Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna 3:540.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Miserere nostri 2:470.59  Buy MP3 

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The Cantiones Sacrae collection of 1575 was the first fruit of the 21 year music-printing monopoly granted to these two Catholic composers by Elizabeth I. Fittingly, it contains some of the finest Latin sacred music the pair wrote. Contrasts abound: Byrd's florid three section Tribue Domine is almost Marian in its vastness, while Tallis's hymn setting O natalux delumine is brevity itself. The dozen singers perform expressively and blend beautifully throughout, while Skinner, who adopts a commonsense approach to pitch standards, injects passion into every note. --Sunday Times (Stephen Pettitt, Jan 30th 2011)

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Alamire - David Skinner, direction

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent recording 1 Feb 2011
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I think this is an excellent double CD. Tallis and Byrd have been extensively recorded by some truly brilliant ensembles, but this is a very welcome and significant addition to the catalogue. David Skinner has studied and lived with the 1575 Cantiones Sacrae for many years, not least in the recordings he prepared and produced for The Cardinall's Musick's superb Byrd series. This is the first time that the whole of the Cationes Sacrae has been recorded together in the order in which Byrd and Tallis placed them in the manuscript, and it is Skinner's personal, deeply researched and deeply felt take on a sublime collection of music. The result is fabulous, and it has been in my CD player almost constantly since it arrived a few days ago.

Alamire are a group of very fine singers and their performance is excellent - technically flawless and with a lovely balance and blend. Skinner's choices of pitch (which he explains in the fascinating notes) are generally fairly low, giving a very rich sound with a thrillingly full lower register. The acoustic in the Fitzalan Chapel at Arundel Castle is simply perfect for this, with a lovely resonance which never obscures or blurs the parts. Skinner maintained in a recent interview on Radio 3 that this music is not aetherial and other-worldly and this is reflected in the performance which is a little more robust than, say, The Tallis Scholars or Stile Antico. This brings out many of the music's wonderful qualities, such as Byrd's inventive harmonies, but there is still plenty of sheer beauty here. For example, the collection closes with possibly the best performance I have heard ofTallis's indescribably lovely Miserere nostri Domini. Considering the competition, this is very high praise indeed and not given lightly.

In short, this is a terrific set of wonderful music, superbly sung. Very warmly recommended indeed.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 5 April 2011
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With a few of the more familiar pieces such as the Tallis Salvator Mundi and the short O Nata lux, these 32 settings selected as an original set, as it was intended to appear together in the 1575 Cantiones Sacrae all sound new and refreshing in this very accomplished and profoundly musical recording, and are mostly also less familiar to most. These 2 CDs are in a different league altogether even from other very illustrious recordings of these works, such as the Tallis Scholars.

As another reviewer has commented, some of the pieces are performed at a lower pitch than is usually heard, still further enhanced by Alamire's strong deep bass(-baritone) Robert Macdonald, and by voices such as that of Clare Wilkinson (for a solo voice + viol consort version of the Tallis Salvator Mundi 1, also with Clare Wilkinson, try the Rose Consort recording).

There is of course considerable evidence for pitches sometimes as much as a 4th lower than is commonly assumed for music of this period, including for viols, for larger instruments with longer string lengths, and this aspect really works well here.

For a dramatically impressive illustration of just how good this can be, the Tallis In ieiunio et fletu on the 2nd CD is truly magnificent. (Bottom D's.) The richness of the sound quality achieved at this low pitch easily surpasses anything I have heard for a long time.

The performance of Byrd's Domine Secundum Actum Meum also stands out as very emotionally powerful.

The quality of the ensemble and the individual singing is truly outstanding - paradoxical though that may seem. Unlike other ensembles who seem sometimes to aim for a cohesive 'sound wash' which can be pleasant enough, there is a clean, sharpness of sound here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Admirable in performance and scholrship 28 Feb 2011
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The praise from sources for more qualified than this one already heaped on this recording is entirely justified. The singing is exemplary throughout, and when coupled with the undoubted scholarship of David Skinner makes this a must have album in what DS promises to be the first volume in a ten year project to record the definitive review of music of the great age of English church music.
As always David Skinner's notes provide insight into the recording and the choices made in the final production. I look forward to the continuation of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking 6 Mar 2011
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Alamire have done some superb recordings before, but this one surpasses them all. The individual voices are wonderful, but together they produce something quite breathtaking. I can listen to it over and over again, and each time I hear something different. If you enjoy early music, this is a must-have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthrallingly beautiful. 23 Mar 2011
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If ,like me you love period religious music from an age of faith, you'll be as enchanted by this performance also.
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