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Tallis: Spem in Alium /The Tallis Scholars Phillips [CD]

Tallis Scholars, Thomas Tallis Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Tallis Scholars
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Composer: Thomas Tallis
  • Audio CD (2 April 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Gimell
  • ASIN: B00005ATCU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Spem in alium (40-voice motet)
2. Sancte Deus
3. Salvator Mundi, Salva Nos 1
4. Salvator Mundi, Salva Nos 2
5. Gaude Gloriosa
6. Miserere Nostri
7. Loquebantur Variis Linguis

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Spem is mentioned in the latest literary blockbuster - 50 Shades of Grey by E L James.

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Spem in alium - Motets / The Tallis Scholars, dir. Peter Phillips

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical splendour 20 Dec 2005
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
--Thomas Tallis-
Thomas Tallis, born in 1505, was one of the outstanding liturgical composers of his day, being the acknowledged master of the composers of England from the time of Queen Mary's reign forward. He was a composer and Gentleman of the Chapel Royal during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary, and Elizabeth, and worked closely with many other composers, most particularly William Byrd. He was an organist in addition to composer. He died in 1585, having navigated his way through the tumultuous catholic/protestant difficulties of the church which provided his livelihood and creative outlet.
--Spem in alium--
This piece, Spem in alium numquam habui (I have no faith in any other [than God]), is Tallis' most famous piece. It is a 40-part motet, set up for eight five-part choirs. It is a masterpiece. Tallis blended the chordal with the polyphonic here, to great effect. The number of voices makes for interesting effects, particularly when done in cathedral settings. Several stories have appeared about why this work was composed, but in the end, it remains unknown.
--Other music--
Other pieces included on this disc include Tallis' Sancte Deus, one of his early works, done during the reign of Henry VIII, and two settings of Salvator mundi, salva nos. These are rather smaller pieces, particularly in comparison with Spem in alium. Gaude gloriosa is more in keeping with Spem in alium, in terms of length and phrasing. The Miserere is a seven-part technical masterpiece very close in form to traditional English canonical settings. The final piece, Loquebantur variis linguis, is a seven-voice chant.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A definitive Spem, but remember Gaude! 16 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Tallis Scholars made something of a splash with this disc. There wasn't a decent Spem recording on the market when it was released. Now there a many, most of which are better. The main flaw of this recording is the pitch. What was Philips thinking? The higher the better? A 40-part version of Allegri's Miserere? Tempo and dynamics are sound, as are the voices - 40 of the best session singers at the time.
Unlike the 'music fan' from Edinburgh, I found not a single work by Taverner. All Tallis motets follow. Salvator mundis are both great. Loquebantur was a favourite encore for the Scholars, and they perform it with verve. But the winner - Gaude gloriosa; by far the best work on the disc. This old-style Marian votive antiphon is reminiscent of the great late Mediaeval English School. There is more than a hint of Eton Choirbook. But Tallis has pushed the format to the point of High Renaissance. The result is perhaps Tallis's finest masterpiece. The Scholars are masters of this repertoire, and there are few better renditions.
I've had this disc for many years, but it's never gathered dust - must be a goodie.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious sound from the 16th century 27 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This forty five minute CD is dominated by the opening 10 minute "Spem in Alium". It is a wonderful piece of music, written for 40 different vocal parts. The piece starts with only a handful of voices but grows and swells as it progresses, at times melodic, occassionally very chordal. The Tallis Scholars handle it extremely well; the quiet, calmer sections with delicacy and the heavier sections with real power. The quality of the sound in this recording is excellent, washing over and around the listener. Given that it was designed to be sung be 8 choirs of 5 singers located around a cathedral, one can only imagine the effect when it is performed live.
The other peices on this recording are a well-balanced selection from Tavener's other work, ranging from the structured "Salvator Mundi" the the short but sublime "Misere Nostri". Again, the Tallis Scholars sing them all appropriately, and the sound quality is excellent throughout. Highly recommended.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 Shades of ... Spem in alium 16 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
Better to buy The Tallis Scholars sing Thomas Tallis - a brilliant 2CD set at a lower price
The Tallis Scholars sing Thomas Tallis

