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  • Audio CD (6 Feb. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Signum Classics
  • ASIN: B000E41M7C
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,391 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Philip Le Riche on 29 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is undoubtedly a superlative performance yet to my mind the disk falls a little short of being exquisitely superlative, which is the only way you can describe this masterpiece by Tallis. The 40 parts being dubbed by only 6 singers means that they are impeccably matched and with no domination of the sound by individual voices (as trebles can sometimes do), but the downside is that all 8 choirs sound identical, and are hard to distinguish. And therein lies my biggest criticism: the stereo effect being artificially created at the mixing desk, we don't get the strong impression of being surrounded by singers with clear localisation of each. Perhaps I'm being a little unfair as I've been listening on headphones rather than stereo speakers as it's mixed for, but isn't that what most people use these days? No doubt it would be better on an SACD player which I don't have, but what I long for is a binaural recording - it seems amazing that none appears to have been made as no better subject could exist. I also wonder if the beat, which necessarily had to be rock-solid in order that the 8 choirs could ever be combined, isn't just a little too like an atomic clock. But maybe that's only because I know that's what they did.

For all the above, in no way do I regret this purchase which I've enjoyed enormously. But it's a shame it isn't quite perfect.
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This is an extraordinary piece of music, beautifully sung; one to turn the volume up high and get lost in. There are only two tracks on the disc-one is music and the other a commentary by the singers. The commentary is interesting but not to listen to every time you put the disc on. The music, on the other hand, is really something special.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jun. 2006
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The music here is a glorious ancient masterpiece, the singing is superlative, the sense of style shown is exemplary, the recording is very good except for a minor blemish, and even the liner-note is excellent.

Nevertheless you may attribute the award of as many stars as three in this instance at least as much to my own habitual benevolence as to what this production really deserves. It goes by the title of a 'cd single'. It is the first of its kind to come my way, and I very much hope it will be the last as well. A cd single is something like a stretch-limo being driven around with only one passenger - it's a waste of space and resources. A cd has the capacity for 80 minutes of music, and if someone decides to issue a cd containing only 8 I expect to see this matter reflected proportionately in the pricing. I don't dispute in the least that this recording is very special in some ways, but so are any number of others that come to mind, and the proper course should still have been to fill up the available capacity with other performances, very likely reissues.

Tallis's great motet Spem in Alium was written for 40 solo voices, and there are altogether 6 members of the King's Singers. '6 into 40 doesn't go very well' one of them informs us in the short recorded commentary that accompanies the motet. 6 into 40 goes perfectly well 6 and 2/3 times, what doesn't go is 40 into 6. What the King's Singers have elected to do is utilise modern recording technology so as to take all 40 parts among the 6 of them. I don't question for a moment that this cannot have been straightforward in the least, but it's not exactly new either. More years ago than I care to count there was a record of Bach's concerto for 2 violins with Heifetz playing both solo parts, not so far as I know simultaneously.
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An excellent piece of music, performed perfectly ( as one would expect) by the Kings Singers. Lasts just over eight minutes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful achievement. 4 Mar. 2007
By B. Filippone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The King's Singers have taken on the challenge of singing "Spem In Alium", the famous 40 part motet by Thomas Tallis, by means of multitrack recording technology and accomplished a suprisingly successful recording. Coordinating 40 different voice parts, most of which come and go in a myriad of different ways, must have been quite a daunting task, especially without having the benefit of a conductor or the other 34 singers. The result of their efforts is a very special recording of this music, featuring extraordinary sound quality and surround-sound technology, unmatched clarity of all 40 parts, and a mistake-free performance with the most expert possible choral singers on each part. The King's Singers individually even went so far as to use a slightly different vocal color for the different parts they recorded to add to the illusion that there are 40 different people singing, avoiding monotony and giving individual character to each voice part.

The music itself of course is a phenomenon all its own. Its soaring beauty and craftmanship is staggering, containing every possible choral contrapuntal texture from completely individual free counterpoint to block chords echoing antiphonally. While not intended to be the definitive recording of the piece (some purists obviously won't like the concept), it definitely offers something new. The admittedly annoying concept of a CD single notwithstanding, it is well worth picking up, and even includes a separate track with commentary from the King's Singers.
Lovely but brief 14 Jun. 2011
By Kong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is ONLY the few minutes of Spem in Alium and a rambling how-we-did-it interview. Think of this as an SACD "single;" a lovely recording of a spirited performance of a work that begs for articulate surround playback, but not much content for the price. Amazon also offers a two-channel MP3 download of this same performance for $0.99 [...]
8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
SINGLES BAR 11 Jun. 2006
By DAVID BRYSON - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The music here is a glorious ancient masterpiece, the singing is superlative, the sense of style shown is exemplary, the recording is very good except for a minor blemish, and even the liner-note is excellent.

Nevertheless you may attribute the award of as many stars as three in this instance at least as much to my own habitual benevolence as to what this production really deserves. It goes by the title of a `cd single'. It is the first of its kind to come my way, and I very much hope it will be the last as well. A cd single is something like a stretch-limo being driven around with only one passenger - it's a waste of space and resources. A cd has the capacity for 80 minutes of music, and if someone decides to issue a cd containing only 8 I expect to see this matter reflected proportionately in the pricing. I don't dispute in the least that this recording is very special in some ways, but so are any number of others that come to mind, and the proper course should still have been to fill up the available capacity with other performances, very likely reissues.

Tallis's great motet Spem in Alium was written for 40 solo voices, and there are altogether 6 members of the King's Singers. `6 into 40 doesn't go very well' one of them informs us in the short recorded commentary that accompanies the motet. 6 into 40 goes perfectly well 6 and 2/3 times, what doesn't go is 40 into 6. What the King's Singers have elected to do is utilise modern recording technology so as to take all 40 parts among the 6 of them. I don't question for a moment that this cannot have been straightforward in the least, but it's not exactly new either. More years ago than I care to count there was a record of Bach's concerto for 2 violins with Heifetz playing both solo parts, not so far as I know simultaneously. More recently the Emerson Quartet have given us a performance of Mendelssohn's Octet played by the 4 of them, however they and their producers did not issue this as any cd single but gave us all Mendelssohn's quartets into the bargain. For the most part the challenge has been met very successfully here, the only problem being an odd semi-metallic repeated sound that runs through the entirety of the piece.

The short verbal contribution that the singers give doesn't really say very much that their liner-note hadn't already said, nor indeed say it as well, but it does mention that they had to bring the written pitch down by a tone. This does not worry me in the least, pitch being the variable and ill-defined thing that it has been historically. The motet was almost certainly written with boy trebles in mind for the top parts, and the King's Singers have done the right and sensible thing in bringing it within the comfortable compass of their high counter-tenor. The liner-note is very good, but I had to smile at their innocent comment on the early doubts they entertained and how these were finally resolved - `This version was better than we could have hoped for'. That's that in that case, I guess. From my own less involved viewpoint their version is superlative. The peculiar recording flaw bothers me very little after a lifetime of listening to LP's, but other prospective buyers need to be warned of it. I don't in fact regret buying the disc for an instant, nor do I wish to advise anyone else not to. What I do wish is to propose a total and immediate embargo on further cd singles.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Confused 1 July 2006
By Robbin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Is it my imagination or did the review below not actually say what the technical flaw is. As a recording engineer, I'm curious.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
playability 22 Jan. 2007
By AG Pottage - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The actual recording is first class,but it will only play via my DVD and does not work with the CD player.
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