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Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas Magnificats [Tallis Scholars] [Gimell: CDGIM 045]

Tallis Scholars, John Tavener Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Composer: John Taverner
  • Audio CD (4 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gimell
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas: Gloria11:44Album Only
Listen  2. Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas: Credo10:38Album Only
Listen  3. Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas: Sanctus & Benedictus 9:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas: Agnus Dei I, II & III 9:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Magnificat for Four Voices11:04Album Only
Listen  6. Magnificat for Five Voices13:23Album Only
Listen  7. Magnificat for Six Voices13:11Album Only

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'I chose to celebrate our 40th anniversary with Taverner's Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas because I believe it to be one of the greatest compositions ever to have been written in England – a perfect ambassador for the repertoire we have made our own. It is also spectacularly difficult to sing, requiring a very high degree of expertise from its performers. I felt there was no better piece to show-case what The Tallis Scholars have achieved in their 40 years of dedication to polyphony: a summation of Taverner's art as well as our own.' Peter Phillips

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The Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips, direction

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5.0 out of 5 stars Taverner's radiant masterpiece 13 Nov 2013
By Stephen Midgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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John Taverner's undisputed masterpiece has long been a class act in the repertoire of the Tallis Scholars and Peter Phillips. This is their second recording of the work on their own Gimell label, and this time it is coupled with a fascinating trio of Magnificat settings.

Taking the Mass first, this Tudor-age cantus firmus setting is a unique and remarkable work, quite distinct from any other setting either from England or from the contemporary Franco-Flemish tradition. Taverner's adventurous writing for 6 voices produces an enthralling expression of the Mass text, as well as a complex texture beautifully enhanced by the thrilling, soaring lines of the treble part. Here, with each of the 6 parts - treble, mean, alto 1, alto 2, tenor and bass - sung mainly by two voices, the extraordinarily demanding treble line is taken by sopranos Janet Coxwell and Amy Haworth. These two ladies do a simply fabulous job, their voices as clear, pure and perfectly pitched as you could wish for, and the effect, especially in the treble/lower-voice duo sections and in the increasingly florid passages towards the close of movements, is spectacular.

In his excellent review my colleague E. L. Wisty has commented on the fact that, for this recording, the work has been transposed upwards, resulting of course in a higher tessitura throughout. It is true that this has a significant effect on what we hear but, contrary to his view, I do not find it a drawback. Unlike a couple of recent recordings by the Marian Consort (e.g.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If life begins... 11 Nov 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase 40, let us hope that there is a long life left in the Tallis Scholars. On entering their fifth decade, director Peter Phillips has chosen to re-record John Taverner's Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas, first recorded by the Tallises in 1986, though I have not heard that disc. Phillips' rationale for selecting this work once again is his view that it is "one of the greatest pieces of music ever to have been written in England", demonstrating Taverner's "[faultless] grasp of all the techniques available to him".

Scored as SSAATB, this is a tighter arrangement than first time round in line with recent practice by the Scholars with 2 voices per part, and it's a demanding work for the vocalists, in particular for the Treble (i.e. Soprano 1) & both Alto parts whose singers must possess an exceptionally broad range. Most obviously for the listener to this disc are the soaring high notes perfectly delivered by the pairing of Janet Coxwell and Amy Haworth in the Treble line. The scores (downloadable from the Gimell site) indicate that the Mass, and also the three Magnificats also here, are transposed up by a minor third.

If I refrain from awarding five stars this should in no way be taken as a comment upon either Taverner's compositional talent or on the skill and performance of the Tallis Scholars themselves, rather it reflects my own personal view in that I do not enjoy music quite so heavily dominated by the sopranos, especially when transposed upwards to suit them (and one suspects a weightier presence in the recording mix too), quite so much as I do that with a more balanced arrangement, such as the Tallises' previous release Mouton: Dictes Moy Toutes Pensees.
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Released to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Tallis Scholars on 3 November 2013 this album has gone straight to number 1 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart and is the highest non-crossover album in the Classical Artists Chart.

Reviewing the album on BBC Radio 3 CD Review Andrew McGregor said "it's a thrilling sound ... you can see why Peter Phillips choose the Taverner, it's a great display piece for the ensemble ... in this Taverner Mass and the 3 Magnificat settings The Tallis Scholars are unsurpassed".

Paul Driver in The Sunday Times described the "impeccable purity of sound, with ecstatic results" and Robert Levett in International Review Review said "it's quite simply stunning".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gala performance. 5 Aug 2014
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Having acquired the excellent series of Taverners' works by the Sixteen I hesitated before buying this version by the Tallis Scholars. I do not regret my purchase.
This is an exceptional performance especially by the two trebles of an early Tudor masterpiece. Long flowing melodies building to a glorious crescendo in the Gloria and Credo followed by the lovely Sanctus / Benedictus and finishing with the sublime Agnus Dei. The CD also contains the three Magnificats exceptional works themselves reflecting different styles. The five voice is said to be the earliest of the three, "late medieval" in style and scored for the lower voices. The six voice bears more resemblence to the composition found in the mass.
Through the beautiful and complex music of Taverner the Tallis scholars are able to demonstrate their exceptional talent. The acoustics of Merton College are outstanding and this adds even more to the enjoyment.
I would also recommend series by the Sixteen of Taverners works. Five star music at a budget price.
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Published 1 month ago by Stephen Allcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine music
This is the Tallis Scholars at their inimitable best. This music soars. It is beautiful. In fact it is near perfection.
Published 5 months ago by Mary Pirie
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
This won the Gramophone record of the year award for good reason. A magnificent recording, with sopranos versus boy trebles which were used in the Tallis Scholars' first recording... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marcolorenzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Tallis are best
Frequent visitor to their wonderful concerts. Consoling, ethereal music making at its very very best. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Eileen S Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
The music and singing are beautiful. I had heard some songs on the radio and loved the way they made me feel. Enjoyable.
Published 6 months ago by mrs jennie soulsby
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
for someone who likes that sort of music ! Can be off putting for a person who only likes modern or really classical music ; it is a matter of getting used to chants.
Published 7 months ago by Alissa Laloutre
5.0 out of 5 stars Missa Gloria
An excellent recording, and beautifully presented. It was bought as a present and the recipient was very pleased with it.
Published 7 months ago by Cressida
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
You will have seen many reviews of this CD, all excellent. They are justified. It is wonderful in every way.
Published 8 months ago by flycatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful
This is beautifully sung and beautifully recorded. If you are interested in this type of polyphony then buy this and lay back and let it wash over you. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Christopher Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Sir John Tavener/ Tallis Scholars
A really exceptional recording, from a world leading English Composer and English Choir. I was fortunate to have heard The Tallis Scholars singing at Tewkesbury Abbey this year,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Peter. D Granville-Edmunds
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