This album includes "Spem in alium" the single that is #1 in the UK Classical Singles Chart thanks to the controversial literary sensation "50 Shades of Grey" by E L James who said "I am delighted to have introduced so many of my readers to this amazing 16th century piece of music, it is absolutely wonderful and the recording from the Tallis Scholars is particularly special. A deserved number one !!"
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb recording of music rarely heard 21 Sep 2002
By PARTHO ROY - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Whereas Dominican Friars are carolling all the way to the (charitable) bank with their recently in-vogue CD's of medieval chants juxtaposed against New Age beats, there waits the Tallis Scholars group with a more serious interpretation of this venerable church music. "Spem in alium" is a superb recording of the antiphonal choral music composed by Oxford's musical giant of times past, Thomas Tallis. Featuring a variety of his choral music for ensembles both intimate and grand, these gifted singers exemplify outstanding vocal skill, brilliant acoustic engineering (Merton College chapel, I believe), sensitive and scholarly interpretation, and (most important) historical authenticity--no Enigma beats here. For a true musical experience of this centuries-old style, head straight for the Old Guard and purchase this CD for serious appreciation.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical splendour... 5 Jun 2004
By FrKurt Messick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
--Thomas Tallis-
Thomas Tallis, born in 1505, was one of the outstanding liturgical composers of his day, being the acknowledged master of the composers of England from the time of Queen Mary's reign forward. He was a composer and Gentleman of the Chapel Royal during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary, and Elizabeth, and worked closely with many other composers, most particularly William Byrd. He was an organist in addition to composer. He died in 1585, having navigated his way through the tumultuous catholic/protestant difficulties of the church which provided his livelihood and creative outlet.
--Spem in alium--
This piece, Spem in alium numquam habui (I have no faith in any other [than God]), is Tallis' most famous piece. It is a 40-part motet, set up for eight five-part choirs. It is a masterpiece. Tallis blended the chordal with the polyphonic here, to great effect. The number of voices makes for interesting effects, particularly when done in cathedral settings. Several stories have appeared about why this work was composed, but in the end, it remains unknown.
--Other music--
Other pieces included on this disc include Tallis' Sancte Deus, one of his early works, done during the reign of Henry VIII, and two settings of Salvator mundi, salva nos. These are rather smaller pieces, particularly in comparison with Spem in alium. Gaude gloriosa is more in keeping with Spem in alium, in terms of length and phrasing. The Miserere is a seven-part technical masterpiece very close in form to traditional English canonical settings. The final piece, Loquebantur variis linguis, is a seven-voice chant.
--Liner Notes--
Being internationally acclaimed, the Tallis Scholars' CDs typically present their commentary and texts in English, French, German and Italian (together with any Latin texts); that is true of this disc. The cover art also typically represents visual arts contemporary with the compositions - here it is a piece from the Munich collection of Alte Pinakothek by Albrecht Durer in 1500, roughly contemporary with Tallis.
--The Tallis Scholars--
The Tallis Scholars, a favourite group of mine since the first time I heard them decades ago, are a group dedicated to the performance and preservation of the best of this type of music. A choral group of exceptional ability, I have been privileged to see them many times in public, and at almost every performance, their singing seems almost like a spiritual epiphany for me, one that defies explanation in words. Directed by Peter Phillips, the group consists of a small number of male and female singers who have trained themselves well to their task.
Their recordings are of a consistent quality that deserve more than five stars; this particular disc of pieces by Thomas Tallis, the namesake of the group, deserves a place on the shelf of anyone who loves choral music, liturgical music or Gregorian chant, classical music generally, or religious music. It is remarkable, both in composition and performance. The original recording was made in 1985.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rolling Waves of Voices 17 July 2001
By Andrew Hingston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Spem in Alium was Tallis' Doctoral Thesis, and thus a piece intended to display his complete mastery of techniques in liturgical music. Though outlandish in its conception, it was not particularly innovative or experimental. However, as a forty-part motet, it's form is cerainly rare if not wholly unique. Tallis compositional idiosyncracies aside, this CD is absolutely first-rate. There are other recordings of Spem in Alium (and the other of Tallis' works on this CD) nearly as good -- but none finer. The singing is all beautifully clear and manages to be warmly emotional without being Romantic. The accoustic is superb, full and alive without being cloudy, and, like all Gimell recordings I've heard, the actual recording quality is as near to perfect as can be -- which means you hear everything in the music, but are not particulary aware of the recording as a recording. Whether or not you like early music, or liturgical music, or choral music, or English music, or any combination of them: all you have to do to be impressed and completely delighted with this CD is like music. Any kind of music. No one should be without this -- no matter what the rest of their collection consists of. A great record in every way.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a warhorse in my collection� 24 Mar 2002
By NotATameLion - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Tallis Scholars recording of their namesake's "Spem in alium" is a crystal-clear, though somewhat ungenerous disc (forty-three minutes) that has become a warhorse in my musical collection.
As with all the Tallis Scholars recordings that I have heard, "Spem in Alium" is a thing of true beauty. I rank it alongside their recording of Palestrina's assumption Mass and Obrecht's Missa Maria Zart as some of their best work.
"Spem in alium" is something to hear. There are very few pieces of early music that even come close to its scope or grandeur. I suggest waiting until you are all alone in the house and then cranking the volume way up--it is the only proper way to truly drink in this music.
Yet, for as great as the grand title track is, the real jewel for me on this recording is the "Gaude gloriosa." One cannot listen to this stirring, intense music without being moved.
This program of music, though short, is very well put together. The singing is first rate. The recording captures everything perfectly. I highly recommend this CD.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative Performance of Spem in Alium 15 Feb 2006
By Surrounded - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had generally avoided this musical period, and had been ignorant of Thomas Tallis until hearing the version of Spem in Alium on the Kronos Quartet's disc Black Angels. Curiosity compelled me to seek out this performance, incomparably superior to the other:

A lone soprano voice seems to float, weightless, on a sea composed of the other singers' voices. Although we have no way of knowing how the composer intended the piece to sound (the liner notes reveal that even Tallis' reason for composing Spem in Alium is unknown), its success may be judged on the merits of the present performance. From that standpoint, it is a perfect blend of explosive power and unspeakable beauty, in its pure expression perhaps unequaled by anything that followed. Hearing it is a soul-expanding experience, as it must have been for its listeners half a millennium ago.
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